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 goal
Brace yourselves because two new roller coasters said to be the best ones yet are coming to two major Florida theme parks in 2020.Busch Gardens in Tampa announced the new ‘Iron Gwazi’ roller coaster Thursday, which the park says will be the tallest, fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster in the world.The 206-feet tall Iron Gwazi will feature a 91-degree drop and reach speeds up to 76 miles per hour, along with three inversions on over 4,000 feet of track.The Iron Gwazi is a new version of the park’s original wooden roller coaster which closed in 2015.Busch Gardens’ water park, Adventure Island, is also adding its own attraction called Solar Vortex.The ride is a dual-tailspin water slide that “combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features.”But wait there’s more!SeaWorld in Orlando will soon be opening its latest ride called ‘Ice Breaker.’The ride features four launches with a reverse launch into the “steepest vertical drop in Florida” at a 100-degree angle.The Ice Breaker is set to open in Spring 2020.It is unclear at this time when the ‘Iron Gwazi’ is set to open.
BILL NEAL• I don’t know about you, but I’m drinking the kool-aid. I’m back on the horse. I’ve circled the wagons. When the going gets tuff . . . all those good ole sayings. I’m bringing them all out. Steelers do it again and “Say the Ravens Nevermore!” We win this one and it’s time to start talking Super Bowl. You want the truth, well you got it. Now tell Superman, Batman and Robin too!• The first ever Achieving Greatness Awards, heretofore AGA, is set to go and I promise you this, it will be the most spectacular awards event in this city’s history. Saturday, December 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at the fabulous Blue Line Grill, 5th Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh across from the back of Consol Arena, featuring the Willie Stargell MVP Award . . . the Celebrating Women Awards . . . The Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League Hall of Fame Inductees . . . and introducing the first time ever historic debut of The Pittsburgh City League All Sports Hall of Fame Inductions, recognizing and honoring some of the greatest athletes in Western Pennsylvania history. Tickets $20 in advance. $25 at the door. Dress to impress. Valet and street parking, 21 and over, cash bar, cash kitchen, after party starring The Legend Sly Jock. First come, first seat, rooftop VIP Room. Call (412) 628-4856. THIS IS GONNA BE SPECIAL . . . MORE INFO COMING SOON.• Okay, by the way, if you want to kill your wife or girlfriend, apparently all you have to do is do it in Australia. Oh, now I’m the bad guy . . . I told you you can’t handle the truth!!!• Even though Cortez Allen can’t cover a small bed with a large blanket . . . can’t watch the sun come up . . . plays the corner like Stevie Wonder . . . okay, okay, that’s all I got, but on the real (Remember we used to talk like that?) Coach Tomlin is going to have to hang in there with him. One day we’re going to need him and he’ll rise to the occasion. Count on it. Champions always do!• Madison Bumgarner may not be the greatest pitcher in major league baseball history, but clearly he’s the only one to pretty much win three of the seven games by himself. That my friends is the stuff legends are made of. The Giants win. The Giants win. The Giants win!• For those of you that had the nerve to question me on the Steelers bringing back Brett Keisel and James Harrison . . . well, who’s your daddy now?• The Pittsburgh City League may not have many schools left, but the ones they have are still great and holding down the City League tradition and grand style. Please continue to support City League athletics and our student athletes.• By the way, if you have a senior student/athlete set to graduate in June and he or she doesn’t have five colleges identified and contacted on some level, he or she is late, very late. Let’s go parents!• The NBA kicked off Tuesday night. Just go with this and trust me. San Antonio squares off for the West title and Cleveland and Miami will get it on in the East . . . it’s meant to be.• Health Tip — baked is better for you than fried. It just is!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >