UK to add 1.3 GW utility-scale solar in Q1 2015, says IHS

first_imgUK to add 1.3 GW utility-scale solar in Q1 2015, says IHSThe analysts expect the few months before the Renewable Obligation Certificates scheme ends will drive a bumper quarter for solar installations in the U.K. November 5, 2014 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The first three months of next year will see record-breaking levels of utility-scale solar PV installations in the U.K. as developers rush to complete projects before April 1, 2015, according to IHS. From that date, ground-mount solar PV systems larger than 5 MW will no longer be eligible to receive subsidy under the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) scheme, prompting a rush that will see as much as 1.3 GW of utility-scale solar added. Taking Q4 of this year and Q1 of 2015 combined, almost 1.8 GW of large-scale solar PV capacity will be added in the U.K. over these six months – a massive increase on an already-bumper year for U.K. solar. Although IHS has revised its forecast for 2014 down from 3.2 GW to 2.8 GW, that figure still represents the largest in Europe. However, this pre-ROC withdrawal rush is creating a bottleneck that will leave around one-in-five proposed solar developments disappointed. According to IHS, some 20% of the 6.2 GW of solar projects in the pipeline will not be permitted to proceed, largely because a number of local authorities in the U.K. have begun to refuse permit applications due to the current surge. After April 1 next year, large-scale solar PV installations will instead have to compete with onshore wind projects for a pot of the subsidy money allocated in the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which critics argue is tilted in favor of alternative energy sources. Because of these predicted difficulties in obtaining subsidy for large-scale solar installations, IHS expects many developers to shift focus instead to sub-5 MW ground-mount projects – which will still be eligible for the ROCs – and commercial rooftop developments. Companies such as Lightsource Renewable Energy have already begun making large strides in the commercial rooftop sector, and the potential to offer new financing models to customers and building owners suggests that the U.K. solar industry can evolve satisfactorily along these lines. Whether U.K. solar will still lead Europe at the end of 2015 remains to be seen. 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Johnson County Library prepping to ‘let loose’ with revamped concept for annual fundraiser this weekend

first_imgThe “Library Lets Loose” event returns to the central resource branch Saturday. Photo courtesy Johnson County Library Foundation.For 20 years, the Johnson County Library Foundation’s signature fundraising event was a formal sit-down dinner held at Johnson County Community College. It was a great setting to honor community leaders with the foundation’s annual Pinnacle Awards. But, being held off site, it didn’t always feel like a showcase for the work the foundation goes to support.Register to continuelast_img

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Bar’s Web site tops 100 million vists

first_imgBar’s Web site tops 100 million vists January 15, 2009 Regular News Bar’s Web site tops 100 million vistscenter_img With the annual number of visits to The Florida Bar’s Web site surpassing 100 million and still growing, the Communications Committee is looking for ways to improve the site and its accessibility for members and the public. Committee Chair Ray Abadin told the board that one factor in the increasing use is the rising technological savvy of Bar members, two-thirds of whom are 50 or younger.He noted that hits on the Web site were almost 37 million in 2003-04. They had risen to 106.1 million in 2006-07 and to 118.7 million for 2007-08.The most popular part of the site is the Find A Lawyer page, followed by the site’s home page, and then the Bar Journal. Next is the section in which Bar members report their CLE hours, followed by the Bar News , and the Bar’s master calendar. Bar membership surveys have shown an increasing use of technology by Bar members, Abadin said, and the Young Lawyers Division uses its Web site to communicate with members, which has resulted in a spike of visits to the site.The committee hopes to emulate that in its efforts, he said, which could include continuing efforts to phase out the printed Journal directory, since all the information in the publication is available online, where it can be more regularly updated.He invited board members to review the Web site and make suggestions for improvement, adding, “We’re going to be making significant changes to the electronic media and the data presentation to our members.”last_img read more

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Scana to deliver offloading system for Libra FPSO

first_imgScana Industrier ASA has been awarded, through its subsidiary Scana Offshore Vestby, a contract to deliver an Offloading System to Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd in Singapore for the Libra EWT FPSO.The Libra EWT FPSO is a conversion of a Teekay shuttletanker and will be used on the Libra field in Brazil.Jurong Shipyard secured a $696 million contract to convert a shuttle tanker into an FPSO for Libra in October 2014.According to Scana’s press release, this is the first delivery for Scana Offshore Vestby to Jurong Shipyard.The project will start immediately and delivery will be in the first quarter of 2016.[mappress mapid=”1999″]last_img

