More companies turn to solar energy to reduce rising electricity costs

first_imgDemand for rooftop solar panels has increased sharply in recent years as more companies and households turn to solar energy to meet their electricity needs, an executive of a rooftop solar panel leasing and service company has said.The managing director of rooftop solar panel leasing company PT Xurya Daya Indonesia (Xurya), Eka Himawan, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the number of companies that used solar energy had increased sharply because solar energy helped reduce electricity costs by up to 20 percent.“Demand for solar panels has increased significantly and we’re at a phase where it’s getting hard for supply to keep up with demand,” Eka said.  The total electricity produced from rooftop solar panels increased to around 4.92 megawatt as of December 2019.Meanwhile, the ministry’s renewable energy technical subdirectorate head, Martha Sibarani, said the government hoped the industrial sector could help boost the country’s renewable energy share toward the national energy mix.“Most solar panels have been installed on houses. If industries and businesses also use solar panels, then we’re sure that the share of renewable energy would spike,” she said.The increased use of the solar energy is expected to support the government’s efforts to achieve  23 percent renewable power production energy mix by 2025 as mandated by the General National Energy Planning road map. The country closed 2019 with a 12.36 percent renewable mix, far less than the 17.5 percent annual target on the road map.(mpr) Xurya, which was established in 2018, offers leasing and installment services for rooftop solar panels. The company has provided leasing and installation services to 20 companies engaged in the retail and manufacturing industries.Despite the rising growth rate, distrust over solar panel’s safety among manufacturing companies poses as a challenge for Xurya, he said.“Many companies think that electrical currents from solar panels could disrupt their electrical equipment It’s totally untrue,” he said.Users of solar panels in Indonesia increased from 351 users in January 2018 to 1,580 users in December 2019, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s data shows.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal target Wolves centre-back Willy Boly

first_imgAdvertisement Boly scored the winner in Wolves’ win over Besiktas last week (Getty Images)Boly was signed in a £10 million deal from Porto in 2017 and played a key role in helping Wolves get promoted to the Premier League last year.Boly will have one year left on his contract with Wolves at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Calum Chambers has praised David Luiz for the impact he has made at the club after the Brazilian scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday.‘David has been brilliant,’ said Chambersn. ‘He has come in and no-one in the club has a bad word to say about him.‘He is one of the nicest guys I have met, he talks to you, gives you advice and makes everyone feel like he is giving you his undivided attention.‘Obviously he was won things and I haven’t won as many things as he has so there are things I can learn from him, it is always good to have experience like that in the team.‘Off the pitch, he is a great guy and on the pitch he brings his qualities and is playing well at the moment.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal target Wolves centre-back Willy Boly Comment Advertisement Willy Boly is on Arsenal’s radar (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Wolves centre-back Willy Boly, according to reports.The Gunners streghtened their options in central defence this summer as they signed David Luiz from Chelsea.But Unai Emery is keen to bolster his defence even further in the January transfer window.According to The Sun, Boly is on Arsenal’s shortlist but Wolves will strive to keep the 28-year-old at Molineaux.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Oct 2019 3:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Shareslast_img read more

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Trinity adds new senior non-executive director

first_imgIndependent E&P company Trinity Exploration & Production has appointed a new senior independent non-executive director.Trinity said on Wednesday that Nicholas Clayton was named the new senior independent non-executive director with immediate effect.Clayton was also appointed as the chair of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.He previously provided strategic and corporate finance advice to, and has been a non-executive director of, a number of public and private oil and gas companies since 2007.Before that, Clayton held a series of senior oil and gas corporate finance roles, including global co-head of oil and gas corporate finance for Canaccord Adams and global head of oil and gas corporate finance for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.He started his career with BP, before moving into financial services where he specialized in the oil and gas sector.Clayton brings 37 years of experience in the oil and gas sector to the board as a director and as an adviser. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Alpha Petroleum Resources.Within the last five years, he previously held directorships or partnerships in Yellowstone Environmental Services, Sterling Energy, and Circle Oil.Bruce Dingwall, executive chairman of Trinity, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nick to our board. The breadth and depth of his sector specific advisory experience will provide the board with additional perspective and combined with our existing board members, strengthens the industry, M&A, and capital markets experience as we continue to grow and develop Trinity’s asset portfolio.”In recent company news, Trinity submitted the first phase of its field development plan for the TGAL Area, located on the Galeota Block, offshore Trinidad, to the country’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.The FDP, submitted earlier this month, is the first phase of a potential wider step-out development moving across the Galeota anticline to fully develop the reserves potential from the large volumes of oil in place which stand at around 700 mmbbls.last_img read more

