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U.S. solar development pipeline grows sharply in third quarter

first_imgU.S. solar development pipeline grows sharply in third quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S. solar project pipeline expanded to more than 33,000 MW during the third quarter of 2018, with the 20.9% quarter-over-quarter increase coming from projects slated to come online in 2019 and 2020.Companies added 5,864 MW of projects to the development pipeline in the third quarter, according to an analysis conducted by S&P Global Market Intelligence. That boosted the total capacity under development to 33,912 MW, compared to the 28,000-MW pipeline the domestic industry saw in the second quarter of 2018.Many of these projects are scheduled to enter service in 2019 and 2020; some 23,514 MW of project capacity are now slated to come online during those two years. That is up from 18,305 in the second quarter of 2018 and 15,476 MW in the first quarter of 2018.California, Nevada and Texas were once again home to most of the country’s 10 largest solar farms in advanced development or under construction. The two exceptions are both parts of the Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center, located in Virginia. S&P Global Market Intelligence considers a solar project to be in advanced development when two of the following five criteria are met: financing is in place, a power purchase agreement is signed, panels are secured, required permits are approved or a contractor has signed on to the project.“Based on our tracking of utility integrated resource plans as well as other public announcements, we expect utilities outside of California to procure more than 15 GW of solar in the coming three years, a number that has increased by several gigawatts over the past year,” First Solar Inc. CEO Mark Widmar said during the solar panel producer’s Oct. 25 earnings call. “Much of the growth is coming from regions such as the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic, which are still in the early stage of utility-scale solar adoption.”More ($): U.S. solar project pipeline balloons by 20.9% in Q3’18last_img read more

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Jamaican woman is the world’s oldest person

first_imgViolet Moss Brown Jamaica’s supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown, is now the world’s oldest living person.Moss Brown, became the world’s oldest living person following the death of Italian Emma Morano. Morano was the last living person born in the 1800s.Moss Brown, affectionately called Aunt V, lives in Duanvale, Trelawny. Her eldest child, Harold Fairweather, at age 96, is said to be the world’s oldest living child with a parent alive.Japan has the most supercentenarians. The top 10 oldest people alive are all women. The highest ranking male is 112-year-old Israel Kristal, a Polish/Israeli citizen who was born on September 15, 1903.A supercentenarian is someone who has lived to or passed their 110th birthday. There are estimated to be 300–450 living supercentenarians in the world, though only 50 verified cases are known.last_img read more

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Angels’ Vladimir Guerrero, Padres’ Trevor Hoffman await call to Hall of Fame

first_imgEither or both of them figure to be joined in Cooperstown by first-time candidates Chipper Jones (98.3) and Jim Thome (93.1) and possibly even Edgar Martinez (77.1).While it looks like it will be another nail-biter for Hoffman, Guerrero is going to sail in with a rare boost.Since the return of annual balloting in 1966, only nine players have seen their vote totals jump at least 20 percent in one year, according to Hall of Fame expert Jay Jaffe. The only player to jump 20 points to cross the 75-percent threshold was Barry Larkin, in 2012.For Guerrero, it seems the jump is the result of a ballot number crunch. Voters are limited to picking 10 players, even though the ballot has gotten so crowded a case can be made for nearly twice that many.Much of Guerrero’s increase is from voters who simply couldn’t fit him on their ballots last year, according to a partial survey. Among writers who added Guerrero this year, six of seven who were questioned said they would have voted for Guerrero last year too if their ballots were unlimited. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Nothing has changed,” the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said via text. “I would have voted for Vlad (last year) if I had room.”A year ago, Rosenthal said he chose to give the last spot on his ballot to Billy Wagner, who he feared would not get the required 5 percent to remain on the ballot. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said he made the same decision, giving his last vote to Garry Sheffield. Dan Hayes of the Athletic said he picked Larry Walker over Guerrero for his last spot simply because Walker was closer to the end of his time on the ballot. This is Walker’s eighth year of 10 years of eligibility on the writer’s ballot.“As far as this year, it was a no-doubter to put Vlad in,” Hayes said. “He’s without question a Hall of Famer to me, and we fortunately cleared three names off the ballot (last year). When I looked at last year’s class, I believed there were 14-15 viable candidates. He was my No. 11 choice and rightfully moved up.”Clearing names off the ballot is another incentive for some writers who might have viewed Guerrero as a borderline candidate in his first year. Once Guerrero was nearly elected in his first year, it was inevitable that he was going to be elected, so the sooner he got in, the more space there would be for other candidates.Guerrero figures to be one of at least five who enter the Hall of Fame this year, along with Jones, Thome, Alan Trammell and Jack Morris. The latter two were elected by the Veteran’s Committee after failing to gain entry via the writers.Hoffman is also likely to join them. Last year Hoffman was included on 72.7 percent of the ballots that were revealed before the final announcement, and he gained a small percentage when all the votes were tallied. Most candidates see their pre-announcement totals drop, because the voters who keep their ballots private tend to be stingier with their support, but Hoffman bucked that trend.As a closer, Hoffman is likely to favored more by voters who look at traditional stats than those who lean toward advanced metrics. Modern analysis tends to weight how effectively someone pitches, regardless of the inning, instead of giving extra credit for being the one to work the ninth and get a save. Hoffman is second all-time in saves, with 601.Former San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman fell just short of the 75 percent of the votes needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. Will he have enough this time around? (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Martinez, who is usually favored more by the public voters, is likely to see a decline, below 75 percent. Mike Mussina (70.1 percent in public ballots) and Curt Schilling (59.3) also seem to be making progress toward eventual election.One of the most interesting questions when the final totals are released will be what happens with the totals for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who have been tied together since they appeared on the ballot.No-doubt Hall of Famers by the numbers, both are also dogged by reports of steroid use. They both received around 54 percent of the vote last year, their highest total so far. They have four years left on the ballot, so they will need to keep trending up if they are to reach 75 percent. Public voting has both around 64 percent, but their support typically drops when all the private ballots are added.center_img For Vladimir Guerrero, and probably for Trevor Hoffman, the wait at the edge of Cooperstown is almost over.Guerrero and Hoffman, the most prominent candidates with Southern California ties, both came up just short of earning the votes for election to the Hall of Fame a year ago. When this year’s results are announced on Wednesday, Guerrero is certain to ease over the finish line, while Hoffman’s case is not quite as clear.Hoffman, an Orange County native and longtime Padres closer, missed by just one percent of the vote last year, coming up five votes shy of the required 75 percent for election. Guerrero, who won an MVP in his six years with the Angels, finished at 71.1 percent.As of Tuesday afternoon PT, Guerrero has 94.8 percent of the vote, while Hoffman is at 78.4 percent, with just over half of the ballots made public and tabulated by noted Hall of Fame watcher Ryan Thibodaux.last_img read more