South Korea to build record-setting 2.1GW floating solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) announced in a press release that a 2.1 GW floating solar power plant will be built on a water surface close to the Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat on the coast of the Yellow Sea. The ministry said construction on the project will start in the second half of next year, after all relevant licenses and permits, including environmental impact assessment, will be secured.The Korean government stressed the project will be 14 times larger than the world’s largest floating project, which is a 150 MW plant under construction located in Huainan City, in China’s Panji District. “It will also be 1.6 times more than the combined capacity of the global floating solar facilities for all of last year,” the ministry also stated.The government estimates that approximately 4.6 trillion won ($3.9 billion) of private funds will be invested in the project. It added that around 5 million PV modules will be needed for the plant construction, without providing more technical or financial information.The Saemangeum was dammed by South Korean government in 2010 and it is the world’s longest man-made dyke.The huge floating project is part of the renewed efforts of the South Korean government to increase the share of renewable in the country’s energy mix. The MOTIE is currently working on an Energy Basic Plan, which is targeting to raise this share to up to 35% by 2040. Between 155 GW and 235 GW of solar and wind could be deployed on rooftops, as well as unused or low-quality agricultural land, the MOTIE said in April. Earlier in March, it announced three different programs to prioritize high-efficiency renewables projects that use equipment with a low carbon footprint and adhere to stricter Korean industry standards.Under its current energy strategy, South Korean aims at generating 20% of its power from renewables by 2030. The country is working on installing 30.8 GW of solar PV by that date, with 9% of that capacity to be developed in Saemangeum. It had reached an installed PV capacity of 7.86 GW at the end of 2018, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Last year, a bit more than 2 GW of solar power was deployed in the country.More: South Korean government announces 2.1 GW floating PV project
Haesley Cush reckons real estate is now becoming a first choice career optionFor the last couple of months I have had a Year 12 student from Brisbane Boys College join me on my Saturday rounds as I call auctions around Brisbane.Ken, the young man in question, has an interest in joining the real estate ranks after school and has not missed a Saturday since approaching me for an opportunity back in May.Ken’s dedication and interest in real estate mirrors the changing face of the industry over the past ten years. When I started in real estate in 1996, as a pimple-faced high school graduate, I was the youngest agent by a considerable margin. If there was anyone who was in the industry at that time under 30 they were likely another real estate agent’s kin.The vast majority of agents at that time had joined the real estate ranks after careers in other industries. Real estate was the second calling career. But today real estate has become a genuine first choice career.Young people are now considering real estate as a first career choice.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe industry has also moved away from the local real estate office being decorated with pictures of properties for sale and lined with agents waiting to strap you into the car and drive you around town until you’ve bought something.Today it is an ageless non-discriminatory business. It caters for the young and the old, the local and the international person and the experienced and the brand new. Real estate agency today requires a unique blend of product knowledge, marketing skills, negotiation experience, technology savviness and availability.The expectation on the modern agent is quite extreme, however so are the rewards for those that can make it through the maze. It is an industry that will reward the hardworking and crucifies the lazy.As we were driving between auctions last week Ken asked me what makes the best agent. I replied “No one type of person, anyone can make it. Real estate is an equal opportunity employer. It is a genuine effort-equals-reward business. But it does take a unique blend of skills, a lot of hard work and some patience because it won’t happen overnight”.Like all millennials, I assume Ken thinks he will be a millionaire by the age of 30 and based on his work ethic to date, he will most likely be right. read more
By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 23) – The races for Wednesday, July 23rd at Cottage Grove Speedway have been canceled due to weather. A storm that recently came through soaked the pit area as well as the race track which prevented any action taking place. However, the race has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 24 and will consist of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and hornets.The Wild West Modified Series feature pays $1,000 to win. Front gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 6:45 p.m.
LISBON: Paris Saint-Germain progressed to their first UEFA Champions League final after beating RB Leipzig 3-0 in the semi-final clash at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.The surprise was the presence of striker Kylian Mbappe from the beginning of Tuesday’s match, after the Frenchman’s return from injury, but the evening belonged to Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria, who returned after suspension to score one goal and assist the other two, reports Xinhua news agency. PSG looked to dominate the game from the outset with an early effort from Brazilian striker Neymar cannoning off the post. RB Leipzig tried to challenge, but never offered any real threat to PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico, deputizing for the injured Keylor Navas. The French team scored their first goal in the 13th minute with Di Maria’s free-kick headed home by Brazilian midfielder Marquinhos. PSG made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute after Leipzig were caught in possession in their own half, allowing Neymar to delightfully flick the ball onto an unmarked Di Maria to slot home in the area. At the break, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann made two changes and his side started the second half the brighter of the two sides. But the Germans’ joy was short-lived as in the 56th minute Di Maria again took advantage of some slack Leipzig defending to cross for Juan Bernat to head home PSG’s third goal. Paris Saint-Germain will now face either fellow French side Lyon or German powerhouses Bayern Munich in next Sunday’s final. (IANS) Also Watch: Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad Assam burns CM’s Effigy read more