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Urban Renewal

first_imgWhen most people think of urban renewal, their thoughts go to upgrading buildings, streets, and the like.  Mike Larson, the defensive coordinator for the Wendall Phillips Academy football team in Chicago, has his own version of urban renewal.  When school ended last spring, he told Jamal Brown that his summer assignment was to stay alive.Most of you have heard of all the shootings that have occurred in the lower-income areas of Chicago this past year.  Jamal Brown lives in one of these neighborhoods.  In fact, Coach Larson wanted Brown to stay with him, but he was remodeling this summer so he could not take Brown into his home.  This is what has happened in Brown’s family since he was a small child.  (1) his father died of a heart attack; (2) his mother was a drug addict and finally wound up in jail; (3) he went to live with his grandmother and while there she was shot and killed by his grandfather; (4) he was raised by an aunt who finally took Jamal to Chicago from Detroit.  Now you know why he was told to just try to stay alive.The Academy did not win this year’s state title, but they did finish runner-up.  All of their senior football players will graduate in June.  This includes Jamal.  Just a few short years ago, Phillips Academy was on the “fail” list as a school, but now they have the top state ranking in Illinois.  The football coaches do not take credit for all of this improvement, but they certainly had been a dominating factor in keeping these kids along with their friends in school.last_img read more

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Indiana AG urges caution when seeking storm damage repairs

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is advising residents to approach storm damage repairs with caution. Be vigilant when selecting workers or companies to restore damage caused by recent storms.Hill has launched “Double check before you write a check” – a consumer protection campaign aimed at safeguarding Hoosiers from fraudulent business practices in the wake of severe weather that leaves homes, vehicles or other property damaged.Hill says residents should thoroughly scrutinize businesses or individuals that offer services door-to-door. Property owners should check backgrounds and always remember the best decision is an informed decision.Consider following these tips: Avoid agreeing to any repair or restoration work on the spot during initial contact with anyone offering services. Do not immediately sign contracts or agreements of any kind without first gathering information and researching businesses. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites that can be easily navigated and verified. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed after a severe weather event. They may do so by visiting here or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

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Alvarez readies for final Camp Randall experience

