U.S. solar installations top 2 million mark, capacity hits 70GW

first_img 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 70GWlast_img read more

Brian Evans, 48, Versailles

first_imgBrian K. Evans, 48, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home. He was born in Cincinnati on February 19, 1970 the son of Frank and Sherry Goodin Evans. He was married to Melanie Benham on June 17, 1995 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Elizabeth and Rachel both at home; two brothers Mark (Laura) Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jeff (Christy) Evans of Dillsboro; his father and mother-in-law Jim and Donetta Benham of Benham. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Michele Hountz. Mr. Evans was a 1988 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a farmer and past member of the Versailles Fire Department where he had served as president and assistant chief. He was a member of the Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation Board and was Southeast Region Director of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He was also a member of the Ripley County 4-H Board. Brian loved farming, his family, and was a great supporter of South Ripley sports. Brian was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 10am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Bro. Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery or the Ripley County 4-H in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Best back for Ulster

first_imgIreland and Ulster hooker Rory Best has recovered from his broken arm ahead of schedule to face Montpellier at Ravenhill on Friday night. The 31-year-old’s fitness will be a significant boost to Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad ahead of next month’s RBS 6 Nations. Ireland are due to name their Six Nations squad next week, and now Best has the chance to prove his fitness to win selection. The 70-cap front-rower broke his arm in Ireland’s agonising 24-22 defeat to New Zealand in November. Best has found fitness in seven weeks, beating expectation, to return for UIster’s Heineken Cup round five tie. Best paid tribute to Ulster’s medical staff in helping him make a quickfire return. “I knew that it was going to be a tight ask to get back for these games,” Best told UIster’s official website. “But it is testament to the medical team that we have here, Michael Eames the surgeon and the strength and conditioning coaches at Ulster that I am back. “I have been fortunate that there have been no set-backs along the way and it has just been a case of trying to push on and thankfully I have come through.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Holiday food prices down this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers will pay less for food prepared at home this holiday season, with overall prices down about 2.3% from last year, says Ken Foster, department head and professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.Leading the decline are animal products such as meats, poultry, and eggs. Prices in that category are down 6%. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream are down 2%. Grain-related food categories — including vegetable oils, cereals, bakery products and sweeteners — are down 1 to 2%. Fruits and vegetables have dropped 1%.Prices for “food-at-home” items have declined for 11 consecutive months, the longest such stretch since 1959-60.“The most important reason for lower grocery store prices are lower farm prices,” Foster said. “Abundant harvests over the past three years have reduced the prices farmers receive. Lower prices for feed items like corn and soybean meal have increased animal production and lowered animal product prices from beef to milk. Food consumers are the benefactors this year. Record U.S. yields for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2016 will keep grocery store food price increases at modest levels into 2017.”Most of the traditional meal items will costs less this year, he added.“With retail beef and pork prices down 7 and 5% from a year ago — even more than poultry prices, which are down 1.5% — it is highly likely that turkey prices will be lower than a year ago for the holidays,” he said. “Turkeys are frequent loss leaders at holiday time to get shoppers into the store and any pressure to raise turkey prices will shift shoppers to other meats with their low prices.”The 2016 cranberry crop appears to be virtually unchanged from 2015, Foster said, but weather took a toll on U.S. pumpkin and sweet potato yields this year.“In both North Carolina and Louisiana, flooding events lowered production of sweet potatoes,” he said. “Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina, the nation’s leading sweet potato producing state, in the middle of harvest season with only about half of the crop collected. Louisiana suffered widespread flooding during the sweet potato growing season as well as periods of excessively dry weather, leading to yield loss up to 50% or more on some farms.”Pumpkin production was also limited this year by high rainfall in Illinois, the country’s leading pumpkin-producing state, where processors anticipated canning 50% less this year compared with past years. Producers there anticipated having sufficient canned pumpkin to get consumers through the holiday season but expected supplies to run short before next year.“If you just have to spend more this year, then perhaps you can turn to the local, organic, or sustainable suppliers for this year’s holiday meals,” Foster said. “Prices for the same items in those markets continue to be strong and in the case of turkey, they may be hard to find. Bargain shoppers may find opportunities in diversifying into other meats such as pork and beef, but there is likely no substitute this year for pumpkin pie with prices running higher than last year.”Driving to a holiday destination should also cost less this year, Foster said.“If you are making a trip to celebrate the season with family, then it’s good to know that the national average price of regular gas is $2.16 per gallon, a fraction of a cent lower than this time last year,” he said. “So whether you are staying home or hitting the road, have a happy and safe holiday.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 81 | Hops, Hallmark and a whole lot more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 81st episode of the Ohio Ag Net podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, has chats with Jamie Arthur about the unique challenge of growing hops; Christine McCracken, senior protein analyst with Rabo Agrifinance about the tough time for hog producers due to challenges from African Swine Fever and more; Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance talks Proposition 12 that recently passed in California and what it means for livestock producers.All that and much more as we talk holiday preparation, Christmas tree farms, and flag football teams as well. Tune in!last_img read more