Now available: Open source solar contracts to simplify transacting

first_imgFeatured image: Stock BRICS The open source project was initiated by the Terrawatt Initiative (TWI) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation A team of legal advisors and renewable energy experts contributed to an Open Solar Contracts Initiative to accelerate the deployment of solar power worldwide. Jen Stolp, Partner at Baker McKenzie who led the team, says: “This project aims to make the contracting for solar projects cost-efficient, in line with international best practice, and remove barriers to entry for smaller developers and particularly those in developing countries.” On behalf of the IRENA, members of the law firm’s renewable energy group also developed a guide for policymakers from African countries on the implementation of the renewable energy elements of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Guiding Africa’s climate change targets She added: “It was an honour to collaborate with colleagues worldwide on this innovative project, which we believe will improve the quality, speed and efficiency of solar energy transactions globally.” The Baker McKenzieteam also included Global Co-Head of Renewables, Marc Fevre, andsenior associates Graham Richmond, Mike Webb, Bridgett Majola and Chantel vanZyl. Fevre explainsthat despite the dramatic fall in the cost of photovoltaic technology in recentyears, transaction costs remain high. Now read these articles:Op-Ed: Actions for South Africans to take to fight climate changeAfrica Day shines a spotlight on NDCs at COP25Water Resilience Frontiers initiative on climate agenda at COP25 The guide comprised a five-step framework for policymakers to convert climate targets into domestic policies, strategies and implementation plans. It also detailed how private and public sector funding could be incentivised and implemented to aid in meeting their targets. Sign up for the ESI Africa newslettercenter_img Baker McKenzie, along with other law firms,technical advisers and various renewable energy industry players, contributedto the drafting of the suite of solar contract documentation on a pro bonobasis. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector In 2016, the firm’sAfrica energy team won the African Legal Awards Environmental, Energy andNatural Resources Team of the Year award, for their role in putting togetherthis guide to help African economies meet their climate change targets. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Investment and strategy are key topics at the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference. Click here to register to attend or for more information about the event. Access the One Solar Contracts here According to IRENA, the Initiative aimed “to streamline and scale up the global development and financingof solar projects, to contribute to meeting the objectives of the SustainableDevelopment Goals and the Paris Agreement.” “Many of the risk allocation principles required to successfully implement solar PV projects at scale are the same around the world, and the hope is that the Open Solar Contracts Initiative will go some way to facilitating the further deployment of solar projects to the still significant portion of the world’s population without access to affordable and reliable electricity,” Fevre said. Why open source solar contracts are needed TAGSBaker McKenzieIRENAsolar power Previous articleTogo welcomes low-carbon power supply agreementNext articleThreat of loadshedding in S.Africa unpacked in CSIR report Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. The project, which provides a package ofopen source, standardised contracts that help to reduce the complexity andincrease the efficiency of solar power transactions globally, has now beenfinalised. Finance and Policylast_img read more

BASE Directors in Belarus for charity

first_imgOn 18 August BASE Coach Sales Directors Duncan and Dominic and I travelled to the city of Borisov in Belarus as part of a group of nine people from St Johns Church in Burscough.This year we are working at the “Special School for Disabled Children” where we are demolishing an old play shelter, building benches around a miniature football pitch and hopefully refurbishing a gym that is used regularly by the disabled children who are cared for in this specially designated school.The photo above is of the team in 2017 working at the baby hospital in Borisov where we built a wheelchair ramp and enlarged the playground built by the team in 2016.We also plan to run a week-long holiday camp in one of the local orphanages for children aged 4-15 years, working alongside the local church.We are hoping to raise £4,000 as a group to help towards the cost of the build project and the children’s holiday camp.If you would like to help us raise money for this great cause, please go to www.justgiving.com/Peter-Dorling2Any donations small or large would be very gratefully received.Mark Aspinall, Director,BASE Coach Sales, Leylandlast_img read more

