Spain’s Acciona makes big foray into U.S. solar and battery storage markets

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage.This represents one of the largest deals known to pv magazine. What’s more is that the projects aren’t all that far from going on-line, CEO of ACCIONA’s Energy Division in North America, Rafael Esteban boldly shared: “We will bring a significant portion of the portfolio into service between 2021 and 2023.”Specially, ACCIONA envisions commissioning eight projects by the end of 2023, adding around 1.5 GW of peak capacity to its North American renewable energy portfolio.And while 3 GW of solar is massive, 1 GW of battery storage is, quite literally, unlike anything we have ever seen in the United States. To date, the country has only 899 MW of operating batter storage. And while that figure is anticipated to reach 1 GW by year’s end, even then this is 1/67th of the total installed solar capacity and an even smaller percent of installed renewable energy capacity.However, potentially the most impressive part about the deal is that none of the projects are located in what would be considered strong, traditional, solar markets. The states included are Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.In case anyone was wondering, this 3 GW purchase represents more solar capacity than all of those states currently have on-line combined, and it’s not particularly close, either. Remember that whole bit about the future of solar being driven by the Midwest? Seems like it’s already starting to come true.More: ACCIONA buys solar + storage on a national scale Spain’s Acciona makes big foray into U.S. solar and battery storage marketslast_img read more


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first_img During the operation, Ecuadorian security forces located the small submarine on the coast near the town of Limones, in the province of Esmeraldas. The area is near the Colombian border. Ecuadorian National Police officers seized the submarine “in an operation that had the support of Colombia,” Serrano said. Ecuadorian police “received major technical cooperation from the (Colombian National Police) and the Colombian government.” No one was inside or near the submarine when security forces found it, Serrano said. Security forces took the submarine to an Ecuadorian Navy base, he explained. Two days after security forces captured the submarine, Ecuadorian authorities in the city of Esmeraldas arrested a man and a woman who are suspected of being linked to the submarine, Serrano said. Ecuadorian National Police are investigating whether the two suspects helped operate the submarine and whether others were involved, Serrano said. “There is no doubt that this submarine was ready to be used by Mexican and Colombian cartels to ship cocaine and other illegal drugs ,” said ” Hector Chavez , a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. Organized crime groups do not produce drugs in Ecuador, but they move drugs produced in other countries, such as Colombia and Brazil, through the country, according to Chavez, the security analyst. “Ecuador is not known for being a producer of illicit drugs , but because of its geographical position , international drug gangs make efforts to claim territory there and set up drug trafficking operations,” Chavez said. It is not surprising that the Sinaloa Cartel is operating in Ecuador, Chavez explained. “That is one of the characteristics of El Chapo Guzman, he forms alliances with gangs in other countries,” the security analyst said. Submarine located Mexican drug cartels in Ecuador and Colombia Drug trafficking center The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, both of which are major Mexican transnational criminal organizations, operate in Ecuador and Colombia, Ecuadorian Deputy Minister of Internal Security Javier Cordova said in an interview with ECTV, a public television station. International cooperation is crucial in the fight against the drug cartels, Cordova said. “If we pretend or believe that we can successfully battle narco-trafficking by ourselves, we would be mistaken,” Cordova said. Ecuadorian authorities have captured dozens of operatives from transnational criminal organizations in recent years: • In October 2013, the Ecuadorian National Police captured 10 members of the gang Los Urabenos de Colombia. Some of the suspects were Ecuadorians who were working with the Colombian gang, authorities said. • In August 2013, Ecuadorian police captured Eliezer Rodríguez Jorge, the alleged leader of Los Rastrojos, a Colombian organized crime group. He is known as “Palustre.” Ecuadorian authorities turned “Palustre” over to Colombian officials. • In May 2013, Ecuadorian National Police officers arrested five Ecuadorians and four Mexican nationals who were suspected of