FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Smart Energy International:Da Mi Hydro Power Joint Stock Company has signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank for the provision of funding to develop Vietnam’s first large-scale floating photovoltaic solar energy facility.The 47.5MW solar energy plant will be built at the utility’s existing 175MW hydropower plant.The ADB and the Canadian Climate Fund are providing $37 million in loan for the development of the floating solar system which is claimed to the first large-scale installation of floating solar PV panels in Vietnam and the largest installation in Southeast Asia. ADB is contributing $17.6 million in a loan, along with $15 million from the Canadian Climate Fund, and Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide a combined $4.4 million loan.Christopher Thieme, deputy director-general for ADB’s private sector operations, said: “This project will help to boost the share of renewable energy in Viet Nam’s overall energy mix and decrease the dependence on imported fossil fuels such as coal. The pairing of these two clean energy technologies—hydropower and solar—is a simple but highly innovative achievement, which can be replicated elsewhere in Viet Nam and across Asia and the Pacific.”Nguyen Trong Oanh, chairman of the board of DHD, added: “We are proud to be the first company in Viet Nam to construct a floating solar power plant on a hydropower reservoir. This project aligns with DHD’s strategy of investing in renewable energy to decrease dependence on fossil fuel, contribute to energy security, mitigate climate change, and promote environmental protection and sustainable socio-economic development. Hydropower reservoirs in southern Viet Nam have vast solar power potential. Capitalizing on the strong relationship between EVN and ADB, we have worked together to catalyse a new source of power for the country.”More: Vietnam’s first, Southeast Asia’s largest floating solar project secures funding Asian Development Bank to fund region’s largest floating solar project in Vietnam
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FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe has a visual of where electric vehicles fit into the utility’s broader long-range strategy.On a whiteboard, she draws a straight line that gives way to a few big spikes that represent hot summer days when air conditioners are blowing and electricity demand peaks across the utility’s service area, which spans much of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.“We have this super-duper summer peak, and it’s literally a couple of hours a year,” she said in an interview with E&E News earlier this month. “It doubles our demand. The rest of the time we have almost double the capacity required across the entire grid.”For utility CEOs like Poppe, the goal is to flatten those peaks in demand, or “load,” into rolling hills or, ideally, something closer to a flat line. Their ability to do so has big consequences for pocketbooks and the climate, because fossil fuels supply much of the peak power during those few critical hours.Poppe, who spent 15 years at General Motors before moving to the utility business, sees EVs as an ally in that quest to flatten out electricity demand.Reductions in energy use and programs that compensate customers for reducing energy use at critical times can help the utility build natural gas plants. And demand from EVs during evenings allows the utility to better use existing power plants and transmission lines — assets that customers pay for regardless of how much use they get.The end result can be lower electric rates and a reduction in tailpipe emissions.Michigan regulators in June approved a long-range plan that calls for Consumers Energy to add more than 6 gigawatts of new solar over the next 20 years, including 1.2 GW by 2021, as it continues to phase out coal use (Energywire, June 10).More: How EVs could thwart fossil fuels, boost renewables How electric vehicles could boost transition to renewables
Siemens Gamesa to build 59MW wind farm in Djibouti FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA announced today it will build a wind farm in Djibouti, which will bring 59MW to a country that has just over 100MW of installed generation capacity.The project’s lead developer, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), said separately it is investing USD 63 million (EUR 58m) in the installation alongside Great Horn Investment Holdings, the investment vehicle wholly owned by Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority.Siemens Gamesa is to install 17 units of SG 3.4-132 wind turbines at a site spanning 395 hectares (976 acres) in the Ghoubet area near Lake Assal. The company will also provide maintenance services for at least ten years with an option for a renewal.The wind farm is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021. AFC has secured a 25-year take-or-pay power purchase agreement (PPA) for the wind farm’s output with public utility Electricite de Djibouti.Djibouti, a nation on the Horn of Africa, is home to a population of 958,920, according to the World Bank’s data from 2018. The country has 126MW of total installed capacity, all thermal power, but only 57MW is reliably available, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) states in its power fact sheet. Furthermore, 110,000 households in Djibouti have no access to electricity.[Sladjana Djunisic]More: Siemens Gamesa to build 59-MW wind farm in Djibouti
