How a long-term view of LCOE can maximize the value of solar projects

As published in Utility Dive

Cynthia Wang brings her own unique career experience to her role managing the supply chain for SB Energy’s pipeline of U.S. solar projects. SB Energy, which is part of the SoftBank Group, entered the U.S. market in 2019 when it acquired 1.7 gigawatts of existing projects, subsequently expanding its portfolio to over three gigawatts. As vice president of supply chain, Wang’s duties are expansive and include everything from sourcing equipment and EPCs for solar projects, to performing the due diligence necessary to ensure viable economics for each proposal.

In guiding critical choices about the equipment and companies SB Energy collaborates with, Wang keeps in mind an important lesson she has learned over the course of seven years in the solar industry: “I joke that people in the solar industry change jobs every two to three years,” she said. “It’s not because they want to change companies. It’s because the solar companies die.”

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