Vermont's booming solar energy industry took a hit previous year, shedding 232 of its jobs, or about 13 percent, according to the trade group Renewable Energy Vermont.
Co-organized over three days by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Energy Investment Company (SIE) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), this edition aims "to make professionals aware of the importance of investing in solar energy in Africa".
"More than 1,500 families are supported by a full-time Vermont solar job", Olivia Campbell Andersen, executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont, said in a statement. "Given plenty of volatility out of Washington, we need to make sure Vermont's policies keep us on track towards our climate and clean energy commitments". New rules encourage community solar projects and help ratepayers, who subsidize the above market rates utilities are required to pay for power generated under the program.
That something, renewable advocates say, is a set of changes in 2016 to rules governing the state's net metering program. And while the US solar industry lost jobs overall, mostly due to the "hangover" from a policy-driven boom in 2016, Vermont's 13% decline was more than three times steeper as the national average.
President Donald Trump early this year approved tariffs on foreign solar panels bought by Vermont companies.
According to organizers, "Photovoltaica 2018" provides a platform for the attendees to showcase their products relating to power generation and renewable energy. "We think that is the primary driver in the loss of jobs that we saw in this year's solar census". The solar workforce increased by 168 percent in the past seven years, from about 93,000 jobs in 2010 to more than 250,000 jobs in 2017.
"It's a very robust period of growth, never mind the decline from 2016 to '17", Allen said.