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Super exam gets go ahead – in 2020

first_imgA single centrally set examination will form the gateway to the solicitors’ profession under plans announced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority this morning. A solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) will come in to use from September 2020 – a date pushed back two years after the profession reacted sceptically to the initial plans.  Julie BrannanThe super exam has been the subject of two consultations, which attracted some 500 responses. At a press briefing in London this morning, the regulator admitted that there had been ‘resistance’ from ‘some organisations, including training providers’. Following criticism from the Law Society and others, the scheme has been modified to require a degree or equivalent qualification as well as two years of work experience. The SRA said the exam ‘will make sure all solicitors meet consistent, high standards for entry to the profession’.However it revealed that 60% of respondents to the second consultation either ‘strongly disagreed’ or ‘disagreed’ that the proposals would be an effective measure of competence.The SRA said that more needs to be done in order to get the proposals right. With this in mind, it has delayed the proposed start date from 2018/19 to 2020.Under the scheme, candidates will take a two-part exam as well as undertaking work experience. To qualify as a solicitor, candidates will need to:have passed SQE stages 1 and 2 to demonstrate they have the right knowledge and skillshave been awarded a degree or an equivalent qualification, or have gained equivalent experiencehave completed at least two years of qualifying legal work experiencebe of satisfactory character and suitability.Even candidates who have a law degree will still need to pass stage 1.A remaining major concern is the cost of the process. Julie Brannan (pictured), director of education and training at the SRA, said the removal of a requirement to take a ‘gamble’ on the LPC – which can cost up to £15,000 – would mean the new assessment is likely to be cheaper. ‘By removing the need to take the LPC and spend up to £15,000 we are confident that the new assessment will equate to a net saving for candidates,’ Brannan said.A summary of consultation responses published today shows that just 20% of respondents said that they agreed with the SRA’s contention that its proposals would be an effective measure of competence.Paul Philip, SRA chief executive, said: ‘Views on the SQE are wide ranging. The depth of feedback has been invaluable in helping us shape our proposals. We want that to continue. By working closely with everyone we will create a modern, world-class assessment.’ The Law Society said the SRA has come far from its initial proposition and has shown a willingness to listen. ‘The inclusion within the revised proposals of a degree-level qualification and two years’ work-based training in all routes to entry is something the Law Society called for,’ the Society said.It added: ‘That said, there is still more work to be done before the SQE can be considered “right”.’ Noting that the assessment provider for the SQE is yet to be appointed and the assessments are yet to be developed, it said: ‘Just how the SRA will manage these concerns is yet to be seen.’last_img read more

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‘Toast to Education’ supports Farmington Schools foundation

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation hosts its annual Toast to Education November 1, a fundraiser that has raised more than $347,000 to support 307 innovative projects throughout Farmington Public  Schools.Tickets are available online for the event, which offers food from local restaurants, along with wine and craft beer. Entertainment is provided by a 20-piece band; guests can participate in raffles and take their chances with the “wheel of wine”.Among the recent projects funded through Toast to Education:STEAM Studios Production Studio, through which Farmington STEAM Academy students learn to shoot and edit digital media to create videos, infomercials, documentaries and training videosTransportation for FPS high school girls to the day long Digital Diva Conference at Eastern Michigan UniversityLet’s Shop, a program that allows special education students to use their communication, reading, and math skills in multiple real life shopping experiencesA space science assembly program at Lanigan Elementary School that used laser animation to explore outer space“Our board is proud to report that every school in the district has benefited from this work,” Executive Director Nancy Jennings wrote in an announcement for the event.To purchase tickets for Toast to Education, visit events.ticketprinting.com/event/Toast-31469Applications are open through November 18 for the Foundation’s current grant cycle, and awards will be announced in February of 2020. For more information about the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation, visit ffhedfoundation.org. Reported bylast_img read more

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World Rugby appoints Strive Sponsorship to evaluate esports opportunities

first_imgWorld Rugby has appointed Strive Sponsorship to help evaluate future opportunities within the video gaming and esports industry.Currently, the presence of Rugby in gaming and esports is practically non-existence except for a few console games. The deal will enable World Rugby to tap into a market that the likes of football, Formula 1 and basketball have all seen success with tournaments such as the FIFA Global series, Formula One Esports Series and the NBA 2K League.World Rugby appoints Strive Sponsorship to help make moves in esports Image via World RugbyTom Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at World Rugby said of the deal: “We’re keen to better educate ourselves in the world of gaming and esports prior to making an assessment of what opportunities may exist in helping us achieve our objectives. “Strive’s intrinsic understanding and strong track record in sport, esports and gaming – and their intersection gives us the confidence that we’re getting the best advice to make key strategic decisions.”Strive was recently announced to be working alongside the England and Wales Cricket Board to help evaluate the potential of esports in the world of cricket. The deal was sort by ECB to help understand the space better and source help from a company with a blend of gaming and esports knowledge.Malph Minns, Managing Director of Strive Sponsorship, added, “Gaming and esports is a multifaceted and ever-evolving landscape, evidenced by the fact we have has seen 14 different operating models adopted by sports organisations in esports to date. We’re thrilled to be working with World Rugby to help educate them on the space and explore potential opportunities that play specifically to their objectives, key target audiences and territories.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see another traditional sport committing to exploring the world of esports. This year alone we have seen the ePremier Leauge, and Formula 1 Esports step up its game with more tournaments and bigger prize pools. With Rugby being a huge sport around the world there is no doubt it can emulate the same success in the future. Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

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