Assessing commercial, industrial solar opportunities in SSA

first_imgThis is theconclusion of a new report by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF),commissioned by responsAbility Investments, assessing the potential ofcommercial and industrial solar opportunities in the region.We are excited to share “Solar for Businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa”, a new @BloombergNEF study commissioned by responsAbility Investments AG and co-written by Takehiro Kawahara and Ulimmeh-Hannibal Ezekiel (pictured, from right). Find the study here:— responsAbility (@responsAbility_) January 24, 2019 TAGSGhanasolar PVSub-Saharan Africatariffs Previous articleBridge loan facility expedites hydropower financial closeNext articleSouth Africa: Mangaung Municipality seek provision of meters ESI Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy Kawahara added: “An immense energy deficit and crumbling infrastructure makes sub-Saharan Africa fertile ground for solar. As of November 2018, developers built a record number of 74MW serving business customers directly, offering them cheaper power than the grid. Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana installed 15MW, 20MW, and 7MW respectively as of November 2018.” Featured image: Stock “While the market is still small, it has great potential,”explained co-author Takehiro Kawahara, lead frontier power analyst at BNEF. The company expects solar to be increasingly deployed onC&I sites, where it often complements diesel power generation. Antoine Prédour, head of energy debt at responsAbility,underlined: “Electricity outages are commonplace across most of sub-SaharanAfrica. When the grid is out, customers must either shoulder high opportunitycosts from lost sales or manufacturing output, or resort to much costlierbackup power, usually from diesel. This is where financing solar installationscan contribute to climate change mitigation by replacing fossil fuel.” On-site solar power is cheaper than the electricity tariffs paid by commercial or industrial clients in 7 out of 15 markets in sub-Saharan Africa studied by BNEF. Read more: Increased solar power to boost Uganda’s electricity sector There are, however, big opportunities for specialisedfinanciers in the region to do more. Funding for C&Isolar systemscenter_img The report, Solar forBusinesses in sub-Saharan Africa, finds that the commercial and industrial(C&I) solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa is growing not because ofregulatory support – as has been the case in many developed economies – butbecause of economics. According to the authors, the financial sector has yet totake on a major role in providing funding for C&I solar systems. So far,most business customers have bought systems for cash, without using third-partyfinance. BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The report is available for download from here. Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA A combination of high electricity tariffs, falling solar PV prices and a lack of reliability on the grid is spurring sales of on-site solar to business customers in sub-Saharan Africa. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Woman mysteriously pleads for help through Texas home security system: Sheriff

first_img(Wise County Sheriff’s Office) Authorities in Texas released this image asking for help in finding a young woman who they say mysteriously pleaded for help through a home’s security system before fleeing the scene, April 9, 2019. (WISE COUNTY, Texas) — Authorities in Texas are looking to find a young woman who they say mysteriously pleaded for help through a home’s security system before fleeing the scene.The woman, believed to be between the ages of 15 and 25, was seen on surveillance cameras at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Indian Trails subdivision between Decatur and Bridgeport, Texas, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office said.The woman, carrying a backpack, approached a home and left a message asking for help on the resident’s security system voicemail, according to the sheriff’s office.“I’m really scared. Will you please open your gate? Please?” she said in the four-second video released, according to ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.Surveillance footage in the area showed her looking around as though someone was following her, the sheriff’s office said.She stayed in the area “until something appeared to attract her attention,” the sheriff’s office said, and then she immediately turned and ran toward a wooded area.“There’s some urgency in her voice,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told WFAA. “It’s troubling… to know that this young woman is apparently concerned, in some level of need.”“The entire neighborhood has been canvassed and no one saw her or recognized her,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.There were no reports of runaways in the area, the sheriff’s office said, and local school districts said no one matching her description was absent from school during that time.Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 940-627-5971.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NASCAR updates damaged vehicle policy, qualifying for 2018

