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

Uganda’s place in Dubai 7s confirmed after sensational Nairobi win

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “It has been long coming and the boys have finally done it after many years. We got hungrier and had the belief after we beat Zimbabwe in our first match” said coach Tolbert Onyango. ”James Odong and Philip Wokorach played key roles for Uganda in Nairobi.  In the final, Wokorach, kicked four conversions and set Odong up for one of his two tries. He also crossed the line himself as the Rugby Cranes sealed a memorable triumph. Uganda’s victory in the African Rugby 7s in Nairobi has booked them a place in three major tournaments in the next six months. This includes a place at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens in December.It has now been confirmed that as African champions, the Uganda Rugby Cranes will take part in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens December 2-13 as an invitational side. They have been drawn alongside South Africa, USA and Scotland in Pool B.Uganda will also be the invited team for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens mid December.By virtue of finishing in the top two positions, Uganda and Namibia qualified to represent Africa at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in March.Uganda were crowned winners of the Rugby Africa Sevens at the weekend after rolling over top seeds Kenya and Zimbabwe, then beating Namibia 38-19 in the final.last_img read more

Tournament of Roses on the horizon Tuesday at Granite Pointe

first_imgGranite Pointe will be buzzing with activity Tuesday as the ladies club welcomes the top players from the region for the annual Tournament of Roses. The Tournament of Roses is an 18-hole team affair with players playing with a partner to determine the top winner.In 2012, Sherry McIvor and Bev Poole edged out the Dorothy Garland/Sue Moisey for the overall prize in the low gross tournament.Low net winners were Linda Tamblyn and Ann Gouk by two shots better than Rose Beauchamp and Jeri Santarossa.Players from all West Kootenay Clubs are expected to attend the first major tournament of the women’s season.last_img read more

TRAX swimmers make waves in Victoria

first_img“We are very proud of this accomplishment. Kayla has improved by over 20 seconds this year in the very important Individual Medley events and this ensures that she is developing all four competitive swim strokes ensuring proper athlete development,” Park said.Fraserswam’s FINA point scores in the 200 IM event helped secure her a spot on the Zone One 2014 BC Summer Games Team  who compete this coming July in Nanaimo. Fraserswam also competed in the 50 Free, 200 Free, and 400 Free (where she took off almost 19 seconds from her previous best time) and she just narrowly missed a place in the 100 Freestyle final finishing in 17th place.Also turning in a impressive meet was Tenysha Ross Van Meirlo from Castlegar. Ross Van Meirlo competed in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free, 100 Back, 200 Back, 100 Breast & 200 Individual Medley over the three-day meet and qualified  for  three afternoon finals.Ross Van Meirlo finished in 15th place for the 100 Breaststroke, 12th place in the 200 IM and 10th place in the 400 Free in the process lowering her personal best time by over seven seconds off setting a new Team Record in the process. Coach Bill Park was pleased with the performances as swimmers from the Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX) competed in the Swim BC AA Long Course Provincial Championship Swim Meet held last month in Victoria.Park was impressed with all swimmers at the championships, including Kayla Fraserswam who achieved personal best times in all races.The weekend performance was highlighted by the 200 meter Individual Medley event where she broke the three minute mark, swimming a 2:59.76.last_img read more