FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The number of solar installations in the United States has officially surpassed 2 million, according to the latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The milestone comes just three years after the industry completed its 1 millionth installation, a feat that took 40 years to achieve.Wood Mackenzie analysts expect the U.S. to crack the 3 million mark in 2021 and 4 million in 2023.“The rapid growth in the solar industry has completely reshaped the energy conversation in this country,” said Abigail Ross-Hopper, president and CEO of trade group SEIA. “This $17 billion industry is on track to double again in five years, and we believe that the 2020s will be the decade that solar becomes the dominant new form of energy generation.”California was central to the market’s early years and remains a critical leg today, but its importance is diminishing as other state markets grow up. California accounted for 51 percent of the first million installations but 43 percent of the second million.Success in acquiring more customers, and at lower costs, will determine how quickly the industry installs its next million systems — and at what price. Largely due to the challenges of customer acquisition cost, Wood Mackenzie forecasts residential growth at just 3.3 percent in 2019.The 2 million solar systems currently installed, which represent more than 70 gigawatts of capacity, provide enough electricity for around 12 million homes. But that’s just a fraction of U.S. buildings. According to the Census Bureau, in July 2017 the U.S. had 137.4 million “housing units,” a figure that includes apartments as well as single-family homes, but doesn’t count businesses, manufacturing and other commercial buildings.More: U.S. surpasses 2 million solar installations as industry looks to ‘dominate’ the 2020s U.S. solar installations top 2 million mark, capacity hits 70GW
Playing the first lines against one another, Bret Bielema hopes to get a better idea of how his squad is progressing through the spring.[/media-credit]Get ready for change: Wisconsin football is mixing things up this year.With the annual spring game Saturday, head coach Bret Bielema revealed at his Monday press conference he will pit the first-string offense against thefirst-string defense in this year’s spring game.“One of the changes that we’re going to make this year to the spring game, kind of spice it up a little bit and give a true assessment ofwhere we’re at, I’m going to play ones against ones, first team against firstteam,” Bielema said. “Put our number one offense out there against our numberone defense and let guys compete and it’ll be a cleaner game and really give usan understanding of where we’re at.”In recent years, the Cardinal squad consisted of starters and key reserves, while the remainder of the team played for White. Bielema hopes switching things up and playing the ones against the ones will help make the game more competitive and bring out thebest in his players.Not only does the matchup figure to result in a more competitive game, but it also likely will change the mentality of the players before fall season and give UW a better idea of what it’s capable of.“Ever since I’ve been here we go ones/ones the entire spring,” Bielema said. “If I’m an established player … and know I’m goingagainst twos, it’s not as competitive as we want it to be. I’d like onesworking with ones, against ones, to get a realistic picture of what can happen.”Not only do the Badgers want to get a sense of what they’re capable of, but they also want to give the fans a taste of what next year might hold.“That’ll be a little bit of a different twist and give us a better-quality game and give fans an outlook on one of the better teams in theleague competing out there, one of the best offenses, one of the best defensesin our conference going head-to-head,” Bielema said.For the first time, the spring game will charge for admission. The proceeds from the $5 ticket sales will go to the School of Nursing’s campaign for a new building.Budmayr continues to growWith Scott Tolzien moving onto new – and potentially bigger pursuits – redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr has been chosen to step inbehind center to lead the Badgers offense Saturday.Through spring practice, Bielema has liked what he’s seen so far.“[Budmayr] has continued to get better every week,” Bielema said. “I really like some of the things he’s doing, being really sound with thefootball, making good decisions. He’s been taking snaps from three different centers allspring. Not only a young group of receivers, but the timing, the patterns andstuff are really inconsistent and that can mess with a quarterback as much asanything. He’s been good, and with a pretty good defensive line coming down histhroat, too.”Lines shaping upWith holes to fill on both offense and defense, players are shifting around and attempting to find comfort in new positions.On the offensive line, redshirt junior Ricky Wagner has transitioned into right tackle and redshirt sophomore Travis Frederick hasmoved inside, as well.“[Wagner has] been pretty seamless in that,” Bielema said. “It’s a totally different feel for him, but he adapted pretty quickly.[Frederick], he’s one of the smartest kids on our team, one of the strongestkids on our team, but he just didn’t play competitive football last year. It’sbeen fun to watch him get in the mix.“The thing that’s really nice that’s happening for us inside offensively, as well as on the flip side on defense,we’ve got some great competition against each other, which will make them thatmuch better.”With good competition on both sides of the ball, Bielema is also seeing more aggressive football out of his defensive line.With some more experience, the D-line is gaining confidence and is becoming more forceful on the field.