first_imgRELATED: Inside 2018 rules updates | Inspection system debutsNASCAR competition officials distributed a handful of competition updates Wednesday, most notably regarding the damaged vehicle policy and the national series qualifying format.The time limit for teams to make repairs will increase from five to six minutes. Furthermore, if a team has too many crew members over the wall while its car is on the crash clock, the team will be assessed a two-lap penalty instead of being parked.NASCAR officials said those changes were developed from discussions with stakeholders, building on lessons learned from last season to better fit the spirit of the initiative.Competition officials also reduced the opening round of knockout-style qualifying at intermediate and short tracks from 20 to 15 minutes, offering a tighter window for the field to make initial qualifying attempts.The news comes on the heels of NASCAR’s competition department setting the stage lengths for races in all three national series. The group also indicated the NASCAR Air Titan track-drying system will have a revised look in 2018, with a red-and-white scheme replacing the silver-and-green livery.MORE: Stage lengths for 2018 setlast_img read more

Psychologists link spatial perception to claustrophobic fear

first_imgDaily News & Analysis:People who project their personal space too far beyond their bodies, or the norm of arm’s reach, are more likely to experience claustrophobic fear, according to psychologists.“We’ve found that people who are higher in claustrophobic fear have an exaggerated sense of the near space surrounding them,” said Emory psychologist Stella Lourenco, who led the research.“At this point, we don’t know whether it’s the distortion in spatial perception that leads to the fear, or vice versa. Both possibilities are likely,” she said.Read the whole story: Daily News & Analysis More of our Members in the Media >last_img

Indra to Deploy S-Band Radars at Geneva and Zurich Airports

first_imgThe Swiss air navigation services provider, Skyguide, has awarded Indra a contract to deploy primary S-band surveillance radars at the Geneva and Zurich international airports after competing in an international public tender. The catalog price for these systems is around 6 million euros.Indra’s surveillance systems will support approach and landing maneuvers at the country’s two largest airports. Their solid performance will help ensure optimal safety levels and allow for high traffic capacity and smooth flow at the two airports. These radars will replace the existing equipment and feature the latest developments in the mitigation of interferences caused by wind energy turbines. This technology also offers greater capabilities for detecting adverse climatological conditions.Indra has worked with Skyguide since early 2000 implementing the NOVA A-SMGCS in Zurich and Geneva. In Geneva, they have recently installed a new second Surface Movement Radar. In total 12 NORMARC Instrument Landing Systems have been installed over the years at 7 Swiss airports, the latest being the world’s first ultra-wide CAT III ILS going into operations in 2014. The main runway in Zurich is equipped with their DME (Distance Measurement Equipment).To win this new contract, they successfully demonstrated the high quality and performance of their systems, the solid nature of the company and their flexibility to adapt to client requirements.This new contract bolsters Indra’s leadership in Europe, where they have worked with the continent’s foremost air navigation service providers. Their iTEC solution is spearheading the deployment of new generation air traffic control systems in Europe, which in 2020 are set to oversee one in three flights over the continent. They are also playing a prominent role in the SESAR project, to build the technological foundations on which the future Single European Sky will be based.last_img read more

