Our New Strategic Partner: ECP

 ECP logo newThe Alliance is honored and delighted to announce a new strategic partner, the US-China Energy Cooperation Program, which is based in Beijing. Known as ECP, the program promotes collaboration between the two countries’ governments and the private sector to advance a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable environment. ECP is an affiliate of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. Its members include Fortune 500 companies and it partners with a wide range of Chinese and U.S. government agencies. ECP promotes bilateral cooperation on energy issues related to clean energy, trade, energy efficiency and green financing. For more info on ECP, click here.

2017 Bright Year for Solar

The U.S. solar industry reported this month double digit growth for U.S. solar installations in 2016 and 2017. That’s great news! At the end of 2017, U.S. capacity totaled 53.3 GW.
But let’s put this in perspective. That’s less than half of China’s current installed capacity, which is more than 130 GW. China domestically installed 53 GW last year alone. Yup, that’s almost the same as total U.S. capacity. This BNEF article lays out the reasons behind–in its words–China’s “runaway” growth in solar installations.

In the U.S., the solar and wind industries account for way more jobs than the fossil fuels sector. Here are the most recent figures from the Department of Energy’s 2017 Energy and Employment Report.

The question for the U.S. now is how much the Trump Administration’s tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels will hurt the growth of solar installations and job growth here. Solar companies in Massachusetts this year have already blamed significant job losses in part on the Trump Administration’s tariffs because they’ve created financial uncertainty.