Job losses in the United States worry, but France and China have continued to add new solar panels – PV Magazine International

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The large number of large solar projects in the US state of North Carolina means that the expected shortage of jobs in the PV industry this month, due to the Covid-19 crisis, is only 19 %, against a national average of 38%, according to figures provided by the professional association Solar Energy Industries Association. SEIA has joined calls for help from Congress for the sector, after reporting that the 250,000 solar jobs in the country at the end of last year had dropped from 62,000 to 188,000 due to fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.

Colleagues of clean energy organizations have called for increased federal support for the sector after a report said the industry had lost 594,300 jobs as a result of the spread of Covid-19 and associated mitigation measures. With double the number of clean energy jobs added to the United States in the past three years, the number of unemployed workers in the sector is expected to reach 850,000 next month. The figures were compiled by the Clean Energy Policy Lobby Group Environmental Entrepreneurs, the Residential Renewable Energy Lobby E4TheFuture, the Clean Energy Advocacy by the American Council on Renewable Energy, and by California-based BW Research.

The US Department of Energy’s SolSmart program offers local Virginia authorities help with solar power, including advice on treatment permits and remote inspections when ordering Covid-19 home stays.

New solar

Thinktank France Territoire Solaire has released figures showing that the amount of new solar panels added in the first three months of the year fell 15% from the fourth quarter of last year to 176 MW. The organization cited the supply chain disruptions associated with Covid-19 and the occurrence of an industrial shutdown caused by a coronavirus at the end of March as the main reasons for the setback.

China added 3.95 GW of new solar power in the first three months of Covid-19, according to figures from the National Energy Administration. The three-month yield was 24% lower than the amount of new solar panels added in the same period last year.

Analysis of residential electricity demand in a neighborhood in Austin, Texas, led clean energy research company Pecan Street to predict potential problems for state power companies if Home support orders imposed to limit the spread of Covid-19 are still in effect. location, and resulting in increased demand for air conditioning, during the summer.

Electric vehicle sales

Market intelligence firm BloombergNEF predicts that electric car sales will drop 1.7 million units this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With this 18% retreat less damaging than the expected 23% drop in sales of conventional models, the penetration of electric vehicles in the entire automobile market should once again increase.

In March, sales of battery electric vehicles (Bev) of 11,694 units in the UK fell 88% to 1,374 last month, illustrating the effect of the Covid-19 locking measures and economic fears of associated households. Figures compiled by the personal car leasing comparison website LeaseFetcher, however, echo BloombergNEF’s conclusions that sales of conventional cars have suffered even more, as the proportion of total sales represented by Bevs has increased from 4.6% in March to 31.8% last month.

The world’s largest solar show has a new date after being postponed in April due to restrictions on public rallies imposed in China to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Snec trade show and conference will now take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai from October 9 to 12.

South Asian concerns

Haryana-based solar panel maker Loom Solar said pv magazine India she and her peers are planning to start producing solar cells because the cost of importing cells from Germany and Taiwan was boosted by the Covid-19 crisis and its effect on air freight prices. Loom Solar director and co-founder Amol Anand said India has 8 GW of capacity to produce domestic PV modules but less than 1 GW of cell output.

Solar companies in Bangladesh that have taken government subsidized loans to deploy the installation of solar home systems have asked for $ 145 million in loans to be canceled as customers affected by the Covid-19 crisis are no longer able to reimburse the systems. .

On Friday, the South African government confirmed in its official journal that construction work could resume on renewable energy projects allocated under the independent supply program for renewable energy producers and on the new construction program Eskom, which includes the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power plants. . The nation has been under a Covid-19 shutdown since March 26, which has been gradually eased recently.

Optimism

A survey by Dutch sister company New Energy Research of event manager on sustainable energy Good! Events & Media says Dutch owners are planning to use the money set aside for vacations they cannot take to buy solar energy instead. Among the 97 companies that responded to the survey, installers predicted that activity would only decrease by 8% this month and next, and manufacturers were just as optimistic, 38% of them predicting that they would have more activity following the Covid-19 pandemic. Commercial and industrial solar installations are expected to drop 31% in June, but Dutch New Energy Research insisted that respondents were talking about delayed rather than canceled investment plans.

Turkey will again try to launch a national 1 GW tender under its Yeka (Yenilenebilir Enerji Kaynak Alanları) renewable energy program in the next quarter. The move was announced as part of a bailout to help Turkish industry weather the Covid-19 crisis.

Electricity prices

Newswire Reuters announced that daily prices on the Japan Electric Power Exchange regularly hit the minimum allowable level of ¥ 0.01 / kWh ($ 0.00009) due to weak demand during the industrial shutdown of Covid-19 and the increase in renewable energy production. As summer approaches, solar capacity in the west of the country has helped drive prices down.

In a sometimes apocalyptic blog article on the pressing reasons to invest in solar energy in a post-Covid-19 South Africa, the managing director of the Johannesburg-based solar installer, Sinetech, cited the need to secure power supply for electric fencing and other home security systems Systems in the midst of load shedding, which announced that Eskom, a utility in financial difficulty, will resume this month and continue for 18 months. Regarding also the increase in homework and the associated electricity needs, Chris Rodgers mentioned that the ultra-low interest rates offered homeowners the possibility of using mortgage bonds to finance rooftop solar energy. would hedge against the sharp increases in electricity prices predicted by the utility, offering an efficient rate of return on a system of 100,000 ZAR ($ 5,540), 5 kW of 40.7%, against real estate returns of 5 , 5%, stock market profits of the tracker fund of 6.89% and investment bank interests of 6.25%. Rodgers also reiterated that the renewable energy industry would create more jobs than coal or nuclear power and provide opportunities for laid-off workers in the coal industry.

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