Basketball talent Jether Harris inspired to make a change

first_imgExciting basketball talent Jether Dean Harris is back home with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share following his participation in the annual Quinn Cook Basketball Camp in Maryland, United States of America. The 16-year-old lad got the opportunity to interact with the man himself – Cook – and was guided by experienced and qualified coaches who were on hand to teach the attendees at the camp. Cook is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers; he played college basketball for Duke University.In 2015, he helped to guide Duke Blue Devils to the NCAA Men’s National Championship and in 2018, he won his first NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors.Jether Dean Harris (No. 15) gets to the rim during a local tournamentThe camp’s theme was geared at developing student-athletes both on and off the field. “The camp experience was very meaningful… the coaches made you feel like family and Quinn would walk around and talk to as many people as possible,” Harris told Stabroek Sports following his return to Guyana a few days ago.The young talent said the camp was more than basketball.“I interacted with Quinn several times because he’s very approachable… Overall the camp was more than just basketball. It was an opportunity to learn about discipline and life skills and how to motivate yourself.” Commenting on the talent of the attendees and their contrasting basketball styles, Harris observed that most of the players’ skills were superior to thosehe comes up against in Guyana.“Most of them were exceptional players who surpassed the level of basketball in Guyana, but Guyana can definitely reach and surpass that level. “For the most part, they were nice people but when it came to games on court, if you’re on the opposite team, friends became like complete strangers. But at the same time sportsmanship was shown.”Harris is a student at Marian Academy and plays the point guard role. The ball handler has produced notable performances over the years including a 35 points, nine rebounds performance against President’s College in an Under – 19 semi-finals. During an Under- 14 final, he dropped 58 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against President’s College.His ultimate basketball goal is to create opportunities for his fellow Guyanese to train and play professionally by going as far as he can with basketball. The teenager plans to build a network to change not just basketball, but sports generally in Guyana. Asked about what fuels his incredible ambitions, Harris believes that it is his purpose in life to make an impact and create change.“The fact that I wake up every single morning that means God still has a plan for my life. My family constantly supports me, I’m surrounded by people I love that they’d tell me if I’m going right or going wrong, and overall they are genuine…“The love I have for basketball makes me work so hard for it. I’m not the best player and I’m not better than anybody, but I am different from everyone because I’m my own unique player, and I will try to be the best version of myself.”  The basketball camp was Harris’ first.last_img read more

What’s at Stake for Berkeley After Trump Warns University Over Canceled Speech

first_img Related Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) — President Donald Trump’s apparent warning that the University of California at Berkeley could be at risk of losing federal funds after campus police canceled a talk by a controversial news editor has raised questions about whether the U.S. government can restrict funding to a particular university.Terry Hartle, a senior vice president at the American Council of Education, which represents U.S. colleges and universities, says it’s possible, but only under “clearly dictated procedures” that relate to “financial fraud or scientific misconduct,” not over alleged violations of free speech or violence.Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at the university before police cleared out unruly crowds of people protesting his visit. The university eventually canceled the talk after some of the protestors threw smoke bombs and started a fire.Yiannopoulos is a vocal Trump backer who has been called a racist and misogynist, among other criticisms.Trump took offense Thursday morning over the canceled speech. “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” he wrote on Twitter.Berkeley does receive a significant amount of federal funding, mostly in two forms, Hartle of the American Council of Education said.“The first is student financial assistance in the form of Pell grants and federal loans,” he said of the federal subsidies. “The second is in the form of federal grants for research and development.”The latter allows university faculty and students to work on projects that could benefit agencies like the National Institutes of Health, under which the money would be distributed.According to Berkeley’s 2014-2015 annual financial report, the most recent posted on its website, the university received $417.3 million in federal grants and contracts, plus an additional $39.4 million in Pell grants for students during 2015.For Trump to follow through on his tweet, however, Congress would have to establish a provision to regulations guiding the funding of grants and loan programs to include ramifications for alleged free speech violations or campus violence, which would likely face legal challenges, Hartle says.The president could also seek to reduce the government’s funding for the university by submitting a budget to Congress that de-emphasizes grants to universities and student loans and directing his Cabinet to divert funds elsewhere. But that would affect all schools and students, not just Berkeley.A larger question, in the aftermath of Trump’s response, has been whether Berkeley deserved such a rebuke from the president. There’s no evidence that the event was canceled in order to suppress Yiannopoulos’ views, but rather for precautionary safety reasons after some protesters broke windows and threw rocks, which university officials cited.“Of paramount importance was the campus’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of those attending the event, the speaker, those who came to engage in lawful protest and members of the public and the Berkeley campus community,” they said in a statement Wednesday.It a statement on its Facebook page, the Berkeley College Republicans, the group which organized the event, thanked police and the “university administration for doing all they could to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” criticizing instead the “criminals and thugs” who contributed to the violence.Prior to Yiannopoulos’ arrival, as members of the community voiced opposition to his appearance, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks wrote a public message in which he reminded the school of the “right to free expression, enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” and of the campus’s history as a center of free speech.Dirks sent an additional open letter Thursday, decrying the violence that took place Wednesday night and saying that the university went to “extraordinary lengths” to ensure the event could occur amid the contentious environment.“UC Berkeley condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of individuals who invaded the campus, infiltrated a crowd of peaceful students and used violent tactics to close down the event,” Dirks wrote. “We deeply regret that the violence unleashed by this group undermined the First Amendment rights of the speaker as well as those who came to lawfully assemble and protest his presence.”He added that it was the University of California Police Department that decided to evacuate Yiannopoulos and cancel the event.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Jensen third, Fitzgerald fourth for Marshfield girls golf at Osseo