being part of an international drug trafficking network. The police also seized 452 kilograms of cocaine and $276,567 in cash. The arrests and seizures were part of “Operation Aluvión.” • In April 2013, Ecuadorian National Police alerted the country’s Coast Guard that a yacht in Ecuadorian waters was carrying a large amount of cocaine. A Coast Guard vessel chased the boat, which was named the “Green Onion,” which fled to international waters. The Ecuadorian Navy alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, which captured the boat in international waters near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When the crew members saw they were about to be captured, they burned about four tons of cocaine that were on the yacht, authorities said. • In June 2012, Ecuadoran authorities found a small airplane with Mexican registration abandoned inside a hangar in San Pablo, in the coastal province of Santa Elena. The aircraft was probably used to smuggle drugs, authorities said. • Also in June 2012, Ecuadorian security forces seized a submarine that was under construction, a light plane, a speedboat, and a ton of cocaine. The light plane and speedboat were undoubtedly being used by drug traffickers, and the submarine was going to be used for drug smuggling if it had been completed, said Ricardo Camacho Zeas, an Ecuadorian security analyst. The Ecuadorian Coastguard discovered the submarine hidden beneath mud and shrubs on an islet between the Verdes and Escalante Islands, in the Gulf of Guayaquil, authorities said. The submarine was 15 meters long and four meters wide, with a capacity of transporting up to 15 tons of drugs. The submarine was about 70 percent complete, officials said. The Coastguard intercepted the speedboat 12 miles off the coast of Canoa, in Manabi province. The boat was powered by three outboard engines of 350-horsepower each. The speedboat left Chiapas on June 7, 2012, and was equipped with modern communications equipment, a high-frequency transmitter, and enough food for several days. Ecuadorian security forces arrested three Mexican nationals who were operating the boat. Ecuadorian security forces found the ton of cocaine amid rocks at San Clemente Beach, a few miles from where the speedboat was captured. The men in the speedboat were probably on their way to pick up the cocaine, authorities said. The light aircraft was found abandoned inside a hangar in San Pablo. The airplane was registered in Mexico. • In May 2013, a small airplane from Mexico crashed in Manabi province. Ecuadorian authorities found $1.4 million in cash on the plane. The pilot and co-pilot were both killed in the crash. They were from Sinaloa, Mexico, which is a stronghold for El Chapo Guzman. center_img Drug traffickers probably used the submarine to smuggle drugs, such as cocaine, to northern destinations such as the United States, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, according to Pinzon. The submarine had enough space to “mobilize about 600 kilos of drugs in each trip,” Pinzon said. Serrano thanked Colombia for its help in seizing the submarine and also for its assistance in tracking down several fugitives who fled Ecuador in recent months and tried to hide in Colombia. olombia for their assistance in the recapture of offenders who have fled to the neighboring country . “We appreciate the support of Colombia and the police , especially in stopping dangerous criminals who who escaped from prisons in Ecuador ,” Serrano said. In February 2013, 19 inmates escaped from a high-security Ecuadorian prison in Guayaquil, located about 420 kilometers south of Quito. Cesar Demar Vernaza Quinonez, who is known as “The Entrepreneur,” was among those who escaped in February. The Entrepreneur is the leader of a gang, known as “Los Templados,” which collaborates with the Sinaloa Cartel, authorities said. Los Templados transports and protects drug shipments for the cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Colombian security forces recaptured The Entrepreneur in that country in April 2013. The Entrepreneur was extradited to Ecuador, where is facing drug trafficking charges. By Dialogo October 31, 2013 The importance of cooperation Colombian and Ecuadorian security forces recently collaborated to capture a submarine that authorities suspect was being used to smuggle drugs. During a press conference in Cartagena, Ecuadorian Interior Minister Jose Serrano announced the seizure of the submarine on Oct. 20, 2013. Serrano was in the city for the 82nd General Assembly of Interpol. Serrano was joined at the press conference by Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. Security forces from Ecuador seized the submarine under “Operation Progress,” Serrano said. In a separate operation, on Oct. 28, the Ecuadorian Coast Guard captured