FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for GreenTech Media:Solar customers in Texas were offered the lowest average cost on a per-watt basis compared to other regions in the U.S., according to new data from EnergySage, a comparison-shopping website for solar systems.The average gross cost of a solar energy system was $3.21 per watt, significantly lower than the national average of $3.69 per watt, according to EnergySage’s second Solar Marketplace Intel Report . In the Southwest region, including Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, three-quarters of the quotes were below $3.50 per watt.Despite the low cost of solar in the state, the nine-year payback period in Texas is still slightly higher than the national average of just over eight years, according to EnergySage.On the utility-scale side of the solar market, Texas has seen the cheapest solar bid solicitations to date, yet the distributed solar market in Texas remains stunted due to low natural-gas prices and the lack of net metering in the deregulated market structure.Many of the other trends in the report, which covers all of 2015, were similar to those documented in the previous edition of the biannual report. Solar prices continue to decline, and there is a shift toward owning systems rather than leasing.The trend of owning systems is more pronounced with EnergySage shoppers than it is with customers who choose SolarCity, the leading residential solar installer, which is not a participant in the EnergySage platform.More than 90 percent of EnergySage customers choose to own their own systems, though customer-owned systems constitute less than 40 percent of the national market when all installers are included. SolarCity, however, is in the midst of designing a new,simplified loan product that should push the national average of customer-owned systems higher.Full article: Texas Solar Shoppers Seeing Lowest Prices in the US Where are the Nation’s Lowest Solar Prices? The Lone Star State
Press Association Livermore, 24, was a key player for the Tigers in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League and was manager Steve Bruce’s top transfer target this summer. His form had alerted other top-flight clubs but his effective partnership with former Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone is likely to count in Hull’s favour as they try and tie up the contract details. A message on the club’s official Twitter feed read: “Hull City can confirm that an undisclosed fee has been agreed with @SpursOfficial for the permanent transfer of Jake Livermore. “Personal terms are being discussed and we hope to conclude the deal early next week.” Although the FA Cup runners up did not give details of the agreement with Tottenham, the price is likely to be in the £6-6.5million region, less than Spurs’ original valuation but more than the £5.25million Bruce shelled out for Huddlestone last summer. Should he sign, and Livermore’s public pronouncements during his time in East Yorkshire suggest he will be more than happy to, it is further evidence of owner Assem Allam’s financial backing. Huddlestone was the club’s record signing when he arrived, but Allam sanctioned even bigger deals for strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic in January, with the pair costing almost £14million between them. With a Europa League campaign to add to their domestic schedule next term, Hull are in the market for further reinforcements before the season gets under way, although a move for former England defender Joleon Lescott fell apart when he signed for West Brom earlier this week. Hull have agreed a fee for Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, who spent last season on loan at the KC Stadium.