Amazon signs biggest corporate solar PPA in Australia with developer Canadian Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Global online shopping giant Amazon has revealed that its previously announced contract to buy 105MW of output from an un-named Australia solar farm is with the 150MW Suntop facility in New South Wales.Amazon has pledged to power its operations with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, reach net zero emissions by 2040, and CEO Jeff Bezos has also pledge $US10 billion to a establish a new fund to support climate change efforts.The deal with Suntop solar farm – located about 10km from Wellington in the state’s central west region, is believed to be one of, if not the biggest, single power purchase agreements between a corporate customer and a solar farm in Australia. (Some bigger contracts, such as that signed by Neoen and CleanCo for the Western Downs solar project in Queensland are between developers and energy retailers).Suntop, being developed by Canadian Solar, will in fact have a capacity of 150MW (ac), and will sell just over two thirds of its output to Amazon. It was first announced in late 2018 when Photon Energy held a 25 per cent stake in the project, since sold to Canadian Solar. Photon is still looking to develop a bigger project next door, known as Suntop 2.It is the second deal struck between Canadian Solar and Amazon following the announcement that Amazon would buy 60MW of output from in Canadian Solar’s 110 MW (ac) Gunnedah solar farm, also in New South Wales.The five new renewable energy projects announced by Amazon in May added a total of 615MW of contracted capacity, or around 1.2 million megawatt hours of additional renewable output, to help power its retail operations and data centres. In total, it has announced 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftop installations on its centres across the globe, with a total of more than 2,900MW of contracted and installed capacity and more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy a year.[Giles Parkinson]More: Amazon signs biggest corporate solar PPA in Australia with Suntop project
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Federal unemployment assistance during COVID-19 has kept many families (and some say the U.S. economy) afloat throughout the pandemic crisis. While the near-term future of the benefit remains unknown, the extra $600 a week won’t last forever. Credit unions should mobilize now to help unemployed members prepare for, and eventually wade through, the financial disruption of an end to federal assistance.A simple analysis of first-party member data is a good place to start. Through a three-tiered approach, credit unions can build a highly targeted member list that serves as the foundation for efficient and effective member outreach strategies.Tier 1: Direct DepositA quick search for accounts that have received federal unemployment deposits will generate a good starting point for outreach. Some credit unions may even choose to stop here if the list is of manageable size. Others may need to segment the list and prioritize outreach to better identify members most likely to benefit from the credit union’s assistance. Additional segmentation options for consideration are provided in the tier 2 and 3 analysis below. continue reading »
The consortium consisting of seventeen European partners intends to develop a standardized and cost-efficient modular island with low ecological impact, providing “sustainable and affordable workspace at sea”. As of November 1, the Horizon 2020 funded project [email protected] will make a step in the efficient use of the maritime environment.“The three-year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale,” Maarten Flikkema, project coordinator, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), commented. As explained, [email protected] is to study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimize the motions. As a starting point, triangles will be used which also allow for a modular design maximizing the flexibility to add and remove deck space and applications if necessary. Offshore specialists will also design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs.In [email protected], four applications will be studied including farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living. To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands, the project will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe.The project is partly funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 research program. Partners working together in this MARIN coordinated project are Deltasync, DST, Nemos, TU Delft, Mocean Offshore, TU Hamburg Harburg, Bluewater Energy Services, University of Rostock, Gicon-Grossmann, Wageningen University, University Duisburg-Essen, TU Graz, Waterstudio, Icepronav, Val Fou and DEME.
Three Central Iowa companies have been crowned winners of the inaugural Relays Wellness Challenge. This new health and wellness initiative, organized in conjunction with the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and contested at the Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile, saw 30 companies and 1051 employees participate in its first year. Congratulations to these three division winners:Small Business (5-50 Employees) Apex SystemsMedium Business (51-500 Employees) Delta DentalLarge Business (501+ Employees) Wellmark Blue Cross Blue ShieldThe Relays Wellness Challenge is an incentive based wellness competition between Central Iowa based employers where points are awarded based on participation in the Drake Road Races and the Grand Blue Mile. Rather than emphasizing a finishing time or place, total scores are calculated on a participant point system relative to the total number of employees in the company. Points can be earned by running, walking or volunteering at these two premier events and immediate family members are also eligible to participate. Winning organizations receive a traveling trophy and recognition at a Drake University athletic event.”In its first year, this program was an unqualified success,” said Blake Boldon, Franklin P. Johnson Drake Relays Director. “We saw companies of every size participate with employees at every level in the organization celebrating their achievement together on the Blue Oval. Whether volunteering at one of the events or competing for age group awards, it was invigorating to see Central Iowa’s work force participate and support America’s Athletic Classic. This program has transformational potential for our community and the events.”The 2020 Relays Wellness Challenge will continue at the 52nd Annual Drake Road Races on Sunday, April 19 and at the Grand Blue Mile on Tuesday, April 21. Enrollment begins in October with the opening of the Drake Road Races registration. For more information on enrolling your organization for the free 2020 Relays Wellness Challenge, email [email protected] Print Friendly Version
Paper subsidies from the Chinese government are gouging U.S. manufacturing and could cost 5,000 jobs in Southwest Washington, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute.The study, commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing, found that China has fueled its rapidly growing paper industry with more than $33.1 billion in government subsidies, undercutting the U.S. paper industry’s competitive advantages and allowing that country to overtake the U.S. to become the world’s largest producer of paper and paper products. Clark County has lost half its paper industry jobs in the past decade. There were 1,300 local paper jobs in 2009, down from 2,600 paper jobs in 1999. To the north, Cowlitz County’s paper industry contracted 42 percent over that time, to 2,100 jobs.Scott Bailey, Southwest Washington regional economist for the state Employment Security Department, said that China cannot shoulder all the blame for that decline.The industry has also lost jobs because of increased automation and corporate decisions to close, rather than upgrade, aging mills. “It comes down to profitability,” Bailey said. “There’s a cycle of new plants versus old plants. How much do you reinvest in the old plant and then finally pull the plug?”Scott Paul, executive director of Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for American Manufacturing, agreed that the Chinese government was not the sole cause of the industry’s decline.