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoHead football coach Barry Alvarez has a post–game policy for his team: win or lose, the players have 24 hours to forget the previous contest. There is no time to dwell on what has happened and what can no longer be controlled. Alvarez holds himself accountable to the same rule, and last Saturday’s loss at Penn State was no exception.“When I talked to [the media] after the game it was beyond me,” Alvarez said. “I put that game behind me as soon as I talked to the kids. We were beaten by a better football team. I felt our guys competed, but Penn State was a better football team than we were. I just sat back and looked at all we have to play for in this game, all the things that are on the line in this game coming back home. I put that game behind me.”Despite being all but eliminated from the Big Ten Championship race, the Badgers (8–2, 5–2) have a multitude of reasons to look toward the weekend’s match up with Iowa (5–4, 3–3). In addition to being the seniors’ last home game, Saturday will be the last time Alvarez will make the trip through the tunnel under sections L and M and onto the field at historic Camp Randall Stadium.“I really haven’t thought of it much,” Alvarez said regarding his final head coaching appearance at home. “My weekly schedule is pretty much routine. As it gets closer to Saturday, it’ll probably hit me.”The final two conference games Alvarez has and will coach, seem to be an appropriate end to a tremendously successful career.“My last two games as a coach here, I play in my home state, and then play the school that gave me the opportunity,” said Alvarez, referring to his childhood days in Langeloth, Pa., and his first Division I coaching job as an assistant under Hayden Fry at Iowa.“I was very fond of the eight years I coached at the University of Iowa. I was fortunate enough to be around some unbelievable coaches. It’s been well written about the staff we had and how successful they’ve been,” Alvarez added.After his time at Iowa, Alvarez was hired as an assistant under Lou Holtz at Notre Dame. In 1990, Alvarez was named head coach at University of Wisconsin and given the responsibility of resurrecting a football program that had compiled a 9–36 record over the past 4 years.“My first year, we just wanted to get a different color practice jersey, and they turned me down because we didn’t have enough money,” Alvarez recalled. “We’ve changed everything, from how the offices ran, to people in the stadium and interest in the program, to the type of players that we have, to facilities.”Alvarez has been undeniably successful in his 16 years as head football coach at Wisconsin. He has led the Badgers to 10 bowl games in the last 12 years. This comes after the school made only six postseason appearances in the program’s previous 103 years. Additionally, Alvarez is largely responsible for today’s overwhelming popularity of Wisconsin football. As evidence of what a staple Wisconsin football has become, at least 70,000 people have packed Camp Randall for 80 straight Badger home games.Despite all of his achievements at Wisconsin, including the unexpected success of this year’s team, he hasn’t questioned his decision to pass the torch to defensive coordinator Bret Bielema.“I try to think things out well enough before I make a decision,” Alvarez responded when asked whether he has questioned his decision to step down. “I’ve never looked back and thought ‘I shouldn’t have done this.’ I really feel comfortable and I’m very at peace with my decision. I’m just really pleased that we had this type of year.”last_img read more

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Bielema announces 1st recruiting class

first_imgThe first of February 2006: A day that will go down in history for UW athletics.A new era began for the University of Wisconsin football program Wednesday, as Bret Bielema officially became the successor of Barry Alvarez, nominally taking hold of the post he has run since Wisconsin’s 24-10 victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl. He celebrated the occasion by unveiling his first recruiting class as head coach of the Badgers, a class he praised for its loyalty to the program, sticking with Wisconsin despite the multitude of coaching staff changes.”Obviously this has been a unique recruiting process,” Bielema said. “Everybody wants fast guys, everybody wants strong guys, guys who can make plays, all the little things that can make a difference on the football field. But the part that gets left out of the equation is what goes on [in their heart] … I think these guys, because of the way this recruiting season has gone, have shown great perseverance.”Bielema also stated that he expects to have his coaching staff completed in the upcoming weeks.The Wisconsin class was not ranked particularly high nationally. According to Rivals.com, the UW class was 43rd in the country, slightly ahead of Purdue (50th) and behind Michigan State (33rd). ESPN.com ranked the Badger recruiting class even lower, as 67th best in the country, one spot ahead of Northwestern, with only Minnesota (70th) and Indiana (81st) finishing below them. Ohio State was the top ranked Big Ten school in both recruiting services.Bielema was not at all worried about the perceived strength of the class, however, making the point that the accuracy of such rankings has proven to be sketchy at best in the past.”I do believe that the University of Wisconsin is a development program,” Bielema said. “Our guys are going to play their best football in year three and four. Obviously, we hope they’re good in year one and two as well.”Bielema was adamant in his belief that working shorthanded, while much of the UW coaching staff was in flux, did not play a negative role in the recruiting class”I don’t feel it has any [impact],” Bielema said, praising the efforts of assistants Paul Chryst (offensive coordinator) and Henry Mason (receivers coach) who were held over from the Alvarez staff.”There was never a time where I wasn’t able to get anywhere or see anybody because of lack of man power,” he said.Bielema stated that when he first began looking at recruits, he identified several positions that needed to be recruited heavily.”I felt there were three areas that I really needed to be strong in with this recruiting class,” Bielema stated. “There was an immediate need at wide receiver, [defensive backs] and offensive linemen.”To that end, the Badgers were successful in filling their roster in areas of need, as they signed four players at each of the positions plus several other athletes that could move into any one of those roles. The team also signed a pair of tight ends to try and reload that position.Although Bielema wouldn’t speculate as to how many recruits from this crop could see playing time in the upcoming season, there are several safe bets as players who could play a significant role in the 2006 campaign.At least three players on the roster are expected to possibly be four-year starters for the team. Running back Lance Smith (5-foot-10, 197 lbs, Warren, Ohio) and wide receiver Lance Kendricks (Milwaukee, Rufus King High) are considered to be the class of the staff, both bringing loads of potential to Madison.Smith was rated among the top 20 running backs in the nation by Rivals.com, compiling over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior year. He is already considered to be a prime candidate to fill the starting running back position vacated by Brian Calhoun, who declared early for the NFL Draft as a junior.”Running back was also a priority,” Bielema said. “After we got Lance committed, I really didn’t feel a strong need to go anywhere else, even with the announcement of Brian [Calhoun], because we signed three running backs a year ago.”Bielema’s confidence in the Badgers’ running back position speaks volumes of the respect he has for Smith’s ability.”He has the ability to move a lot of different directions in a short amount of space,” Bielema said. “He’s got good hands, good size, good speed. [He’s] someone that, along with the group of running backs that we have, can compete for the start.”Kendricks was one of the in-state recruits to sign with UW. He was rated as the second best prospect in Wisconsin and among the top 30 wide receivers in the country by Rivals.com. “[Kendricks is a] guy that had many different opportunities throughout the country. He’s a big athlete that can run,” Bielema said. “We’re going to start him at the wide receiver position. We think he can come in and add a presence there early on.””He is a taller guy that doesn’t have taller guy problems,” Mason said.One of the feats the first year head coach was proud of was the fact that they managed to recruit Wisconsin exceptionally well.”I do know this: Anybody that we offered [a scholarship to] in the state of Wisconsin is in this program now,” Bielema said.As well as UW did in Wisconsin they also raked in bodies from across the state line in Minnesota.Three players were recruited from the North Star State, and another recruit — Brad Thorson of Mequon, Wis. — had committed to play for the Golden Gophers, not to mention Bielema’s theft of the Minnesota’s defensive backs coach, Kerry Cooks.”[It will] probably spice [the Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry] up a little bit,” a grinning Bielema said of the Minnesota recruiting coup.last_img read more

