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Blockchain could significantly shape management of renewables, but challenges remain – report

The evolving outlook for project finance, as well as the gradual maturation of technologies, such as blockchain, present new challenges and opportunities for renewables, EY says in its latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) report. Uncertainty in the sector continues to drive a “relentless focus on cost” to soften the impact of protectionism, subsidy cuts and rising interest rates throughout the world, it adds.


JA Solar CFO stands down for personal reasons

Herman Zhao resigned on March 27 from his role as chief financial officer for Chinese solar firm, JA Solar. The company affirmed that there had been “no issues involving its financial statements” that prompted the move.

Heineken unveils strategy to increase renewables to 70% by 2030

The Dutch brewer unveils its “drop the C” program for renewable energy. The campaign aims at growing its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030.


US solar jobs fell 3.8% in 2017

The hangover from the ITC-driven boom in 2016 in the U.S. is the biggest factor in the relative decline, and a rebound is expected in 2019.

Meyer Burger announces at least 100 jobs will go at Thun

Following a consultation process with employees, Meyer Burger has announced 100 jobs will definitely go as part of the closure of its Swiss manufacturing site. Another 60 positions are dependent on strategic alternatives being found.


The weekend read: Empowerment and energy in India

Gender issues: Energy access can be transformed from an obstacle to an opportunity for women’s empowerment through the integration of women into the energy supply chain, as well as supportive policies. Organizations in India are working to expand energy access and empower women by boosting incomes, expanding skills and strengthening self-confidence. Over time, these efforts will enable a woman to have greater influence over herself, her family, and her community.


Hemlock Semiconductor to lay off 100 workers

The U.S.-based polysilicon maker has been in trouble since the imposition of Chinese trade duties on imported polysilicon in 2013.


U.S. thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

The Mississippi-based CIGS manufacturer cites “intense” competition from imports.


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