China considering raising 2020 solar installation goal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:China’s National Energy Administration has floated the idea that it might increase its 2020 solar target to at least 210 gigawatts (GW), and potentially as high as 270 GW, in a move which will significantly impact China’s annual capacity additions and, thus, global capacity additions and solar PV manufacturing.The National Energy Administration (NEA) held an informal gathering last Friday in which it revealed the Chinese Government was considering revising its 13th Five-Year Plan in which it had targeted installing 105 GW worth of solar. Considering that China’s total operating solar PV capacity reached 165 GW at the end of September, the 13th Five-Year Plan’s solar target has been exceeded by at least 50%.According to two sources with knowledge of the meeting, including Asian solar PV analysts at PV InfoLink and Frank Haugwitz, Director of the Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), the NEA suggested that it could raise its 2020 solar PV goal to at least 210 GW, or as much as 250 GW or 270 GW.The final decision will have a tremendous impact not only on China’s solar PV capacity additions for 2019 and 2020, but the world’s solar industry. Specifically, as Frank Haugwitz explained via email, if China reaches 170 GW worth of installed capacity by the end of 2018 and the 13th Five-Year Plan’s solar target is increased to 250 GW or 270 GW, then that would result in potential annual capacity additions of between 40 GW to 50 GW. However, as other analysts have noted, if the NEA’s revision expands the target to only 210 GW, that would open the door for only 20 GW per year.More: China may increase its 2020 solar target to 200 gigawatts or higher China considering raising 2020 solar installation goallast_img read more

IU fires Tom Crean

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University has fired basketball head coach Tom Crean.The announcement came after a poor season after being ranked as high as number three in the nation.Crean joined the program in 2008, after Kelvin Sampson resigned following NCAA recruiting violations.Over the past five years, Crean led IU to a 120-53 record and won the 2013 and 2016 Big Ten titles outright.last_img

Browne hopeful bid could succeed

first_img Chief executive Browne is confident the Irish Rugby Football Union can follow New Zealand’s lead, after the successful 2011 tournament staged there. The IRFU has been working on a 2023 World Cup bid since 2011, and are now waiting on parliamentary backing. The 2023 Rugby World Cup bidding process will commence with the International Rugby Board in 2016. Browne said “decisions will be taken by the IRB in 2017”. Ireland are expected to face strong competition from France, South Africa and Italy, who have all already expressed interest in bidding for the tournament. England will host the 2015 tournament, before Japan entertain the rugby world four years later. Minister Varadkar has already projected an 800 million Euro benefit to Ireland’s economy from hosting the tournament. The IRFU confirmed the GAA have already ratified use of their stadia, such as Croke Park, building confidence Ireland boasts the facilities to pull off such a major world sporting event. Varadkar said hosting the World Cup would be a big morale boost for Ireland. He said: “This would have huge benefits for Ireland’s profile, not least in terms of rugby, but also for tourism, business and the overall economy. “Hosting the Rugby World Cup is probably the biggest international event that a country of our size could achieve.” Irish rugby boss Philip Browne can find “no reason on earth” why Ireland could not host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Ireland’s minister for transport, tourism and sport Leo Varadkar is a strong supporter of the IRFU cause. The World Cup bid was due to be put before the Irish Government on Tuesday, and should shortly be put to the Northern Ireland Executive. IRFU boss Browne said behind-the-scenes talks with both regimes have yielded progress. Browne said: “This sort of bid couldn’t happen without committed support from the governments both north and south. “We’ve had discussions with Leo Varadkar and we’ve had discussions with Arlene Foster in the Northern Ireland Government and in principle I think they’re very supportive. “It obviously needs now to go to cabinet and Leo Varadkar has said he’s bringing it to cabinet on Tuesday, and obviously it would need to go to cabinet in Northern Ireland as well. “Yes it’s a big bid and it’s a big undertaking. “But if it can be done in a country like New Zealand which is a similar size in terms of population, there’s no reason on earth why it can’t be done here.” Press Associationlast_img read more