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

Spanish La Liga Wrap (Saturday): Top Two Secure Wins As Atletico Falter Again

first_imgThe top two teams, Barcelona and Valencia, recorded separate victories I’m the race for the Spanish La Liga title.League leaders Barcelona maintained their four points gap at the summit with a 2-0 win over hosts Athletic Bilbao courtesy a goal in each half from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and Paulinho.Messi gave Barcelona a first half lead for his 12th league goal of the season before Brazilian star Paulinho wrapped up the win on the stroke of fulltime.Second-placed Valencia continue to perform above expectations following their latest league win, a 2-1 victory at Alaves. Italian international striker Simone Zaza scored his 9th league goal of the season to give Valencia the lead in the first half but Alexis scored an equaliser for the home side before Rodrigo’s penalty gave Marcelinho’s side the three points at stake.Atletico Madrid faltered again in the title race to record their fourth stalemate in five games with a 1-1 draw against Villareal. Angel Correa’s 61st minute opener was cancelled out by an equaliser from Carlos Bacca nine minutes from time. Matchday 10 Results (Saturday):Alaves 1-2 ValenciaAthletic Bilbao 0-2 BarcelonaAtletico Madrid 1-1 VillarealSevilla 2-1 LeganesStandings (Top 4):Barcelona 28 pointsValencia 24 pointsReal Madrid 20 pointsAtletico Madrid 20 points RelatedSpanish La Liga Wrap: Barcelona Extend Lead With Levante Win As Rivals Madrid Lose Further Grounds With Vigo DrawJanuary 8, 2018In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review (Sunday): Barcelona Extend Lead With Big Deportivo WinDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

World Poker Tour championship opens in NJ 1st time

first_imgIn this July 15, 2009 file photo, Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — After 11 years in Las Vegas, the championship event of the World Poker Tour is underway in Atlantic City.The weeklong event, sponsored by partypoker, is being held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, its partner for online gambling in New Jersey.Borgata president Tom Ballance said moving the championship to Atlantic City shows the growing appeal of poker in New Jersey, particularly since the state began offering Internet gambling last November.“With online gaming and the popularity of the Borgata brand, the center of gravity of poker is moving to New Jersey,” he said.Ten players qualified for the event through Internet play. Another 30 qualified online for events in the Borgata Spring Open, which began earlier this year.“The fact that after such a short time we have had people qualifying online says a great deal about the changing face of poker,” Balance said.The amount of entrants to the WPT championship was not immediately available Monday.The winner is guaranteed at least $1.3 million from a guaranteed $5 million prize pool.One of the hopefuls chasing that prize is Ken “Teach” Aldridge, a poker player from Pleasant Gardens, N.C., who drove to New Jersey for the tournament.“I enjoy these tournaments and I’m fairly successful in them,” said Aldridge, who has won more than $1 million in live tournaments according to bluff.com. “I’m using poker to travel the world. I just got back from Chile.”Televised highlights will be broadcast nationally next month.Adam Pliska, president of the World Poker Tour, said the move to New jersey was done in part to take advantage of and highlight the availability of online poker here. New Jersey is one of three states to offer Internet gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more