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U.S. Solar Market Sees Best Q1 in History

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Jun 21, 2019 10:46:37 AM

Crossing the 2 million solar installations threshold was just one of many highlights on the quarter.

In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV), making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWdc of installations this year.

This data comes from the new U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), whom together announced in May that the U.S. hit the 2 million solar installation milestone during the first quarter of 2019.

“The first quarter data and projections for the rest of the year are promising for the solar industry,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “However, if we are to make the kind of progress we need to make the 2020s The Solar Decade, we will need to make substantial policy and market advances.”

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Lawsuit: Building Materials Helped Spread Grenfell Fire

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 19, 2019 12:10:17 PM

United States Corporations Whirlpool, Arconic, Inc., and Celotex named in suit.

Faulty building materials from U.S.-based corporations helped to spread the fire at Grenfell Tower. 

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Virginia Tech Wins Solar Decathlon

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 13, 2019 11:11:35 AM

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University wins top honor at DOE competition for its energy-efficient building concept.

Virginia Tech team members were all smiles after being named winners of the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge.

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Furnace Forecast Includes Climate Change Impacts

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 17, 2019 8:28:01 AM

A new report from Global Market Insights suggests that unpredictable temperature extremes will push the residential market toward variable speed heating.

If we were to summarize the report in a couple of sentences, it suggests that erratic weather and temperature shifts will drive upgrades and sales of higher efficiency furnaces for single family and multifamily homes. The researchers also forecast a preference for variable speed natural gas-powered units, because of their rapid response time, and ability to heat larger spaces quickly. At the same time, older, one-speed gas units will frustrate owners, because they do not handle milder climates well.

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