Mar 9, 2017

Solar's milestone year

Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research are out this morning with new numbers on how the industry fared in the U.S. in 2016. The short answer? Quite well.

  • For the first time last year, solar was the largest source of new electric generating capacity additions (at 39%.)
  • The industry added almost 14,800 megawatts of new capacity, which almost doubles the amount added in 2015. Overall, the report forecasts that installed solar capacity is expected to almost triple over the next five years.
  • Utility solar projects—the stuff that feeds into the grid—were the main driver of the 2016 boom. Residential solar PV saw a slowdown in growth compared to the prior year.

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Timeline: The India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The deadly protests during President Trump's visit to India between Muslims and Hindus flared over a new citizenship law, which critics say is anti-Muslim, are the latest clash between adherents of the two religions.

The big picture: Predominantly Hindu India officially removed special privileges in August for its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir region, exacerbating tensions with Pakistan. The dispute over Jammu and Kashmir, which lies between India and Pakistan and is partially controlled by both countries, dates back seven decades. It has sparked three wars and sporadic threats of nuclear conflict. India is now attempting to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Pakistan to warn of “impending genocide.”

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning that Americans should prepare for a much broader outbreak here.

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