“The one defensive line in particular [is] a little more confident and aggressive than they were a year ago,” Bielema said. “I think wehave aggressively blitzed a little bit more this spring than we ever havebefore.”Borland can’t stay stillAfter missing the majority of last season, linebacker Chris Borland is still taking it easy and rehabbing his shoulder. However, that hasn’t kept him off the field.Acting almost as if he were a coach on the sidelines, Borland has been studying schemes and film throughout spring while alsohelping out where he can. After playing outside linebacker his first two years at UW, Borland will be moving to the middle linebacker spot vacated by the graduated Culmer St. Jean.“He does a great job out at practice, he’s like another coach out there,” Bielema said. “He’s always got a script and communicatingwhat the calls are. Every time I turn around he’s up there watching film, doinga nice job. Chris is one of those active guys.”“I doubt he’s ever in his room. He missed a class and we found out he missed it cause he was part of thedemonstrations down there on campus. He’s just one of those active kids.”
The San Francisco 49ers (12-3) have a chance to win the NFC West and earn home field advantage throughout the postseason on “Sunday Night Football” with a win over the Seattle Seahawks (11-4). San Francisco would have locked up the NFC West last week if the 49ers would have defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15, but the 49ers were upset in that game and would be the No. 5 seed with a loss to Seattle on Sunday night.Seattle could be playing for home field advantage throughout the postseason if Green Bay and New Orleans both lose earlier on Sunday. The Seahawks would win a tiebreaker with those teams to be the No. 1 team in the NFC with a win over the 49ers in that scenario, and they would be playing for a first-round bye if either the Packers or the Saints lost in Week 17. If Green Bay and New Orleans both win though, Seattle could only earn the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a win over San Francisco. Player to watchJimmy Garoppolo was not sharp against the Rams last week. He was sacked six times and threw two interceptions, and that almost led to a San Francisco loss. The 49ers overcame that performance to get a win, but they must protect Garoppolo better on Sunday. Seattle sacked Jimmy G five times in their first meeting, leading to Garoppolo’s worst performance of the season that wasn’t affected by weather.Seahawks vs. 49ers predictionThere are too many questions with Seattle’s running game, so expect San Francisco to take this game over with its defense and run game.49ers 27, Seahawks 20 Here’s everything to know about betting on Seahawks vs. 49ers in Week 17, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Sunday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSeahawks vs. 49ers odds for ‘Sunday Night Football’Seattle Seahawks +3 vs. San Francisco 49ers, O/U 47San Francisco opened as a two-point favorite in this game on Monday, but a rush of 49ers money quickly moved the line to SF -3. The total has remained steady at 47 throughout the week though.Seahawks vs. 49ers series historyThe Seahawks are 26-16 against the 49ers in their history. These two teams only became divisional foes in 2002 when Seattle moved from the AFC West to the NFC West, and Seattle is 24-12 against San Francisco as members of the same division.Seattle knocked off San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game six years ago on its way to winning Super Bowl XLVIII. Since that point, the Seahawks are 10-1 against the 49ers, and their only loss was in overtime last year in Santa Clara. They avenged that defeat by beating San Francisco in Levi’s Stadium in Week 10, dealing the Niners their first loss of the year.Three trends to know— San Francisco is 7-15-1 ATS in its last 23 games against conference foes.— The 49ers are 6-19-1 ATS the last 26 times they were favored to win a game.— Seattle is 33-15-3 ATS in its last 51 games as an underdog on the betting line.Three things to watchBeast Mode is backSeattle’s top three running backs coming into the season are all on injured reserve. Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and C.J. Prosise have all suffered season-ending injuries, so the Seahawks are turning to a familiar face to carry the load. They signed Marshawn Lynch to complement rookie Travis Homer in the backfield, and Lynch is expected to see some action on Sunday night.Lynch was doling out shots of tequila in a parking lot in Oakland two weeks ago, and no one knows whether he is in game shape. He retired at the end of last season after averaging 4.2 YPC in Oakland, so Seattle will likely test his fitness in this game by giving him at least 10 carries.Will Russell Wilson be Dangeruss on Sunday night?Russell Wilson has been fantastic for Seattle this season. Wilson is probably going to finish runner-up to Lamar Jackson in the NFL MVP award voting, completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards with 29 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He has been a great runner too, averaging 4.7 YPC, and he came up big against San Francisco in the first meeting between these two teams.George Kittle is available this timeKittle has been one of the most underrated players in the NFL this season. He has been the best all-around tight end in the league with his run blocking and pass catching ability, and his presence has been instrumental in making this offense one of the best in the NFC. Kittle didn’t play the first time these teams met, and Seattle will find it hard to stop him.