My digital life: Rob Charlton

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

Australian cricketer’s brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

first_imgSYDNEY,  (Reuters) – The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja was charged yesterday with creating what police described as fake plans for attacks against prominent people that led to the imprisonment of another man he saw as a rival for the affections of a woman. Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was granted bail in Sydney’s Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday afternoon on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and forgery. He was arrested in western Sydney earlier as part of a New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation.Police allege 39-year-old Arsalan Khawaja created a fake document “containing plans that purported to facilitate terrorism attacks”. The document led them to arrest and imprison 25-year-old Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen in August.Nizamdeen was released in October after it was shown his handwriting did not match that in the document, which domestic media reported included threats against then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and others. “We regret what happened to Mr Nizamdeen. But, really, the person who is responsible for what occurred to him is the person we’re alleging manufactured this document,” Assistant Police Commissioner Mick Willing told reporters in Sydney.“We will be alleging that he was set up in a planned and calculated manner,” he said.Willing said police believed the plot was motivated by a grievance over a woman who was courted by both men. Police said there was no actual threat related to the document they allege Khawaja fabricated.The arrest came just two days before his brother, Usman, is expected to play for Australia in the first test match of a four-game series against India in Adelaide.“This is a matter for the police to deal with,” Usman Khawaja said a statement he read out in Adelaide on Tuesday. “Out of respect for the process it’d be inappropriate for me to be making any further comment. I just ask for you to please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy during this time,” he said.last_img read more

Irish riders line out for the Hickstead Derby this weekend

first_img Irish riders line out for the Hickstead Derby this weekend Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  Irish riders line out for the Hickstead Derby this weekend Tags: Team Ireland Equestrian’s showjumpers will compete at Hickstead (GBR) this week, with the world famous Hickstead Derby taking place on Sunday at 14.45 IST. Elsewhere on the showjumping circuit, Irish riders will fly the flag at Cascais Estoril (POR), Geesteren (NED), Knokke (BEL), Bonheiden (BEL), Riesenbeck (GER), Lausanne (SUI) and Kronenberg (NED).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). 19 June 2019, 10:52last_img read more

F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix LIVE REACTION: Max Verstappen speaks after beating Lewis Hamilton, Bottas third – LATEST

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Photo(s) of the Week: Miller Woods

first_imgDid you guess the shrub that blooms in the fall in Michigan? It’s the native witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. The long, yellow petals on the flowers stand out in the fall, and attract the bees and flies that don’t have any other flowers to gather nectar and pollen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Trilliums at Miller WoodsSpring is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Miller Woods in Plymouth Township. If you visit the woods in late April through May, you can easily see the dramatic changes warmer weather brings. Each week brings a whole new crop of blooming spring wild flowers and…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Autumn Colors in MichiganI can’t get enough of the stunning fall colors in Michigan! It’s amazing to walk through the woods to see all the beautiful changing colors and look up into the canopy of trees to see even more brillian colors.In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Fairlane Lake at University of Michigan-DearbornWhile we haven’t had any frosts yet here in southeast Michigan, I saw my first fall color changes this weekend on a morning hike at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center. Along with about a dozen other morning risers, we traipsed the Dogwood, Sugar Maple, and Lakeside Trails at…In “Michigan” When I was in college, one of the classes I had to take for my botany degree was woody plants. I loved that class! Who wouldn’t want to take a walk in the woods instead of sitting in a classroom for four hours? Each week we would travel to a different wooded area in southeastern Michigan and learn to identify 20-30 new trees and shrubs. And when I say identify, I mean by the silhouette, buds, bark, and twigs. My class was held in the fall, so by mid-semester all the leaves had dropped, and there weren’t any leaves to help us figure out what we were looking at. We had to learn to look at bark patterns, the shape and color of buds, how branches split, and the overall shape of a plant to determine what it was. And to look at flowers. Yes, there’s one shrub that would bloom in mid-fall. Do you know it? (I’ll share it at the end of the post.)One of the places we visited was Miller Woods, a beech-maple forest in Plymouth Township which still stands today. I love going back to Miller Woods in the spring, since it’s easy to locate the native wildflowers bursting into bloom. It’s one of the few places I find the red trillium. This past week I stopped in for a walk through the woods. With our long winter, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was delightfully surprised to see several wildflowers and shrubs just starting to bloom. The wild allium covers the higher ridges near the back of the woods. No trilliums to see yet. But I’m hoping to go back this week to find them.The trout lilies, hepatica, and spring beauties are out. The May Apples are shooting up from the forest floor.last_img read more

