UK to add 1.3 GW utility-scale solar in Q1 2015, says IHS

first_imgUK to add 1.3 GW utility-scale solar in Q1 2015, says IHSThe analysts expect the few months before the Renewable Obligation Certificates scheme ends will drive a bumper quarter for solar installations in the U.K. November 5, 2014 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The first three months of next year will see record-breaking levels of utility-scale solar PV installations in the U.K. as developers rush to complete projects before April 1, 2015, according to IHS. From that date, ground-mount solar PV systems larger than 5 MW will no longer be eligible to receive subsidy under the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) scheme, prompting a rush that will see as much as 1.3 GW of utility-scale solar added. Taking Q4 of this year and Q1 of 2015 combined, almost 1.8 GW of large-scale solar PV capacity will be added in the U.K. over these six months – a massive increase on an already-bumper year for U.K. solar. Although IHS has revised its forecast for 2014 down from 3.2 GW to 2.8 GW, that figure still represents the largest in Europe. However, this pre-ROC withdrawal rush is creating a bottleneck that will leave around one-in-five proposed solar developments disappointed. According to IHS, some 20% of the 6.2 GW of solar projects in the pipeline will not be permitted to proceed, largely because a number of local authorities in the U.K. have begun to refuse permit applications due to the current surge. After April 1 next year, large-scale solar PV installations will instead have to compete with onshore wind projects for a pot of the subsidy money allocated in the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which critics argue is tilted in favor of alternative energy sources. Because of these predicted difficulties in obtaining subsidy for large-scale solar installations, IHS expects many developers to shift focus instead to sub-5 MW ground-mount projects – which will still be eligible for the ROCs – and commercial rooftop developments. Companies such as Lightsource Renewable Energy have already begun making large strides in the commercial rooftop sector, and the potential to offer new financing models to customers and building owners suggests that the U.K. solar industry can evolve satisfactorily along these lines. Whether U.K. solar will still lead Europe at the end of 2015 remains to be seen. 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Fouls and low depth stop Gophers comeback attempt in NCAA tournament

first_imgThe Blue Raiders guard said after the game that his team was able to easily score on Minnesota.“I felt like this was the perfect time for me to step up,” Upshaw said. “Shoulder the offense and try to get everybody else going. Pitino admitted that depth was a significant problem for the team.The team was already low on depth after senior guard Akeem Springs suffered a torn Achilles in the Big Ten tournament.In the second half, the Gophers’ leading scorer, Nate Mason, suffered a hip injury but still played a majority of the second half.He was forced to leave Mason in even as the guard was injured and in the middle of one his worst offensive performances all season. Mason finished the game 2-10 on field goal attempts but played 38 of 40 minutes in Thursday’s loss.“We were not very deep late in the season and that caught up to us,” Pitino said. “When you can’t sub, [it’s] really, really hard because [Mason] needed a break.”Except for Michael Hurt, who played three minutes, every Gophers player finished with one or more foul.Lynch, Murhpy and Curry ended the game with four fouls each.After the game, Blue Raiders head coach Kermit Davis said getting Minnesota’s big men into foul trouble early was key.“Foul trouble affected us a lot,” Murphy said.“[It] may have made us a little bit less aggressive going down the stretch, soit really hurt us.” Fouls and low depth stop Gophers comeback attempt in NCAA tournamentMinnesota lost by 11 after bringing the game against Middle Tennessee State within fourChris DangSophomore forward Jordan Murphy looks to get around the Blue Raiders defense on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center. The Gophers played against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Mike HendricksonMarch 17, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee suddenly had life late in the game.The Gophers had shaved a late 17-point deficit to four in five minutes, and the Minnesota fan base was on its feet for the first time in a while.But just as the Gophers had life, Reggie Upshaw hit a 3-pointer to spark a Blue Raiders’ run, spelling an early exit for the Gophers in an 81-72 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “[Upshaw’s 3-pointer] really hurt us,” said Gophers head coach Richard Pitino. “Give them credit, we couldn’t stop them.”While the Gophers were the higher seed in the game, national pundits overwhelmingly predicted that Minnesota would be upset by the 12th-seeded Blue Raiders.The game appeared over for Minnesota with 11 minutes left. The Blue Raiders were up by 16 but began to lose their lead.Amir Coffey made a 3-point shot for the Gophers and hit two free throw attempts. After back-to-back field goals by Coffey and Dupree McBrayer, plus a 3-point play from Eric Curry, it was a 4-point deficit for the first time since late in the first half.But that’s when Minnesota’s flaws leaked back into the game.Three key players for the Gophers — Reggie Lynch, Jordan Murphy and Curry — were in foul trouble and there was nothing the Gophers could do to stop Middle Tennessee State from closing out the game.“We were in that comeback, we were excited trying to get over the hump,” Coffey said. “[We were] trying to get it up and take the lead but just didn’t get there.”Upshaw — who finished the game with a game-high 19 points — scored seven straight points after Minnesota brought the game within four as he took advantage of a hobbled Mason.He extended his team’s lead to eight with 4:30 remaining, and later had three rebounds to help finish the Gophers off.last_img read more

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