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Hill, Donovan step to front

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Needing something — anything — to avoid becoming the next highly-ranked team to fall in the early weeks of 2007, Wisconsin’s leaders showed their true colors.Running back P.J. Hill shouldered the load all game long when the offense wasn’t at its best, and quarterback Tyler Donovan put his body in harm’s way to give the Badgers the win.Hill wanted the ball in his hand on every down, despite game-time temperatures in the upper 90s.”That’s the kind of player P.J. is. He wants the ball in his hands,” Donovan said. “He’s a playmaker, gamebreaker — a guy that you love to have on your team.”Although tired, hot and facing a defense with seemingly relentless energy, Hill plowed his way for his biggest three yards of the game on fourth-and-one from UNLV’s 39-yard line.”I got on the headphones with coach (Paul) Chryst and just said, ‘give me the ball, give me the ball,’ because I knew we were in a tight jam, and sometimes the weight is on my back, so I just took it upon myself to tell him, ‘just give it to me,'” Hill said.Hill finished with 147 yards on 30 carries, but it was fifth-year senior Donovan who carried Wisconsin to victory, hurdling over the diving reach of Rebel linebacker Starr Fuimaono behind the line and, with a terrific seal block from wide receiver Luke Swan, diving into the far corner of the end zone, just inside the markers. The touchdown capped a 10-play, 61-yard drive that spanned 5:40.”I was going to do everything in my power to make him miss and go down and get a score,” Donovan said.Donovan, who has had trouble maintaining his balance in the open field, slipping and sliding for whatever reason, looked seamless on his 29-yard game-winning scamper.During the run, Donovan could only think about one thing: going all out.”You have to thrive in those situations,” Donovan said. “At the quarterback position, you have to step up and be a leader and show the guys the way.”I thought that this was a really good test for our team.”Not only did Donovan exhibit the traits of a leader — toughness, willingness to do whatever it takes — on that game-winning drive, he radiated that persona on nearly every down.When his receivers got locked up downfield Donovan was forced to keep it himself on a number of occasions. Instead of giving himself up to the defense, like many quarterbacks do to save themselves by sliding, Donovan would fight for the first down. Sometimes brutal hits resulted.Coolly, Donovan would walk them off and live to play another down.”That’s the type of player I am — step ups, make plays,” Donovan said. “Every yard counts, so that’s P.J. getting that extra yard [on fourth down] and that’s me getting that yard.”While the receivers struggled to catch some passes and Donovan himself wasn’t at his best, he and Hill found a way to rally the team around them and come through with a victory.”There will be several teams in the country this year that will be put in the same situation on the road, hostile environment because you made it that way, didn’t play well in the first half and got ourselves into a dogfight,” Bielema said. “But the way they handled themselves in the third and fourth quarter, it was a collective team effort to get a win.”Of his leaders Donovan and Hill, Bielema thinks his team has two good model citizens when it comes to football.”I think that they refuse to lose,” he said. “Late in the third quarter, things began to unfold defensively especially. They just find a spirit, something inside of them to take over a game and win it.”last_img read more

