Record-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW

first_imgRecord-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The solar market in the U.S. added 2.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2019, with total solar capacity — which includes both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power — hitting 71.3 GW, according to a new report.The figures, released Thursday morning, come from the most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Photovoltaic refers to a way of directly converting light from the sun into electricity. The SEIA describes concentrating solar plants as using mirrors “to concentrate the sun’s energy to drive traditional steam turbines or engines that create electricity.”The 2.6 GW of capacity added during the third quarter represents a 45% increase compared to the third quarter of 2018 and a 25% increase compared to the second quarter of 2019, the SEIA said.Breaking the figures down, the third quarter saw the U.S. residential market install 712 megawatts (MW) of solar. California led the way in this market, installing almost 300 MW.For 2019 as whole, Wood Mackenzie is forecasting year-over-year growth of 23% and expecting 13 GW of installations. To put things in perspective, China added 44 GW of solar photovoltaics in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2017, the country added 53 GW, the IEA says. [Anmar Frangoul]More: U.S. adds 2.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics in third quarter, new figures showlast_img read more

How to get the best house on any street

first_imgGreville Pabst WBP group chief executive supplied image November 2018Ray White Carina principal Andrew McSweeney said the three elements could provide the perfect recipe for most buyers which, in turn, increases the levels of competition and therefore contract values. “Camp Hill and Carina locations (for example) are very popular for families due to the amazing schooling opportunities on offer, making the specific suburbs a high priority when considering a purchase,” Mr McSweeney said. “Wide streets wrapped by parks and green belts engulf these suburbs and specific streets that are elevated and capture a beautiful city or suburban vista are a massive plus. “Further to the streets, the position of the property on the block, on the high or low side of the street, or a commanding corner block, can also increase buyers’ interest levels.’’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59Location, location, location is probably the most well-known phrase in real estate.And as the experts explain, finding a well-positioned property is vital not just for lifestyle, but for long-term value too.Greville Pabst, the chief executive of property valuations and advisory firm, WBP Group, said the phrase could be broken down into three levels – the suburb, the street and the position of the property itself – and each was equally important.“Just because you’ve got the first location right doesn’t mean you’ve made it,” Mr Pabst said. This house at 70 Brisbane Avenue Camp Hill is on the marketRay White West End principal Luke O’Kelly agrees, saying location was key to a property’s value. But he warned it was not as simple as buying in a sought-after suburb.“If the property is on a main road, backs on to a train line or has construction work adjacent, these may negatively affect the properties value and capital growth,” Mr O’Kelly said. “On the flip side, if the property is in a suburb that is not classed as ‘blue chip’ but it has great access to transport, is located next to a park or has amazing views, these all contribute in a positive way on sale day. “Particularly in suburbs that are adjacent to blue-chip suburbs (that can) leverage off their neighbours’ reputation.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoLocation on a street can also play a major part in considering a property’s valueBut he said most things were negotiable.“Quite often the location is more important than the actual position as many buyers are buying for school catchments,” Mr O’Kelly said. “In our local area, parts of Highgate Hill are in the Brisbane State High catchment and others streets are not. “This catchment map can play a significant role in what a buyer is willing to pay.”Cohen Handler buyers’ agent Jacob Butler said there were “good and bad parts of most suburbs”, even in the sought-after blue-chip suburbs. He said the same could apply in a single street.“When buyers are looking at comparable sales to try to determine the value of a home, it’s important to understand the difference between the properties,” he said. center_img Two houses in the same street and in the same suburb can have vastly different values. Picture: THINKSTOCKMr Butler said considerations included whether a property had views, was on a sloping block, could be flood-affected, the zoning, school catchments and location on the street.“Just because the property next door is a similar home and sold for X, does not mean that it is worth the same,” he said. “As an example there are a handful of streets in Hawthorne which are inside the highly sought-after Bulimba State School catchment, however only some houses in a few of those streets are inside the catchment, which means that there could be a premium for one house, and not the other. “A street like Wentworth Parade in Balmoral can also have polar pricing in that one side of the street has city views yet the other doesn’t have an outlook at all. “This can mean that there is a million dollar difference for the same style house on a similar sized block just across the street.”last_img read more