‘Morata wrong for Atleti & shouldn’t have left Real’

first_imgAlvaro Morata would be wrong to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, according to former midfielder Bernd Schuster.Striker Morata is, as revealed by Goal, expected to depart Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes after the Premier League club brought in Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed this week that Morata informed the club last month that he wanted to leave, just 18 months on from his £60 million ($78m) arrival from Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Atletico have been tipped to sign the Spain international, but Schuster, twice a Copa del Rey winner in three years at the club, thinks such a move would be unwise.Indeed, the former Madrid player and head coach thinks Morata should have stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’m surprised by Morata’s arrival at Atleti,” he told Onda Cero. “I don’t know if they’re the team for him. I think Morata was wrong to leave Madrid. He didn’t have patience.”Schuster was speaking after Madrid beat Girona 4-2 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, fighting back from 1-0 down thanks to goals from Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema and two from Sergio Ramos.Marcelo Real Madrid 2018-19Marcelo, whose future has been the subject of recent speculation, set up Ramos to score Madrid’s crucial third goal after having failed to track Antony Lozano for Girona’s seventh-minute opener.Schuster accused Marcelo this week of getting “fat easily” when he does not play, but he praised the Brazil international’s impact.”Bringing in Marcelo was very positive, although he is still not at 100 per cent, which showed in Girona’s first goal,” he said. “But you have to put him in. He has to play. He’s an indisputable first-choice.”However, Schuster is in no doubt that Madrid are suffering from the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus in a €112m (£97m/$127m) deal last year.”What they miss at Madrid is a player who gets 45-50 goals,” he added.last_img read more

Modric: I’d swap Madrid trophies for World Cup

first_imgCroatia I’d swap Madrid trophies for World Cup glory – Modric Stephen Creek 16:36 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luka Modric Champions League trophy 27052018 Getty Croatia Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Croatia v Nigeria World Cup The Real Madrid midfielder admits that he would trade in some of his silverware at club level in order to win this summer’s international tournament Luka Modric insists Real Madrid deserved their Champions League victory but says he would trade in some of his club honours for World Cup glory with Croatia .The midfielder was at the heart of a Madrid side that beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev , as Zinedine Zidane’s side benefited from a pair of goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius.Despite their good fortune, Modric claims the achievement of beating Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich on their way to the final made Madrid worthy winners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Speaking at the Croatian Players’ Union awards ceremony, Modric said: “It seems we can’t make it without drama.”But this time we’ve had the hardest route since I came to Madrid: French champions, Italian champions, German champions and then Liverpool.”We really deserved the trophy.”The 32-year-old admitted that the 2017-18 season had not been an easy one for Madrid, who ended the season third in the La Liga table, 17 points behind bitter rivals and champions Barcelona.And Modric, who has lifted four Champions League trophies, one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey since joining the club in 2012, revealed he would give up some of his club silverware for a taste of international success with Croatia at the World Cup in Russia.”It was a very hard and long season, in La Liga and the Copa del Rey we did not play as is expected of us,” he said.”In the end we won the trophy that is most important. I am happy to be part of this club and this success that will be remembered in history.”[But] I would change some of the trophies I’ve won with Madrid for one big success with Croatia!”last_img read more