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

Dodgers notes: Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager are finalists for Gold Glove awards

first_imgHOUSTON — Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager were named finalists for National League Gold Glove awards at their positions Thursday.Puig is a finalist in right field along with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and four-time winner Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs. Seager is a finalist at shortstop along with Freddy Galvis of the Philadelphia Phillies and two-time winner Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants.The winners at each position will be announced Nov. 7 on ESPN. The winners are determined by a combination of defensive metrics and voting by the league’s managers and coaches (who cannot vote for players on their own team).“I’ve worked my whole time with the Dodgers to win a Gold Glove,” Puig said through his interpreter as the Dodgers worked out at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. “Thank God I’m nominated and now it’s up to the people that voted.” Dodgers 2017 World Series, postseason results, recaps, box scores Kapler is reportedly one of two finalists along with Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan. Recently fired Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has reportedly also interviewed with the Phillies and GM Matt Klentak (formerly in the Angels’ front office).Kapler, 42, was hired as farm director by Andrew Friedman when Friedman took over as the Dodgers’ director of baseball operations three years ago. Two years ago, Kapler was also a candidate when Dave Roberts was hired as manager and was considered for a spot on Roberts’ coaching staff.As farm director, Kapler has been at the forefront of several initiatives, including a healthy food program for minor-league players and leadership skills tutoring for top prospects.ALSORoberts said Joc Pederson will start in left field and Austin Barnes at catcher in Game 3 on Friday night against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. Roberts said he had made the final decision on DH yet. Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal are the most likely candidates. … MLB announced Thursday that game times for all remaining World Series games have been adjusted to 5:20 p.m. PT. Houston Astros management, hotel guests get into heated argument after World Series Game 1, police say Related Articles Video: Dodgers fall to Astros in epic Game 2 The Dodgers’ most recent Gold Glove winner was pitcher Zack Greinke in 2015. Justin Turner was one of three finalists at third base a year ago. That award went to Colorado’s Nolan Arenado.The Dodgers haven’t had a shortstop win a Gold Glove award since Cesar Izturis in 2004. The most recent Dodgers outfielders to win Gold Gloves were Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp in 2011.STAFF CHANGESTriple-A pitching coach Matt Herges has left the Dodgers organization after seven seasons to become the bullpen coach on a revamped San Francisco Giants coaching staff.Since 2011, Herges coached at each level of the Dodgers’ minor-league system, moving up to Oklahoma City the past two seasons. As a player, he spent 11 seasons in the major leagues, including three each with the Dodgers and Giants.Meanwhile, Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler is a finalist for the Philadelphia Phillies’ managerial vacancy. George Springer ends slump emphatically, as Astros’ late power leads to key victory Whicker: With a game in their pocket, Dodgers’ bullpen explodes Whicker: Astros’ Alex Bregman gets his brashness honestly Dodgers’ Dave Roberts a ‘pillar’ as baseball tries to rebuild African Americans’ interest Miller: Dodgers and Astros go back and forth to give us a series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more