a speedboat allegedly carrying 468 kilograms of cocaine about 1,800 kilometers from the port of Esmeraldas. Two boat operators were arrested, authorities said. U.S. security forces assisted in the operation. In two separate operations, Ecuadorian security forces found a large amount of cocaine alkaloid at a port, and the Coastguard captured a speedboat allegedly carrying a large amount of cocaine. Large drug seizures in Ecuador On Oct. 30, agents with anti-narcotics division of the Attorney General’s office found 1.5 tons of cocaine alkaloid hidden inside a freight container at the port of Guayquil, Serrano announced through his Twitter account. “We must eradicate this crime that is destroying us,” Serrano wrote. The interior minister commended the work of the investigators who found the drugs. Security forces seized the cocaine alkaloid, which was hidden inside a container of pineapples and was bounded to Belgium. In September 2013, Ecuadorian security forces at the port discovered 30 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a container of bananas. The container was destined for the Netherlands. On Oct. 28, the Ecuadorian Coastguard captured a speedboat allegedly carrying 468 kilograms of cocaine about 1,800 kilometers from the port of Esmeraldas. Two boat operators were arrested, authorities said. U.S. security forces assisted in the operation. last_img read more


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first_imgby: Christina PontissoHave you been shopping around for the best credit card for you? If so, have you considered getting a credit card through a credit union instead of a bank? You’d be smart to find out that you’re better off getting a credit card from a credit union.The biggest reason to consider a credit union credit card: LOWER interest rates. Credit unions can offer lower rates because of their non-profit status. Which is great news for you, that leaves you more money in your pocket!According to CUNA, an average interest rate for a basic credit card from a credit union was 11.81% vs 15.77% from a bank.Another reason to consider a credit union credit card: LOWER late fees. In 2015, CUNA reported an average late fee for credit unions was $24.56 compared to $34.18 at banks. Do you see a pattern yet (hint: lower rates and lower fees at credit unions)? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgEurope is traditionally the world’s most important tourist macro-region, and family accommodation in Europe accounts for about 13% of the total available accommodation capacity.When it comes to Croatia, it has more than 500 thousand beds in family accommodation, which is more than half of the total accommodation capacity in Croatia. Modern tourists are increasingly staying in family accommodation looking for more freedom, privacy, an authentic tourist experience through interaction with the local community, better prices and greater value for money. Although family accommodation is relatively widespread in Europe and is constantly increasing, European destinations face a number of challenges due to the lack of control over its development.One of the main development challenges is the education of the owner of family accommodation and its professionalization, all with the aim of raising the quality of family accommodation and, ultimately, raising the overall level of quality of the destination offer. Another important trend that characterizes the modern family accommodation market is the increasing use of ICT both on the tourist demand side, in the travel planning phase and during the stay in the destination, and on the tourist offer side through the application of ICT in the promotion and sale of family accommodation.Bearing in mind the growing need of private accommodation owners for lifelong learning and for raising the level of their knowledge, skills and competences and, on the other hand, respecting the increasingly widespread use of ICT in family accommodation, the project was launched. Rooms to VET. The project is funded by the EU Erasmus + KA2 fund, implemented by the Institute of Tourism in Zagreb in cooperation with 8 partners from 4 European countries (Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Spain) and the project involves experts in the field of tourism, lifelong vocational education and ICT -and in tourism.The main goal of the project is to raise the level of quality and competitiveness of family accommodation in partner countries, using a free “e-learning” platform for owners of family accommodation and holiday homes, which will allow users to quickly, interestingly and easily (so-called “bite -sized learning ”) acquire the knowledge and skills they need to improve the level of quality of family accommodation. The platform will consist of 6 learning modules designed based on a detailed