first_imgClover Valley Golf LeagueMeet No. 2, Sept. 3 at Osseo Golf CourseTeam standings: 1. Stevens Point 187; 2. Stanley-Boyd 188; 3. Osseo-Fairchild 194; 4. Eau Claire Regis 198; 5. Marshfield 206; 6. D.C. Everest 240; 7. Wisconsin Rapids 296.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield scores: 1. Megan Ponkrandt (ECR) 40; 2. Katie Kiraly (SB) 42; 3. Ana Jensen (MAR) 44; 4. Jordyn Fitzgerald (MAR), Aly Wedward (OF) and Mary McDonald (SP) 45; 7. Brook Tuszka (SP) and Julia Szepieniec (ECR) 46; 9. Grace Eide (OF) 47; 10. Lily Bohlinger (OF), Jessica Barber (SP), Abbie Ter Maat (SP) and Julia Post (SB) 48; 18. Patty Bloczynski (MAR) 54; 26. Roma Shah (MAR) 63. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterOSSEO – Marshfield’s Ana Jensen shot a 44 to finish third and Jordyn Fitzgerald tied for fourth with a 45 as the Tigers took fifth at the second leg of the Clover Valley Golf League tournament Thursday at Osseo Golf Course.Megan Pokrandt of Eau Claire Regis won medalist honors with a 40, two shots ahead of Katie Kiraly of Stanley-Boyd. Fitzgerald tied Aly Wedward of Osseo-Fairchild and Mary McDonald of Stevens Point for fourth.Stevens Point won the team title with a 187, one shot ahead of Stanley-Boyd. Marshfield finished with a 206, eight shots out of fourth.Patty Bloczynski had a 54 and Roma Shah shot a 63 to round out Marshfield’s scoring.The third leg of the CGVL tournament is Tuesday at Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Trade fair to boost SADC-China ties

first_imgRay Maota Leaders of the BRICS group: PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh of India,President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia;President Hu Jintao of China; Brazilianpresident Dilma Rousseff; and SouthAfrican president Jacob Zuma at theBRICS Summit in China as South Africawas formally inducted into the group.(Image: GCIS) Mining is one of the economic sectorswhich is set to flourish in the SADC regionas a result of the trade fair andinvestment forum to be held in May.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Glenn HawesExpo-International: Communications+27 21 424 1801RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa at 2011 BRICS summit• SA-China trade ties to strengthen• Southern African Development Community• Trade show to boost India-SA tiesThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) is expecting its biggest ever investment of Chinese money in the region when representatives from China’s major industries travel to South Africa in May 2011 for a trade forum.The IMEXPO SADC-China Trade Fair and Investment Forum will be held at the MTN Expo Centre, in the south of Johannesburg, from 18 to 20 May.The forum will see many Chinese industrialists and investors coming to the country to liaise with their Southern African counterparts and evaluate trade and investment opportunities in the region.The event follows South Africa’s inclusion and formal induction into the BRIC group of rapidly developing nations on 13 April 2011. The increasingly influential bloc includes Brazil, Russia, India and China. After the addition of South Africa, the group became known as BRICS.The expo is the brainchild of Expo International, an events company from Cape Town and its Chinese partner, COIFAIR.Multimillion-dollar investmentsAlthough the trade and investment fair will cement China’s role as South Africa’s biggest single trading partner – after it overtook both the UK and the US – the benefits of it will be felt way beyond the country’s borders.Matthews Malefane, a lobbyist and facilitator for the organisers of IMEXPO, said: “The trade fair and investment forum is highly significant as it follows hot on the heels of South Africa having become a formal member of BRIC.“It will without doubt bring demonstrable, tangible benefits to South Africa and the region. These companies and financiers across the major sectors will be actively looking to invest in those sectors in joint venture partnerships with locals and it could result in one of the biggest injections ever of Chinese money into the region.”The forum will give the 15 SADC member countries a chance to present the investment opportunities within their respective countries to their Chinese counterparts.They will focus on sectors such as energy, water sustainability, health, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, education, agriculture, low-cost housing, textiles, construction, public transport, road and rail, harbours and pipelines, and telecoms.Malefane said: “The expo is an opportunity for all SADC countries to assemble a portfolio of their high economic impact, job-creating, investment and development projects and bring them to the table for negotiations with potential Chinese joint venture partners and get access to Chinese capital.”Some of the biggest Chinese enterprises attending the forum are the China Coal Group; the Sinopacific Ship-building Group; CRBC International, a major road and bridge-construction company; China Gezhouba, a hydro-electric company; the China International Water and Electric Corp and the China Railway Construction Corporation.There will also be 21 Chinese mining firms at the forum.Development in the regionThe SADC was preceded by the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), which was formed on 1 April 1980 in Lusaka, Zambia.After the signing of the SADC Treaty and Declaration by the heads of government of Southern African countries on 17 August 1992, in Windhoek, Namibia, the SADC became an official body.The objective of the SADCC was the political liberation of Southern Africa, while the scope of the SADC is economic integration of all Southern African countries.The SADC member states are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The SADC aims for regional cooperation to improve living standards, social justice and sustainable economic growth.last_img read more