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Market researcher Wood Mackenzie has trimmed its forecast for global wind installations in 2020 by 6.5 percent, or 4.9 gigawatts, as the industry grapples with the impact and implications of the coronavirus outbreak.Shuttered manufacturing capacity, closed borders and the threat of canceled or postponed tenders all play a part in the downgrade, which could hit major European markets hardest. WoodMac now expects the world to add 73 gigawatts of new wind capacity in 2020, still a solid jump from the 62 gigawatts built in 2019.Supportive policy moves were likely to enable the shifting of projects into 2021 without penalty, rather than offering new routes to market. Germany, for one, has confirmed it will waive penalties for delayed projects.Driven by booming demand in China and the U.S., where developers face declining subsidies, wind developers placed a record 100 gigawatts’ worth of turbine orders last year. Yet while the world’s top two wind markets may take the biggest hit in terms of megawatts, in percentage terms there could be greater pain in Italy, France and Spain, with aggressive lockdown measures now in place.The global nature of the wind supply chain is likely to limit the impact. Indeed, U.S. engineering, procurement and construction firms have told Wood Mackenzie that they have not seen any supply chain problems thus far.Shashi Barla, Wood Mackenzie’s principal analyst for global wind supply chain and technology, told GTM that China had lost between six and eight weeks of production. “Most companies will be running one or two eight-hour shifts per day. One option could be to increase this, to work two shifts instead of one or even 24 hours per day, if necessary, to compensate for the volume that’s been jeopardized,” Barla said.[John Parnell]More: WoodMac trims global wind energy forecast as coronavirus ripples across markets Wood Mackenzie cuts forecast for 2020 wind installations
The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler will celebrate its 40th year this coming weekend, September 27th – 28th, in Lynchburg, Virginia. There will be races for both runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. With more than 4000 people participating, this historic event, along with the many festivities, is sure to be a memorable one.Adult runners can choose between the 10 Miler, which costs $75, and the 4 Miler, which costs $50. There is also a 4 Mile walk option, which also costs $50. There will be live music and DJs throughout the course, so there’s really no need to use your own device. They encourage everyone to keep this event headphone-free.Please note that online registration has closed. However, there are still plenty of ways to sign up. You can wait until the day-of or head to the Amazement Square Warehouse Thursday and Friday. Here participants can also pick up their bibs and race packets. To keep things easy, all three of these races will start at E.C. Glass High School at 8am on Saturday. Check the event website for specific course information.The Amazing Mile has been around for more than a decade and is a race just for children. This year, they have the event split up into 3 categories, 1 mile, ½ mile and ¼ mile, allowing for even more participants who are 13 years old and younger. These races will take place on Friday, September 27th starting at 6:15pm. The Family Festival will go from 4:30-7:30pm and is another part of the weekend’s festivities. There will be concessions, a rock wall, face painting, and more.Like any good race, there will be a celebration afterwards. There will be food, cold beverages, live music, and massages inside E.C. Glass High School.View Larger MapLooking for something a little more South? Check out our other weekend pick, National Public Lands Day in Pisgah National Forest!
Deep within the Tennessee wilds of Big South Fork, a newly-arisen enclave has grabbed the attention of nature lovers, campers, hikers, and horseback aficionados. It’s called Charit Creek Lodge, and they’re offering a beautiful, uniquely-rustic experience only two hours outside of Nashville.Big South Fork is renowned for its bewitching wilderness. A naked park fleeced with chestnut oaks and pines spanning nearly 125,000 acres, the area is consumed with hair-raising views of nature and wildlife. A 600-foot gorge bends through the innermost heart of the park’s plateau, giving the area its distinct charm, while the park pinnacles at the Twin Arches Summit—a topmost point accessible by trail with spectacular views spanning below.Hikers in particular will enjoy the many trails winding throughout the Lodge’s surrounding area. Abundant with natural swimming holes, waterfalls, and earth-formed arches cambering overhead, these hike-able paths are available to anyone staying at the Lodge. The Sheltowee Trace trailhead—a 300-mile trail that courses through Big South Fork’s entirety—even begins at Charit Creek Lodge, making the lodge an invaluable starting point for resident hikers. The majority of trails here are even navigable by horseback or mountain bike.Horses may be stabled in their own building near the cabins, and lodge-owned mountain bikes will become available to residents in Spring 2015. Those seeking the alternative solidarity of canoeing or kayaking may paddle the Big South Fork River, the water only a few miles from the Lodge. And for less adventurous, horseshoe tossing and bocce ball are readily available. The list of activities available to guests of Charit Creek Lodge is seemingly endless.What makes the Lodge interesting is it withholds some of the oldest-standing cabins in the National Park system today, some existing since the early 1800’s. Hand-built fences zigzag the collective area, encasing it within a hollow, emerald grassland peppered with wildflowers. All cabins offer toasty, wood-burning stoves and comfortable bedding. Though electricity isn’t featured, the area has fully-operable plumbing, showers, sinks, and clean water. But let’s not forget: the experience is fully-private, offering full-service accommodations at only $80 a night.When it comes to meals, breakfast and dinner are served free with this initial price. Every meal is fully-prepared beforehand by the staff, dinner experienced by the comely flicker of kerosene lamps. Chosen foods are familiar to Southern, home-style cuisine, featured plates ranging from cornbread and cast iron skillet-grilled meats, candied yams and spicy turnip greens. Bellies filled, residents may proceed to the rocking chairs upon the decks to stargaze into the infinitesimal beauty of the Cosmos, exceedingly clear amongst the solitude of nature. Novels may be read by candlelight or roaring fires kindled outside, all the while listening to the chorus of cicadas, glow bugs streaking the star-ridden sky above.The experience of Charit Creek Lodge is true charm. It offers a classical feel like no other. It returns visitors to their center, their sense of peace and belonging in the world. The spirit becomes reawakened by the placidity of nature in this place, and after gazing back in time here, one returns to the daily grind at home increasingly self-aware.–Story by R.F. Grant, a Denver-based freelance writer. View more of his work at rfgrant.com.For more information visit the Charit Creek Lodge website at www.ccl-bsf.com.
