Irish firm in SA wind farm venture

first_img19 March 2009 Mainstream is also engaged in development projects in the US, UK, Canada, Chile and Germany. Earlier this month, the company signed a CAD$840-million deal to build wind farms in Canada, and in February it won the right to develop a £1.1-billion offshore wind farm off Scotland. Irish company Mainstream Renewable Power has signed a €850-million (about R11-billion) joint venture deal with South African firm Genesis Eco-Energy to build wind farms to generate “an initial pipeline” of over 500 MW of energy in the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape provinces by 2014. The two projects “are both at advanced development stages and are expected to be fully operational early in 2011,” Mainstream said in a statement on Thursday. Mainstream’s O’Connor said that while there was currently less than 10 MW of wind energy in operation in South Africa, with the country’s “excellent wind resource there’s the potential for many thousands. SAinfo reporter “We are confident that the South African government will shortly implement appropriate policies to kick-start and support the wind energy market,” O’Connor added. “Wind energy is very much an untapped resource in South Africa, and this is a huge opportunity for us,” said Mainstream chief executive Eddie O’Connor.center_img At the same time, the government is placing increasing emphasis on reducing South Africa’s dependence on fossil fuels. Speaking at a renewable energy conference in Pretoria on Thursday, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said the government wanted renewable energy to account for between 6% and 9% of electricity generated in the country by 2013, and between 9% and 15% by 2018. The joint venture company plans to have two projects – a 30 MW wind farm at Jeffrey’s Bay near Port Elizabeth, and a 40 MW project at Colesberg in the Northern Cape – ready for construction early in 2010. Besides contributing to South Africa’s climate change mitigation strategy, the new projects will give a major boost to local economic development, energy security and job creation. A shortage of power generating capacity is constraining South Africa’s economic growth, and state electricity company Eskom is to spend hundreds of billions of rands over the next five years on increasing this capacity. Genesis Eco-Energy’s director of operations, Davin Chown said that Mainstream’s investment was “a vote of confidence in both the Genesis team as well as the emerging renewable energy market in South Africa, which holds significant potential for an investment and development partnership such as ours.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Guardiola feels its not a two horse race

first_imgManchester City’s Premier League title defence will receive further stiff tests according to Pep Guardiola, who believes it is a five horse race.Liverpool failed to extend their lead at the top after back to back slip-ups against the Foxes and the Hammers.And Guardiola whose side travel to Everton on Wednesday feels other teams like Manchester United and Chelsea could mount a late charge for the title race.A victory over the Toffees will move them above leaders Liverpool on goal difference. But the former Bayern boss is particularly wary of the threat posed by Solskjaer’s resurgent United.“I never put out [of the race] all five or six teams and United is making this run of victories every single week. They will be there to fight for the Premier League.“We see the table and see the first two or three and say, ‘they are able to be champions’ and we don’t look further than that. If Chelsea win games in a row they will be a contender too to win the Premier League.“Everybody is there. The gap is not too big. With 39 points to play for, nine or 10 points behind is not too much. Seeing the Premier League now, everybody is ready to take points.”It amounts to the type of title battle the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach expected when he moved to England, stating City’s 100-point season last time around is something of an outlier.Guardiola thinks there’s a five-team title race brewinghttps://t.co/uNjOa0w3Q8 pic.twitter.com/Na6fuu5nu1jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…— AS English (@English_AS) February 5, 2019“I would say it is typical in England, this type of situation. What is not common is what happened last season – a team with 100 points and a lot of distance, 18 games winning,” Guardiola said via FourFourTwo.“Normal is what happens now. Every game is tough. You can win and lose every single game.“Everybody is involved for all the chances to win all the titles, [qualify for] Europe, trying to stay in the Premier League.”Marco Silva received the backing of his midweek opponent with having won three and lost seven of 12 Premier League games since the start of December.“The people do not know how difficult it is to create a team. The people believe I buy three or four players as a new manager and everything fits perfectly immediately,” Guardiola added.“Sometimes it takes time. My advice, if they believe in one project, if they believe in him, they have to move forward with him. No one can ensure the new manager is going to be better.”last_img read more

California border patrol agent pleads guilty to hitting migrant in the face

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter August 27, 2019 Posted: August 27, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Border Patrol agent in California has pleaded guilty to hitting a migrant in the face and has agreed to resign.The San Diego Union-Tribune says Jason McGilvray entered the plea Thursday in San Diego federal court to a misdemeanor charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law.He was sentenced to a year of probation.McGilvray, who worked in Calexico, said in a plea agreement that in February he detained a migrant who had tried to illegally enter the U.S. by jumping a border fence.The agreement says McGilvray struck the migrant in the face after he was in custody.McGilvray agreed to resign his job. He joined the Border Patrol in 2006. AP California border patrol agent pleads guilty to hitting migrant in the face AP, last_img read more