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

Pacific nations employ island fortress tactics to combat coronavirus spread

first_imgPacific islands are imposing strict lockdown measures to combat the coronavirus, denying access to supply vessels and prohibiting human-to-human contact during aircraft refueling, amid fears their small healthcare systems could be over-run.The region recorded its first case of coronavirus this week, in French Polynesia, although most island nations cannot screen for Covid-19 cases onshore which is potentially masking its spread.One of the wealthiest Pacific nations, Fiji, this week opened its first facility capable of testing for the coronavirus, one of only four such facilities in the region, Radio New Zealand reported. Topics : Brad Ives, senior captain on the supply vessel Kwai, said the sailing ship was loaded with supplies for five populated coral atolls in the northern Cook Islands, in the South Pacific, when it received word it would be refused entry.”Fortunately, we got notice that they were going to refuse the ship before we departed our last port,” Ives told Reuters.”There’s cargo on it that will expire. It’s a bit of a problem for us that we are solving as we go.”Kwai is now in the Line Islands reorganizing its route.center_img While all Pacific nations have introduced wide-spread restrictions on international travellers over the past several weeks, some are now completely isolating their island populations.The United States-backed Marshall Islands this week suspended all incoming air travel, while those on aircraft landing to refuel are being restricted from human-to-human contact.Cruise ships have been denied port calls in New Caledonia, Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa, among others, over the past fortnight, as local authorities tighten controls.The World Health Organization said in a statement it was supplying Samoa, which is still recovering from a deadly measles epidemic, with infrared thermometers to assist with screening at ports of entry and healthcare facilities to combat coronavirus.The island of Pukapuka, a tiny coral atoll in the Cook Islands with a population of 500, has been left short of foods like sugar, flour and rice after turning away the Kwai supply vessel.Island residents understand that coronavirus infection could be catastrophic due to a lack of medical facilities, said Pukapukan community member Kirianu Nio, who now lives on the more heavily populated island of Rarotonga.”They are short in processed foods which are the main supplies they normally order in bulk – but that’s a small price to pay,” said Nio. last_img read more

Hoornstra: In Joe Maddon, Angels pick the best manager for the moment; They’ll need more

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros To bring Anaheim its next championship, the Angels need more than Joe Maddon. Baseball isn’t basketball. Winning is not predicated on the strength of a team’s stars. It is a “weak-link sport,” where coaxing contributions from the five worst players on the roster is essential. To his credit, Maddon seemed to grasp this before many of his contemporaries.Maddon wasn’t the only early adopter former Rays GM Andrew Friedman hired in Tampa Bay. In a Cubs organization led by Theo Epstein, Maddon was surrounded by other baseball progressives. The Angels are of a different DNA, a franchise too often enchanted by past success. Maddon’s worldview represents a step in the right direction. But he will need more progressive thinkers around him to make the Angels a relevant franchise on the field in 2020.As an organization, the Angels are still playing catch-up within their own division. The Astros and A’s play in smaller markets, but they have been smarter than most teams about taking a bottom-up approach to roster building and player development – an approach that is reflected in the standings.If nothing else, Maddon will be blessed with stars for the duration of his three-year contract. Mike Trout is signed through 2030. Shohei Ohtani is under team control through 2023. Whatever star power Albert Pujols commands in 2020 and 2021, the Angels have that, too.What they lack is depth, a baseball necessity that Maddon regularly enjoyed in Chicago and St. Petersburg. The Angels have a star prospect (Jo Adell) and the financial wherewithal to sign a big-name free agent or two. To compete with the Houstons and Oaklands of the world, the Angels will need more than that. They are one of five teams – the Reds, Padres, Marlins and White Sox are the others – who have yet to finish a season at .500 or better since 2015. The recent headlines surrounding the Angels paint an even bleaker picture off the field.The Drug Enforcement Agency is presently investigating the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. An Angels public relations employee, Eric Kay, reportedly told the DEA that he supplied Skaggs with oxycodone pills a few days before the Angels left for their trip to Texas on June 30. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room the next day. An autopsy revealed Skaggs had oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol in his system at the time. Other current players might have bought drugs from Kay, and it’s possible the team could be held legally liable for Skaggs’ death.Those are turbulent waters for any manager to enter. Many might drown. Maddon’s job, in large part, will be to project that he is keen to every moment. To do that, he’ll need more than a solid analytical base, or a progressive approach to managing. He will need to draw on the kind of the lessons a man learns only through experience.To that end, the Angels could not have picked a better manager for the moment. Yet for everything they are up against, on and off the field, they will need much more. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img The Angels’ new manager was not among the 679 players chosen in the 1975 amateur draft. A catcher by trade and the son of a plumber, Joe Maddon retired after batting .250 for the Single-A Santa Clara Padres in 1979. He toiled for another 15 seasons in the Angels’ organization as a minor league manager, coach, or scout, before ever wearing a major league uniform. When the Angels needed a manager in 1999, Maddon had already done the job twice on an interim basis, winning 27 games and losing 24. Yet he was not one of the three finalists for a job that ultimately went to Mike Scioscia.Now, 20 years later, Maddon has the job he’s been preparing for most of his professional life.The news of Maddon’s hiring had been anticipated from the moment Brad Ausmus was fired Sept. 30. The Angels’ most predictable offseason transaction was also their first. It is appropriately billed as a “homecoming,” yet the job of a major league manager is not the same now as it was in 2005, Maddon’s final season as Scioscia’s bench coach. Neither is this organization.Maddon is considered a baseball Progressive, an early adopter of managerial practices that have become standard since he helped resurrect the Tampa Bay Rays from oblivion. Freeing players from draconic rules of decorum? Maddon was doing that more than a decade ago. Relying on binders full of data to form the basis of in-game decisions? Maddon helped make that popular, too. Thick, black-rimmed glasses? Maddon didn’t start that exactly, but he wore them as Scioscia’s right-hand man. And that’s central, not tangential, to today’s announcement: to connect fans with a brand of baseball familiar from an era that brought Anaheim its only championship. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more