research of the educational needs and habits of family accommodation owners. These are the following modules: hospitality and service culture, planning for successful business, improving daily business, arranging and beautifying the accommodation facility, creating innovative products and services, and more efficient promotion and sales. Users of the platform will go through each module in a way that they will first learn the theoretical basis from a certain area and then go through the process of checking the acquired knowledge.In addition to the platform, on the project website (www.roomstovet.eu) there will be a database with best practices in the field of family accommodation as an example and incentive to other renters who want to raise the quality of their accommodation facility. PROGRAM – ROOMS TO VET – Professional development and professionalization of family accommodation service providers PROGRAMME09:00 – 10:00: GATHERING AND REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS10:00 – 10:30: OPENING OF THE MEETING AND PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECTo Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatiao University of Zadar- Welcome speecheso Renata Tomljenović and Damir Krešić, Institute of Tourism- Presentation of the “Rooms to VET” project10:30 – 11:30: POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF FAMILY ACCOMMODATION DEVELOPMENTo Ivo Kunst, Institute of Tourism- National program for the development of family accommodationo Nedo Pinezić, Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce- Current situation and development possibilities of family accommodation11:30 – 12:00: COFFEE BREAK12:00 – 13:30: EXAMPLES OF GOOD PRACTICEo Damir Hordov, Zadar County Tourist Board- “WELCOME” – Labeling of family accommodation in Zadar Countyo Anamarija Cicarelli, Interligo doo- Lifelong education and professional development of family accommodation ownerso Siniša Miljević, Istrian Development Tourist Agency (IRTA)- Application of ICT in the promotion and sale of family accommodation in Istriao Goran Rihelj, Portal hrturizam.hr- Hosts in family accommodation as ambassadors of Croatian tourismo Neven Palčec, myRent doo- Management of reservations in family accommodation – channel management13:30 – 14:30 – LUNCH BREAK14:30 – 15:30 – ROUND TABLE WITH PARTICIPANT’S QUESTIONS:THE FUTURE OF FAMILY ACCOMMODATION IN CROATIA – OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS(moderator: Goran Rihelj)o Mila Razović, University of Zadaro Nedo Pinezić, Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerceo Blanša Mićin and Šime Knežević, owners of family accommodationo Anamarija Cicarelli, Interligo dooo Siniša Miljević, Director of the Istrian Development Tourist Agency (IRTA) 15:30: END OF THE MEETINGlast_img read more


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first_imgA perfect place to cool off.THIS two-storey home on an elevated block is going under the hammer in Manly.The property at 58 Britannia St has five bedrooms, entertaining deck and in-ground pool.Rob and Melanie Astill bought the home in 2005 and gave it a revamp.“It was a lot more basic when we bought it,” Mr Astill said.“We put in the pool and solar, re-decked part of it, painted and added stairs to the front of the home.”Picturesque, inside and out.Mr Astill said the home was spacious enough for his family of five and was in a great location.“We’re only 200m from the water and we’ve got so much close by,” he said.“We’re on a very good street, one of those old, wide streets, with great neighbours.”On the ground level of the home there is a garage area, three bedrooms with built-in robes,a full-size bathroom with toilet, and a laundry.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The family room is spacious and opens through sliding doors to the entertainment area.Beautiful wooden floors and a neutral decor create a welcoming space to relax.Back inside, internal stairs lead to the second floor where there is a fourth bedroom with built-in robe, another room that could be used as a study or fifth bedroom, and a second bathroom.There is also a lounge room, kitchen and dining room on this level. The big kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, stainless steel appliances andtiled flooring.The dining room opens to the large deck with elevated outlook.A spacious dining area is ideal for family get togethers.Timber floors feature throughout all the living spaces and the home is airconditioned.Outside there is a solar-heated in-ground swimming pool, garden shed and low-maintenance lawn and gardens.Mr Astill said the home gets good bay breezes and is quite high up on Manly hill.The property is being marketed by Tandi Gill and Travis Gill from REMAX Advantage.The floorplan of 58 Britannia St, Manly.last_img read more