By John BurtonATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Jim Plumaker couldn’t have been happier with the opening of the new and expanded public library.“It’s really important to me and my family,” said Plumaker, a borough resident who has three children, ages16, 11 and 5.“One of the things I like to do is come to the library to get the kids out of the house,” particularly in the winter, he said.“They have nice programs here and it’s free.“It really is a great library.”Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry (center, holding scissors) joins county and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Atlantic Highlands Public Library last week. The library, now a branch of the county library system, underwent a complete renovation and expansion as part of the Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall construction project.Plumaker was on hand last Thursday as local and county officials, employees and others celebrated the library’s grand opening.The capacity crowd appeared to agree with Plumaker, as they offered their take on the new facility.Marilyn Scherfen, the library’s branch manager, wore a broad smile as she put her arms way up in the air when she announced, “We’re finally done.“This is truly an ‘ah’ moment,” Scherfen said.The “ah” stands for both the initials of the borough and the obvious relief now that the project is completed, she said.The borough’s new library stands at about 4,000 square feet; a considerable enlargement over its previous 1,600 square feet.The library, located in the borough municipal complex, 100 First Ave., was done in conjuncture with the renovation and expansion of the entire facility.That project took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $6 million.Mayor Frederick J. Rast and the six-member borough council undertook the project that had bipartisan support. The governing body decided to move forward with the project as the existing borough hall, which contains government offices, police headquarters and library, had become increasingly cramped for modern needs. The building did not meet federal handicap accessibility requirements and had mold and moisture issues that would have been exceedingly expensive to address in the existing structure, officials have said previously.All that was certainly true of the library, which occupied the building’s lower level.In the past the library was without windows. Now, Scherfen said, there is more room light and air for the library’s 22,000 items. The new library also now has separate rooms for children’s programs and other material.While the building was under construction, the library moved its operation to the field house of the Fireman’s Field sports field area, on Avenue C.In the interim, local officials negotiated with Monmouth County library representatives to have the borough library become a county branch and be operated under county management. That move made the borough facility the 13th county branch and saved the municipality upward of $130,000, Freeholder Lillian Burry said.Scherfen stressed “how important the intellectual infrastructure is to all of us.”Scherfen, quoting Confucius, said: “You cannot open a book without learning something.“The same is true of libraries,” she added.Lynn Sternberg shared Scherfen’s joy about the new library. “It’s been very exciting to see this happen,” Sternberg said, as she guided her 5-year-old daughter, CarlyRose, through the children’s room. “We used to come for story time every week,” Sternberg said.“I like to read a lot,” CarlyRose said.Jack Sanders, 11, also likes this library and libraries in general. “It’s a place to help kids with their homework and it lets them read new books,” he said, as he sat with a book about professional football. “I’m a big sports guy. I read a lot of sports.“Ever since they opened it,” he said of the library, “I’ve been here every day.”