Google signs its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Asia

first_imgGoogle signs its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Asia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tech Crunch:Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across North and South America, as well as Europe.The agreement is a collaboration between Google, several Taiwanese energy companies, and the country’s government, which recently revised Taiwan’s Electricity Act to enable non-utility companies to purchase renewable energy directly. The revisions are part of Taiwan’s new energy policy, aimed at phasing out nuclear energy by 2025 and increasing the share of electricity generated from renewable sources to 20 percent.Google is the first corporate power buyers to take advantage of the revised law. Its development partners are Diode Ventures, Taiyen Green Energy, J&V Energy, and New Green Power.The solar array will be connected to the same regional power grid at Google’s Chuanghua County data center, one of two in Asia (the other is in Singapore). The poles supporting the solar panels will be mounted into commercial fishing ponds, an arrangement that Marsden Hanna, Google’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure, said in a blog post will maximize land-use efficiency and respect the local ecology because “fish and solar panels can coexist peacefully.” Fishing pond owners will also be compensated for hosting the panels.The agreement means Google will get a long-term, fixed electricity price for its operations in Taiwan.More: Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asialast_img read more

2015 Sumner County Wheat Harvest is about to start… and the prognosis is iffy

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down The Royals · 270 weeks ago “But the good news is, football season is just two months away.” What about us? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Zeka Farms Inc. get stated with the 2015 Wheat Harvest.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Looking as mediocre as a bad football team, the 2015 Wheat Harvest is about to begin in Sumner County. As of Wednesday afternoon, Wellington Co-op has taken in a few truckloads and the test weight for wheat is ranging from 52 to 54 pounds a bushel. Normal test weight is 60 pounds per bushel. In Caldwell, the Co-op elevator has taken in one truckload yesterday and four truckloads from a farmer east of Caldwell, and the test weight is a little better, coming in at 58. Harvest could start in earnest on Friday depending, of course, on the weather. The Weather Channel is projecting a 90 percent chance of precipitation on Friday with 50 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.  Zeka Farms, Inc. is one of the few farming operations, who have pulled out a combine and has test cut today. The Zeka knocked out a wheat parcel on 50th St. just east of U.S. 81 north of the Wellington Industrial Park. The outcome? Not very good. Marty Zeka estimated the field averaged about 20 bushels an acre and the test weight was around 52. He expects that wheat will get better as the harvest progresses. This field was drenched with moisture for most of May. Curt Guinn, manager of the Wellington Co-op, said the few samples the elevator has brought in has been from mostly drowned out wheat that has been setting in water for sometime and is considered pretty much DOA. He said nobody is getting real excited about the harvest ahead. “I think you will find some fields average in the 30 to 40 bushels an acre average,” Guinn said. “But it is going to be a comparable harvest to last year.” And that’s not good news. Last year’s crop was around 1.5 million bushels at the Co-op Association accounting for one of the worst crops in 25 years.Guinn said the conventional wisdom amongst his staff that about 2 million bushels will be taken in at the five elevators under the Wellington Co-op umbrella at Mayfield, Rome, South Haven, Oxford and Wellington. Two years ago, when Sumner County had a bumper crop it was about 4 million. “I’m thinking this year will be better (than 2014), but not by much,” Guinn said. And Sumner County farmers aren’t getting any help elsewhere. The crops are looking better in northern Kansas and Nebraska. Also, custom cutters will be few and far between. Cutting hasn’t gone well in Oklahoma or Texas either and some have chosen to either stay home or head north. As far as the price of wheat is concerned. It is hovering at $5.27, nothing to shout out, either. But the good news is, football season is just two months away. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more