Syracuse can’t afford to keep missing free throws

first_img Published on December 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Tyus Battle let a free throw go against Old Dominion and could tell it was short. He walked a few steps between him and the rim and grabbed the first-shot rebound himself. The Syracuse junior smacked the ball with his right hand in frustration. Minutes later, SU’s leader in free-throw percentage a year ago (83.9 percent) missed the front end of a one-and-one. He slumped his shoulders, and the Orange clung onto a four-point lead.“I guess that’s how it goes sometimes, but we have to be better at the line,” Battle said after facing ODU. “We missed 12. That’s the difference in the game.”After misfiring on 12 free throws against Old Dominion, Syracuse (7-4) followed that up with a 5 for 13 showing from the line, its worst percentage of the season, in a loss to No. 14 Buffalo. The Orange are tied for 239th in the country, shooting 67.4 percent from the line, even though they shoot the 40th-most free throws in the country. Syracuse needs to find a remedy at the charity stripe in its final two nonconference games in the midst of a historically bad stretch, because missing free throws in Atlantic Coast Conference play could prove costly.“We’ve gotta be able to convert those (free throws),” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA year ago, Syracuse shot more than six percentage points better from the foul line than it is right now. All five of SU’s returning starters from a year ago — Battle, Frank Howard, Oshae Brissett, Marek Dolezaj and Paschal Chukwu — have shot worse from the foul line this season.After the Orange’s loss to Old Dominion on Dec. 15, multiple players addressed foul shots as a mental issue. Battle even headed back out to the floor to shoot some extra free-throw attempts after the game. The day before that game, SU missed some foul shots in practice, Howard said, and he speculated that could carry over.“You’ve got to go to the free throw line knowing you can make them,” SU guard Elijah Hughes said.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHoward said he expected the Orange to shoot better at the line going forward. But after what Boeheim called two of SU’s worst practices of the year after playing ODU, Syracuse shot worse at the foul line against Buffalo.Only twice against the Bulls did a Syracuse player step to the line and leave without a miss. The Orange squandered multiple 1-and-1 opportunities by missing their first shot, deterring SU from opportunities at extra points.“We’re not making anything right now,” Boeheim said after the loss.Even though Syracuse’s offense has struggled, the Orange have continued to get to the line. Before shooting a season-low 13 attempts against Buffalo, SU taken more than 17 free throws in every game.Syracuse gave itself a recipe for defeating good teams when it traveled to Columbus and beat then-No. 16 Ohio State by 10 on Nov. 28. The Orange shot 17-for-19 from the foul line that day. But SU has compiled three of its four best shooting days at the foul line away from the Carrier Dome: at OSU and two games at Madison Square Garden in mid-November.After SU’s loss to Old Dominion, Boeheim was baffled by the lack of free-throw chops at home.“Playing at home, you’ve gotta make those shots,” Boeheim said. “You can’t miss 12 free throws. You just can’t do it.”UB held the Orange out of the paint with quick perimeter defenders. For the most part, Battle, Brissett and Hughes have worked inside and created contact. But when they step to the foul line, they don’t always convert.Brissett missed the first of two shots at the foul line in the second half on Tuesday night. Syracuse was already shooting under 50 percent at the line for the game, and those issues were partially why the Orange trailed by seven as Brissett stepped back up for his second free throw. But he shot long off the back rim, and Buffalo gathered the rebound.As the Bulls moved the ball back up the court, Brissett hopped up and down, twice, as his foul-line woes contributed to a second-straight game slipping away from Syracuse. From that point on, the Orange didn’t shoot any more foul shots, but the Bulls made all four of theirs down the stretch, icing the win.For Syracuse to make up for its rocky start to the season, it’ll have to find a way to make the free ones count.“Focus. It’s completely different from practice and in-game,” Brissett said. “Practice, there’s no pressure. In a game, everybody’s watching.” Commentslast_img read more