Winter weather taking a toll on your running routine? Give those chilly toes a wake-up call this weekend at the Frosty Feet Trail Races in Bryson City.Running store Foot Rx‘s “Yeti or Not Winter Trail Series”, the Frosty Foot run takes to the Tsali Trail System in the Nantahala National Forest. Participants can choose between 30 and 50 kilometer distances on the trails, and both options promise beautiful views of the North Carolina countryside to reward your efforts along those rolling hills.The 50K race will begin at 8:30 on the morning of Saturday, January 17, with the 30K close behind at 9 AM. All runners should arrive at the entrance to the Tsali Recreation Area by 8 to prepare for the challenge ahead! There will be three aid stations in total, two for both the 30 and 50K at miles 5 and 14, plus a third for the 50K at mile 23.Image courtesy of Christopher-GraphicsThe Frosty Foot Trail Races will accept only 300 runners altogether, so hurry to make the cut. Online registration has closed, but Foot Rx will offer in-store registration opportunities throughout the week as well as on-site registration on race day from 7 to 8 AM to fill any open spots.Every runner will walk away with a free race beanie from Foot Rx, and 50K racers will also receive a pair of snazzy arm sleeves to sport for more winter runs to come. Proceeds from the race will directly benefit the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association in their valiant efforts to clean up and maintain the very Nantahala National Forest Trails that you’ll be running on! Help show these trails some love, both with your wallet and with your feet, at the Frosty Feet Trail Races.
We’re barely into September and my daughter is already obsessed with Halloween. Basically, she’s been thinking about the holiday since Easter. Every morning, she tells me how many days are left until the big day. She’s all in this year, determined to be a “vampire princess” even though I keep pushing for the whole family to be Mystery Incorporated from Scooby Doo. My daughter could be Daphne, my son could be Fred (just imagine a six year old in an ascot), my wife can be Velma and I’ll be Shaggy. Alas, my daughter wants no part of it. It’s vampire princess or nothing. Sigh. Apparently, it’s not about me.The only people more excited about Halloween than my daughter, are America’s craft brewers, who started flooding our stores with pumpkin beers well before Labor Day. Now, I couldn’t fathom drinking a pumpkin beer on a regular basis, but I do believe there is a time and place for a pumpkin brew. When you’re egging your neighbor’s car. Thanksgiving. While escorting your vampire princess daughter to loot the neighborhood…So I found three pumpkin beers worth checking out. Don’t go crazy with these—if you buy a six pack, find a couple of friends to share the beer with. You don’t want to drink too much pumpkin beer. I imagine the hangover would be similar to that time you went overboard with the rum daiquiris on that cruise. Remember that?King Don’s Pumpkin Ale Catawba Brewing CompanyAsheville, N.C. Crack this can and you can smell the pumpkin from across the room. It’s sweet, with plenty of baking spices, so it comes off as more pumpkin pie than straight up pumpkin. It’s creamy and orange in color, so there’s no doubt you’re drinking the season’s favorite fruit here. 5.5% ABV.Pumpkick New Belgium Brewing Company Asheville, N.C. (soon, people, soon) If you thought King Don’s was too pumpkiny, don’t even bother cracking open Pumpkick. New Belgium goes over the top with this beer. Supposedly, NB used cranberry juice during the brewing process to add a bit of tartness, but I can’t find any of it amongst all the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg swirling around in this devilish brew.Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter Starr HillCharlottesville, Va. I don’t typically like porters, but this is my favorite of the three beers on this list. The pumpkin is subtle, and you’ll actually find more notes of chocolate and roasted coffee in this beer than anything else. The pumpkin is there, but it hits you during the aftertaste, and just enough so you know that Boxcarr is a fall seasonal.
