May 1, 2020
Idaho Rebound Cash Grants for Small Businesses
Source: Idaho Rebounds, May 1, 2020 Idaho small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the backbone of our state’s economy. However, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has forced widespread closures of small businesses across the Gem State, threatening livelihoods, acute job losses, and imperiling the future of local establishments across our state. The U.S. […]

Learn more

April 27, 2020
Covid-19 Is Pulling the Plug on Clean Energy Jobs
Source: Emily Pontecorvo, WIRED, April 25, 2020 In early March, when Covid-19 cases began popping up across the U.S., the Philadelphia-based company Solar States was having a really good year, with at least six months’ worth of contracts already lined up. The 30-person company installs solar panels on homes and commercial buildings and hosts workforce training programs […]

Learn more

April 24, 2020
Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed
Source: Gov. Jay Inslee, Medium.com, April 24, 2020 Gov. Jay Inslee, in consultation with the state’s construction industry, announced a plan today to allow current construction projects to be completed. The recommendations were informed by workers, contractors, health and safety experts, and local government officials, for safe construction standards. “I thank all those involved in the […]

Learn more

April 22, 2020
Commentary: U.N. chief says there’s a bigger threat than coronavirus
Source: Ryan Heath, Politico, April 21, 2020 NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will use a video speech marking the 50th Earth Day on Wednesday to confront President Donald Trump and directly link coronavirus with climate change. The stark language of Guterres’ prepared remarks, obtained by POLITICO, marks a new willingness by the U.N. chief […]

Learn more

April 21, 2020
Boeing resumes Puget Sound manufacturing operations and steps up response to COVID-19
Source: Boeing Washington Newsletter, April 21, 2020 Manufacturing operations resume around Washington Operations have resumed at Boeing facilities in the Puget Sound region and Moses Lake. This follows a multi-week suspension of manufacturing operations to protect and maintain the health and safety of all those who build, support and rely on our products and services. […]

Learn more

April 16, 2020
Clean Energy Unemployment Claims in COVID-19 Aftermath, March 2020
Source: E2, April 2020 More than 106,000 clean energy workers lost their jobs in the month of March alone, wiping out all the job gains in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean vehicles and other clean energy sectors in 2019, according to an analysis of unemployment data by BW Research for E2. The March layoffs were […]

Learn more

April 16, 2020
Small business loan program out of money amid impasse over new funds
Source: Jordain Carney & Sylvan Lane, The Hill, April 16, 2020 The initial $349 billion pool for emergency loans for small businesses derailed by the coronavirus pandemic has run dry as Republicans and Democrats squabble over how to replenish the relief program. The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) have tapped the entirety of funding allotted for the […]

Learn more

April 16, 2020
NREL’s Six-Junction Solar Cell Sets Efficiency Records
Source: Matthew Mercure, Solar Industry Magazine, April 15, 2020 cientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a solar cell with an efficiency of nearly 50%. The six-junction solar cell now holds the world record for the highest solar conversion efficiency at 47.1%, which was measured under concentrated illumination. A variation of the same cell […]

Learn more

April 16, 2020
A new chemical compound created by researchers at West Virginia University is lighting the way for renewable energy
Source: West Virginia University, Science Daily, April 13, 2020 The compound is a photosensitizer, meaning it promotes chemical reactions in the presence of light. It has many potential applications for improving the efficiency of modern technologies ranging from electricity-producing solar panels to cell phones. The study, published March 16 in Nature Chemistry, was conducted by researchers […]

Learn more

April 16, 2020
The Scientists Taking Atomic-Level Pictures Of The Coronavirus
Source: James Conca, Forbes, April 14, 2020 The novel coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes named coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is sweeping across the planet. It packs an outer armament of 27 specialized proteins, each one having a unique and incredibly complex 3-dimensional structure that helps the virus infect humans, replicate itself by the billions, and […]

Learn more