It's been a year of both continued expansion and mounting challenges for the global solar industry. RenewableEnergyWorld asked solar industry executives to share their thoughts and insights on one burning question:

What has proven to be the most difficult issue facing the solar industry during the past year and what are some key strategies to ensure long-term growth?

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Oil and gas industry employers in the UK are facing significant skills shortages according to the Oil & Gas Global Salary Guide, and over 65 percent (68.1%) of employers plan to increase headcount in 2014, exacerbating the already skill-short market, adding pressure to increase salaries to attract candidates, which is based on data from 24,000 respondents.

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Energy storage players are eyeing emerging opportunities in bioelectronics as wearable, implantable and other medical devices create energy demands and design requirements beyond conventional batteries, according to Lux Research.

Existing battery solutions barely satisfy the demands for increased functionality and power in existing medical devices and may have slowed the shift toward personalized health care in many areas of medicine. ...

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Renewable energy projects are increasingly creating more jobs around the globe. Specifically in the United States, the number of jobs created by solar energy grew by 13.2 percent this year compared to last, according to the Cronkite News Service. The increase in solar energy jobs represents a growth rate nearly six times faster than the national average employment growth rate. ...

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A recent Hard Hat Hub study of construction and engineering professionals in the power (transmission and distribution) industry found that companies will ramp up hiring in 2014, but many are having trouble finding talent and filling open positions.

Nearly 70% of the companies reported experiencing growth in the parts of their businesses that relate to the transmission and distribution of ...

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To help promote the next generation of professionals in the energy industry, IOGP is launching the Outstanding Young Professional Award in association with the biennial SPE HSSE-SR International Conference.

The award will recognize the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience, who can demonstrate professional accomplishments and evidence of outstanding talent, dedication and leadership ...

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Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions in the U.S. Natural Gas Industry Report shows optimism across the industry for future growth is as plentiful as domestic shale gas reserves. The report is based on a comprehensive survey of natural gas industry leaders and includes analysis from Black & Veatch industry experts.

When asked about their view of the industry’s future growth, ...

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