FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Australia, one of the world’s biggest users of rooftop solar panels, likely added the most new capacity on record last year as electricity users sought to ease escalating power bills.A preliminary estimate by Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator of 1.05 gigawatts installed last year would be a record for the country, the government body said in an emailed statement Friday. While subsidies and generous feed-in tariffs helped boost growth earlier this decade, last year’s gains were driven by users seeking to sidestep a surge in the cost of electricity and a push by vendors into the commercial sector, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.“We are on track to have had the biggest year yet for installed small-scale solar capacity” in 2017, according to the regulator statement. “What we have seen is that homeowners and businesses continue to embrace solar panel systems, which is driving increased levels of capacity across Australia.”The shift to solar may have quickened as power prices spiked last year on tight supplies of coal and gas, which fuel the bulk of generation capacity on the national electricity market. BNEF estimates the cost of solar systems for residential customers has declined 44 percent since 2012.“The payback period for residential solar is now as low as it was in 2012, when super-generous feed-in tariffs and subsidies drove a massive boom in installations,” said BNEF’s Sydney-based analyst Annabel Wilton.Rooftop solar will account for as much as 24 percent of Australia’s electricity by 2040, according to BNEF’s 2017 New Energy Outlook. When combined with small-scale batteries and demand response initiatives, up to 45 percent of the country’s total power capacity will be located on owners’ properties—known as behind-the-meter-capacity—by 2040.More: Surging Power Bills Spark Rush for Household Solar in Australia Australian Solar Installations Set Record in 2017
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Islip teenager was killed while inspecting damage to his car caused by a hit-and-run driver in Brentwood on Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said 17-year-old Anil John pulled his Hyundai Sonata to the side of Crooked Hill Road near Suffolk County Community College after being involved in a minor crash when he was struck by a southbound Ford at 9:30 a.m.John was pronounced dead at the scene. The 81-year-old driver who hit him was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for observation. The first driver that hit John’s car fled the scene.Third Squad detectives impounded the two vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about either of the crashes involved to call them at 631-854-8352.