In recent years, the U.S. solar industry has made significant progress in diversifying the workforce. But it would have only taken a glance across the expo floor at Solar Power International (SPI) this week to know that males, and white males in particular, have an outsized presence in the sector. 

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census for 2016 found there were more than 260,000 solar workers across the country in 2016. Of the 51,000 jobs added last year, women made up half.

That is a great achievement and should not be underappreciated. But while the industry has hired more women in recent years,

In a Season of Storms, DOE Invests $50M in High-Tech Resiliency R&D

Distributed energy and grid intelligence won’t be able to stop a hurricane, or prevent hackers from trying to disrupt the grid. But they could play a role in keeping the grid running amidst storms or cyberattacks, or helping it recover after an outage.

On Tuesday, the Department of Energy announced $50 million in funding for projects aimed at making that vision a reality -- though not specifically as part of recovery efforts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

At the center of the funding is $33 million for seven projects from the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.

Renewables Are Expanding at an Astounding Pace. But It’s Still Not Enough to Meet Climate Goals

In advance of our NY REV Future conference on September 26 and 27, the GTM Research team illustrates major themes from New York’s ongoing utility reform through four projects taking place across the state.

Smart-meter deployment is modernizing the grid

In 2016, Con Edison contracted for 3.6 million smart meters. These meters and the communications network serving them will provide the communication infrastructure and field data necessary to support advanced analytics.

If you are interested in advanced metering infrastructure, you can read more here and get deeper analysis on current and future deployments across the globe here.

The Western

Low UK Offshore Wind Prices Rattle Incumbents: ‘People Are Trying to Put Their Jaws Back in Place’

Are $50 demand charges for rooftop solar owners an unfair monopoly practice, or simply the utility’s way of recovering costs? 

This may be the big-picture question in the two-year legal battle between Arizona utility Salt River Project and Tesla solar subsidiary SolarCity. But it’s not the question the utility is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide.  

Instead, Salt River Project's petition for a writ of certiorari filed on Thursday is asking the high court to review a narrower question -- whether, as a state-regulated entity, it’s immune from antitrust lawsuits in the first place. SRP says yes, SolarCity says no, and

Low UK Offshore Wind Prices Rattle Incumbents: ‘People Are Trying to Put Their Jaws Back in Place’

Solar loan provider Mosaic reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs in which the bank will buy $300 million in loans over time.

This deal will clear up space on Mosaic's balance sheet to finance more loans, and signals a prestigious bank's willingness to buy and own solar loans for itself. 

Mosaic this week also finalized a partnership with Wave Solar to give Mosaic's dealer partners a pre-negotiated discount on the lead generation platform. That service tracks and analyzes interactions with customers, potentially giving long-tail installers more resources to pursue their sales.

Banks have the lowest cost of funds, making them an ideal partner for loan

The pieces of a renewable-forward future are falling into place. Wind, solar, and storage are accelerating. Plummeting costs and greater security in investment mean countries are increasingly looking to renewable technologies as a safe bet. And prices for offshore wind and battery storage are dropping faster than expected.

One hitch, though: That renewable future still won’t mean the globe reaches its climate goals.

New reports from Moody’s Investors Service and energy consulting firm DNV GL outline the unstoppable momentum behind renewables. But even what DNV GL calls a “critical watershed” in the electricity industry doesn’t appear to move the needle fast enough

Low UK Offshore Wind Prices Rattle Incumbents: ‘People Are Trying to Put Their Jaws Back in Place’

Solar loan provider Mosaic reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs in which the bank will buy $300 million in loans over time.

This deal will clear up space on Mosaic's balance sheet to finance more loans, and signals a prestigious bank's willingness to buy and own solar loans for itself. 

Mosaic this week also finalized a partnership with Wave Solar to give Mosaic's dealer partners a pre-negotiated discount on the lead-generation platform. That service tracks and analyzes interactions with customers, potentially giving long-tail installers more resources to pursue their sales.

Banks have the lowest cost of funds, making them an ideal partner for loan sales,

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