Wood Mackenzie: Solar will soon ‘be cheaper than gas almost everywhere’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The days of new gas-fired plants keeping up with utility solar will soon be over. But the rise of competitive renewables auctions means profits will be hard to come by, even in an expanding market.Solar will soon be able to out-compete gas-fired plants around the world. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier to make a living in the solar business.“By 2023, we think solar’s going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world,” Tom Heggarty, senior solar analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, said Tuesday at GTM Solar Summit in Phoenix.New gas plants remain competitive with new utility solar in a number of big markets today, from China to the U.K. to South Korea. But that will no longer be the case by the early 2020s, as equipment costs continue to fall and competitive auctions proliferate, Heggarty said.Yet for all that signifies, the news has not all been good for the global solar market recently.The annual market failed to crack the 100-gigawatt mark in 2018 as it was expected to do, due chiefly to a policy-induced slowdown in China. India, too, put up weaker-than-expected growth last year as 14 gigawatts of auctions were canceled or postponed, or awarded projects were annulled.But setbacks in any one market — even China — are becoming less important as the industry takes root around the world. China accounted for 35 percent of global solar installations through 2018, but that share will fall to 27 percent in the 2019 to 2024 period, WoodMac predicts.More: WoodMac: Solar plants cheaper than natural gas ‘just about everywhere’ by 2023 Wood Mackenzie: Solar will soon ‘be cheaper than gas almost everywhere’last_img read more

Nairobi and Mombasa residents report earth tremors

first_imgResidents in parts of Nairobi and Mombasa on Wednesday night reported to have experienced some earth tremors.Confirming the incident, the Meteorologist in charge of earthquakes and Tsunami at the Kenya Meteorological Department Dr. Philip Sagero told KBC on phone that the earthquake which had its epicenter Kilindoni area of Dar-es- Salaam in Tanzania. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale.  59 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 7 398 000 light.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153  The tremor was felt in Nairobi and Mombasa at around 8.15pm.Here are some comments from Kenyans on twitter:-Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolslast_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant argues young players’ development hinges more on mentors than college

first_img“The elder statesmen always say this younger generation has no idea what they’re doing, they’re going to absolutely kill the game,” Bryant said. “‘The game, when we played, was pure and all this kind of stuff.’” Hey, man, that’s always the case. When we came in, we were just young kids that wanted to play.”Life lessonFor a player that became consumed with winning NBA championships, Bryant has recently contended he found value in losing because it provided teachable moments. Hence, Bryant’s advice to MMA fighter Ronda Rousey after losing to Holly Holm to end her undefeated run. “I told her it’s a beautiful thing,” Bryant said. “To be a true champion, sometimes you have to get knocked down. It happens to the best of us.”Bryant experienced that with two NBA Finals losses to Detroit (2004) and Boston (2008). Bryant also suffered season-ending injuries to his left Achilles (April 2013), left knee (December 2013) and right shoulder (January 2015). “A true mark of a champion is how you get up,” Bryant said. “She goes through her entire career undefeated. She becomes this mythical figure that no one can relate to and she got beat. We all got beat at some point in our lives. Now it’s a matter of how she bounces back. That’s what makes her a true champion.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Swarming defenses have forced Kobe Bryant to measure whether to shoot through double teams or pass to open up defenses. Bryant has weighed if he should issue tough love or positive reinforcement to teammates. Amid all the tough decisions Bryant has made through his 20-year NBA career, there marks one major event for which he holds no regrets.“Coming straight to the NBA and skipping college,” Bryant said.It might seem easy for Bryant to say after winning five NBA championships with the Lakers and climbing toward third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. But those around Bryant’s alma mater at Lower Merion High School all remember Bryant having the same outlook in 1996 when he decided to jump to the NBA. center_img In 2006, the NBA began requiring players either to attend college or play overseas for at least a year before declaring draft eligibility. “I don’t think it matters,” Bryant said about the rule. “You have high school players who go to college, stay for four years and are not ready. You have certain high school players skip college and they’re ready. It depends on the mentors that you have and it depends on the internal motivation.”Bryant benefitted from growing up in Italy. There, he watched his dad, Joe, play professionally. Bryant also learned the game’s fundamentals. Bryant’s high school coach, Gregg Downer, also preached similar philosophies.Some have suggested Bryant still faced social hiccups in relating to older NBA players. But several, including Lakers coach Byron Scott, became quickly impressed with his curiosity, work ethic, talent and awareness of the game’s history. “Ultimately it depends on the teachers you have and the mentors you have,” Bryant said. “You can go to college for four years and you can get horrible mentorship and be worse off than the kid who came in at 17.” With Bryant set to retire following the 2015-16 season, he dismissed the notion that the younger generation lacks the same dedication as him. last_img read more