Future of U.S. Solar at Risk in Net-Metering Suppression

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nichola Groom for Reuters:In California, regulators voted in January to preserve so-called net metering, which requires utilities to purchase surplus power generated by customers with rooftop solar panels. But neighboring Nevada scrapped the policy – prompting solar companies to flee the state.The decisions foreshadow an intensifying national debate over public support that the rooftop solar industry says it can’t live without.“Without net metering, it just doesn’t work,” said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of top U.S. residential solar installer SolarCity Corp.More than 25 of the 40 U.S. states with net metering policies are reconsidering them, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University.Opponents raise fairness concerns and argue that the industry no longer needs generous incentives, citing its rapid growth and solar panel prices that have fallen about 40 percent in five years.Net metering credits solar users – at full retail rates – for any surplus power their panels generate above household usage. That means many customers pay no monthly utility bill or even rack up excess credits, which they can redeem later in months when their systems produce less power than their home uses.For most customers, net metering and other incentives are essential to make solar power worth the steep upfront investment – between $17,000 and $24,000 for a typical system, according to data from research firm GTM Research. For systems that are leased, as most are, net metering creates a monthly savings over typical power costs.Solar providers understand those consumer economics, which explains why SolarCity last month shed more than 550 jobs in Nevada after the public utilities commission in December voted to end net metering at retail rates. The commission plans to reduce credits and raise service charges for solar customers gradually over 12 years.Future of U.S. solar threatened in nationwide fight over incentives Future of U.S. Solar at Risk in Net-Metering Suppressionlast_img read more

After 2 top-10 finishes, Justyn Knight hopes to win his first national championship

first_img Published on June 8, 2017 at 11:44 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Ever since finishing 10th in the 5000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational last year, Justyn Knight has failed to miss the podium in any event.The junior hasn’t finished worse than second place since the New Year, winning races five out of the eight meets he’s competed in. Three of those first-place finishes were at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, as he earned gold in the 3000- and 5000-meter at the indoor championships in February. Then last month, Knight took home the outdoor 5k crown with a time of 13:52.38.The one title not yet on his resume is an individual national championship.He can win that this Friday at Hayward Field, on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Knight will run the 5000-meter with 23 other competitors in a one-race final scheduled for 10:25 p.m. eastern on ESPN.“It’s not going to be a breeze,” Knight said at an NCAA press conference in Oregon. “We just got to stick toward our goals … and just continue to go.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnight ran the nation’s fastest time this year in the event (13:17.51) — the fourth-fastest collegiate time ever — and he won his heat of the NCAA East Preliminary in 14:13.64. The third- and fourth-best times this season, from Southern Utah’s Mike Tate (13:34.28) and Colorado State’s Abbey Jefferson (13:37.23) didn’t make it past qualifiers in the west. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, the 17-time national champion and most decorated NCAA runner in history, ran the second-best time this season (13:24.72), but he won’t compete due to injury. Cheserek was the only other runner besides Knight to break 13:30 this year.“It’s very unfortunate that Edward wasn’t able to make it out to the championships this year,” Knight said at the press conference. “He’s done a lot for this sport. (But) even if Ed was here, I think my expectations would stay the same.”Courtesy of SU AthleticsThe fastest runners left in the competition are Tulsa’s Marc Scott (13:37.45) and Stanford’s Grant Fisher (13:37.77).“(Knight) knows what it takes,” said Frank Bergin, Knight’s coach at St. Michael’s College School in Canada. “He’s always had a really good perspective on where he could or should be in a race.”In 2015 as a freshman, Knight finished sixth in the 5000-meter run at the championships (13:50.96). Last year, he improved his time by more than 10 seconds (13:40.40), which would have won him the title the year before. But in 2016 it made him 10th and the Vaughan, Ontario, native failed to reach the podium for the second straight year.Knight briefly stood on top of the world just over a month ago, thanks to his performance in the 5000-meter at the Payton Jordan Invitational in May. Knight’s 13:17.51 finish gave him the then-fastest time in the world in 2017. While Olympic-level runners have since passed him, Knight is the only competitor in the national championships in the world’s 81 fastest finishes this year.Jennifer Knight, Justyn’s mother, said he has stayed calm the past week, trying to keep a “winning attitude.” This is Knight’s third year in a row at Hayward Field for the outdoors, and though he’s raced there for other big races, like the world juniors, he wants to make some happier memories there in this event.“He feels ready,” Jennifer said, “and prepared for it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more