MH370 Report: No ‘significant contacts’ identified in first CSIRO hotspot area

first_img“The ship’s speed has been variable, suggesting that the AUV has not been using its side scan sonar continuously, since it is understood that requires a particular speed, around 3 knots,” Richard Cole said in a January 31 update.The move comes after Seabed Constructor, the high-tech ship employed to search for flight MH370,  swept the western side of arc containing two other points also identified in CSIRO drift studies as possibilities but thought to be less likely options than the first location.The vessel is accompanied by a support ship, the MV Maersk Mariner, which joined it from the West Australian port of Fremantle.Independent experts monitoring the operation via satellite said the Seabed Constructor had conducted three sweeps by January 31 using its fleet of Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles.They  believe the ship used eight AUVs in the first two sorties to the east of the arc and seven to search the smaller area to the west.The company behind the search, Ocean Infinity,  has a “no find, no fee” deal with the Malaysian government.This sees it paid $US20 million if the debris is found in the 5000 sq. km primary search area, $US30m in the 10,000 sq, km secondary zone and $US50m in the 10,000 sq, km tertiary area.The three zones make up a 25,000 sq.m area defined in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s final report as most likely to contain the debris after a  search of the original 120,000 sq km search zone failed to find itOI will get $US70m if it locates the wreckage in outside that 25,000 sq, km zone and a number of experts have suggested this is where it is.The University of Western Australia’s Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi said last year that its rift modeling put the location of MH370 “at Longitude 96.5° E Latitude 32.5° S with a 40km radius.”Some members of the Independent Group believe it may be even further north and a map on the Malaysian update identifies two “site extensions”, one of which ranges north of 29° S.MH370 searchThe map showing site extensions. Source: MH370 Response teamThe update  said favourable weather condition are forecast for the week ahead. The Seabed Constructor is due to berth in Fremantle next week The Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. The Malaysian Government has confirmed the area identified by CSIRO scientists as the most likely site for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been swept without identifying the wreckage.The MH370 response team issued a statement saying that as of January 28, the search had covered 4500 sq. kms to the east of the seventh arc defined by the final satellite handshake.This area contained the position at latitude 35.6° S and longitude 92.8° E described by the CSIRO as the most likely location of the aircraft.“No significant contacts identified to date,’’ the update said.However, an independent expert following the search by satellite said Wednesday the Seabed Constructor had moved back into the eastern search area and appeared to be rescanning one of the tracks previously covered by a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle.MH370 search areaThe area searched by January 28. Source. MH370 Response Team.last_img read more