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first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoSophomore goaltender Scott Gudmandson’s 34-save shutout and Wisconsin men’s hockey team sweep of Michigan Tech Saturday night raised questions about goalie rotation at head coach Mike Eaves’ press conference Monday.Senior Shane Connelly entered the season as the Badgers’ top goalie, but Gudmandson has already seen action in three of UW’s 10 games this year.“There’s always that possibility,” Eaves said of a rotation between Connelly and Gudmandson. “It’s a funny thing with goaltenders. In our sport, even more so than baseball, where it’s kind of like that it’s an individual sport within a team sport. Although pitchers can’t go back-to-back nights, goaltenders can. The basic philosophy is to let the young man play, see how he plays, and then go from there.”The decision to give Gudmandson the start Saturday was a result of a great week of practice by the sophomore. However, this kind of practice is something that has to continue, according to Eaves.“I think for [Gudmandson], he’s got to really practice again like he did last week,” Eaves said. “That was the reason that he got the start, and it was one of those opportunities that we felt during the season that we could give him a start, because he needs to get some of those before Shane graduates.”Eaves also recalled the first few seasons of the senior Connelly, who was once in the position that Gudmandson currently finds himself in.“We talked about it the end of last year that he (Connelly) knew it was going to be this way,” Eaves said. “It’s very similar to his year when he was in this boat, and we had the same talk with Brian [Elliott] and he that we’ve had with [Scott] and Shane. So he knew coming in what it was going to be like. He’s actually lived through it, so he knows exactly what it feels like.”On the road againBeing on the road six out of their first eight games wasn’t easy for the Badgers, according to Eaves, whose team will once again hit the road to face off against Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.“It felt like we were riding uphill into the wind,” Eaves said of the early road stretch. “With saying that, as we go into these next eight games, it’s a very important time for us. We’ve got things going the way we want. We need to continue to improve and do some solid things over the next eight games.”Facing ranked opponents in Boston College, New Hampshire, Denver, Minnesota and North Dakota in the first eight games of the season was a tough way to open the season for Wisconsin. However, Eaves believes that valuable lessons are to be extracted from the team’s struggles in those opening games.“The thing about that stretch, we were in games that if we look back right now. … We had leads in the third period,” Eaves said. “But regardless of that, we seem to be out of those times with some real great lessons. We’re applying them right now. It’s helped us win these three games. And we just need to keep that measurement moving forward and to continue the growth by our people.”The tough schedule wasn’t the only challenge facing Eaves’ squad, however, as they had a hard time limiting their opponents’ shots on net.“A lot of our early season struggles were the fact that in our own zone, we struggled,” Eaves said. “If you take a look at our goals against up until the last three games, that was one of the weaknesses.”last_img read more

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Irish boxer in World Championship final this morning

first_imgKellie Harrington will become just the fifth Irish boxer to contest a senior world championship final this morning when she returns to the ring at the Women’s World Championships in Kazakhstan.The Dubliner will face the Asian Light Welterweight champion Wenlu Yang of China for the gold medal.The boxing in Astana starts at 10am, Irish time.last_img

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