Like the gear we’re rockin’? Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, ENO, Farm to Feet, IceMule Coolers. On Saturday, April 9th, Jess and I headed for Tallulah Fest, a small kayaking festival hosted by BBB Paddling in Long Creek, South Carolina that celebrates the Tallulah and Chattooga rivers.When you go to a paddling festival, you would assume that paddling would be the main topic of conversation, right? I pictured beer-slinging boaters dazzling us with stories of their epic lines and gnarly carnage, but we quickly found that Tallulah Fest brought with it a much more diverse crowd. We met hikers and cyclists, kids and adults, outdoor enthusiasts from every walk of life. The event marked the beginning of Blue Ridge Outdoors and Elevation Outdoors Magazines’ 2016 Live Outside and Play tour, so we were anxious to iron out the wrinkles of our newly acquired festival set-up.Along with the festival, we also had a river clean up on the Chattooga River scheduled for the following day. We mustered as many folks as we could for a Sunday morning, given the late night shenanigans and the anticipation to paddle. You can imagine how difficult it is to get people excited to pick up trash with the Tallulah Gorge going off. We were able to recruit 5 enthusiastic stewards though, and together we travelled to the Route 76 Bridge just downstream of the Bull Sluice rapid on the Chattooga River. Well-used local beaches, parking areas, and trails were in dire need of some attention.It’s a strange feeling to pick up other people’s trash. I constantly ask myself what must be running through the minds of the people who let litter fly wherever they see fit. Does it get easier to throw a bottle into the woods or roll a tire off a cliff? Does it ever feel wrong to flick a cigarette butt along the trail? After two hours of wrestling overgrown brush and thorns, we collected 10 bags of trash, a tire, a mangled pile of rusty metal, a traffic cone, an oil pan, and a bagful of dirty diapers. We were fortunate to meet local spectators of the Chattooga River who graciously offered to load their flatbed truck and haul the trash to the county dump for us.There’s nothing glorious about picking up trash out of the woods, but as boaters and locals shouted “thanks” as they passed by, we couldn’t help but feel like we were making some difference, no matter how small.Big thanks goes out to our trash crew Grayson, Meg, Drew, Jordan, and Kev, Tallulah Fest, and Farm to Feet for supporting our efforts.– Adam R. Stay up-to-date with all-things Live Outside and Play by following our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds! Coming soon to a mountain town near you.
The Roanoke Valley is well known for its cycling opportunities, both on-road and off, but the scenic back roads of neighboring Botetourt County have been a well-kept secret…until now.Everything changes on October 14, with the inaugural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo. Cyclists have route options of 30, 50, and 80 miles, so there’s something for everyone. Each route is carefully crafted to showcase Botetourt’s rich, scenic beauty and warm, welcoming communities. Riders will enjoy the area’s lovely rolling terrain, open farmland, forested mountains, and James River. Each route will also feature memorable aid stations and charming small towns. The start/finish will be at Ballast Point Brewing Company in Daleville, so you’ll definitely want to hang around for the post-ride party, which will be catered by Ballast Point and is included with registration.Need a few more reasons to sign up? We’ve got ‘em.Leave the killer climbs for another dayOnly the 80-mile “Mountain Ride” has a serious mountain in it, and you’ll be richly rewarded with a thrilling, fast, twisty descent and instant street cred (the climb was used by the pros in an early version of the Tour DuPont). The other two rides have plenty of hills, but Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo is more about gorgeous fall scenery, amazing aid stations, and smooth back roads than huge elevation gains. The surrounding mountains are almost always visible, though!Be our guestWarm, welcoming communities are Botetourt County’s greatest asset. Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo prides itself on being a community event and happily offers you a glimpse into small-town life in rural Botetourt. The aid stations in Fincastle, Eagle Rock, and Buchanan will be hosted by enthusiastic volunteers from these vibrant, historic communities. Stop at each unique aid station and visit awhile!Go Outside, then go for a rideWith the Roanoke Go Outside Festival the same weekend, you can easily make this the perfect fall get-away. Hang out at Go Fest in downtown Roanoke Friday evening and Saturday, then stretch your legs at the VBR Gran Fondo on Sunday. Bring the family – the world class Greenfield Disc Golf course is just minutes from Ballast Point.Sound good?You don’t want to miss out on this unique new event and listen to your friends remind you of how much fun it was all year long. Registration ranges from $60-$90 and includes a VBR Gran Fondo t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by 9/14), a post-ride meal and beverage catered by Ballast Point, and fully-stocked aid stations. Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo is an awe-inspiring new fall ride you’ll want to treat yourself to year after year.