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

Governor Wolf Tours Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences on “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops

first_imgGovernor Wolf Tours Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences on “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops January 04, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf made two “Jobs that Pay” tour stops. Both the Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences are Governor’s Action Team (GAT) projects. The Governor’s Action Team is a group of experienced economic development professionals that serve as a single point of contact for companies looking to establish new business operations in Pennsylvania or companies considering retention and/or expansion of existing Pennsylvania operations.In April, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Universal Pasteurization Company, LLC, (“Universal Pasteurization” and “UPC”), a provider of high pressure processing (HPP) and cold storage services to domestic food manufacturers, would establish a facility in East Whiteland Township, Chester County — a move that will create more than 50 new jobs.“The creation of over 50 new jobs for this area represents progress in the type of pro-business and pro-manufacturing climate we are working to create and continue in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It showcases what happens when government works with the private sector to support robust business growth.”Universal Pasteurization entered into a lease of a 170,000-square-foot facility located at 8 Lee Boulevard, which Governor Wolf toured today. The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including $102,000 in job creation tax credits and a $22,950 WEDnetPA grant to train its workforce.PRA Health Sciences, a leading global contract research organization (CRO), strives to move drug discovery forward, helping to develop life-saving and life-improving drugs. PRA has more than 11,000 employees working in more than 80 countries providing comprehensive clinical development services across all phases.PRA Health Sciences is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania. Employees recently relocated from Horsham and Fort Washington facilities to PRA’s new modern Class A+ office space in Blue Bell, now the company’s largest office worldwide.  PRA currently has more than 1,000 employees in Pennsylvania and is looking to add additional staff. To date, PRA has invested nearly $4 million dollars in the Blue Bell expansion project.“I’m excited to celebrate this growth of new jobs and growth of Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Governor Wolf. “The life science industry is a major driver of economic growth for the commonwealth and we’re all witnesses to this today with PRA’s expansion project.”The project is expected to create at least 250 new full-time jobs by the end of 2016, and will retain 1,150 existing employees. The facility includes state-of-the-art shared tenant conference space, staff workplace benefits, and a fitness center. With 148,000 square feet the building can accommodate approximately 860 PRA employees.The company received a $750,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $750,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and a $112,500 WEDnetPA grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more