Australia rooftop solar tops 8GW mark

first_imgAustralia rooftop solar tops 8GW mark FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The boom is small-scale rooftop solar installations has continued into 2019, with total installs for the first month of the year reaching 159.4MW – a record for the month that is typically affected by the summer holiday season.The latest data from industry statistician Sunwiz shows a 49 per cent jump on the same month last year, and Victoria posting a record for any month of any year – 41MW – beating usual leaders Queensland and NSW to become the strongest market in the country.In fact, it was the first time Victoria has taken the market lead since July 2008, when it installed the grand total of 448kW!South Australia, meanwhile, added 15MW in January and broke through the 1GW aggregate mark during the month, joining Queensland (2.4GW), NSW (1.87GW), Victoria (1.6GW) and Western Australia (1.07GW). South Australia, however, still leads the country in terms of penetration of solar on dwellings (32 per cent).All told, there is now 8.2GW of small-scale rooftop solar in Australia after the record-breaking year in 2018 when nearly 1.6GW was installed. This does not include larger rooftop solar installations (100kW and above), nor the rapidly growing number of large scale, ground mounted solar farms.Another interesting aspect of the January data is that the average system size rose to 7.7kW, a reflection of not just the larger systems being put on households, but also the growing uptake from small business (usually 30kW to 100kW systems).The rooftop solar boom is likely to continue well into 2019 and beyond. The Victoria boost is helped by the Labor government’s election promise to offer state-based rebates that aims to add another 650,000 homes over the next decade (twice its current numbers), or some 2.6GW of new rooftop solar.More: Small-scale rooftop solar installs reach record 159MW in Januarylast_img read more

Measure the success of your business development efforts

first_imgWhen it comes to motivating business development staff, credit union leaders should look to the Fitbit.That’s because this device does everything a manager should: provide pertinent, relevant data to people in a way that motivates them and helps them understand their environment and actions.“That’s what we should be doing in business development,” said John Godwin, principal at Haynes Godwin Consulting and a former credit union business development executive. He addressed the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif.Godwin stressed the importance of tracking statistics and goals that are critical to business development success. Doing so helps ensure accountability among staff—and desired results.He said business development goals should be intelligent, agreed-upon, motivational, specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brazil banking on defense in Copa America final with Peru

first_imgBrazil players during celebrations after qualifying to finalsRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Brazil will be looking to maintain their defensive invincibility against Peru in Sunday’s Copa America final, midfielder Casemiro says.The hosts have yet to concede a goal in the tournament, including when they thrashed Peru 5-0 in a group-stage match earlier in the competition.And keeping their goal intact will be key to lifting a ninth Copa crown, according to the Real Madrid man.“Ending the competition without conceding a goal is one of our aims,” said Casemiro.“And if we don’t concede a goal, it’s not just thanks to the guys at the back, those up front help us a lot and that makes the difference.”The woodwork also made a difference in Brazil’s 2-0 semi-final victory over arch rivals Argentina, as did referee Roddy Zambrano’s refusal to consult VAR twice when Lionel Messi and his team-mates were claiming a penalty.Sergio Aguero headed against the bar in the first half and Messi rattled the post after the break, while Brazil captain Dani Alves and midfielder Arthur both got away with blatant off-the-ball fouls inside the area on Manchester City pair Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi respectively.Argentina have complained to South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL over the refereeing in that semi-final, although to no avail as the result will not be changed.Brazil have identified the main threat to their defensive invincibility on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium: Peru forward Paolo Guerrero.He’s a player well known to Brazilian fans having spent the last seven years playing in the country.The 35-year-old scored the winning goal for Corinthians in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup final against Chelsea.Currently playing for Internacional in Porto Alegre, he previously helped Corinthians win the Sao Paulo state championship in 2013 and Flamengo to do likewise in the Rio state championship four years later.“He’s a player who deserves special attention for everything he’s done in the past,” said center-back Marquinhos.“I know him well, I played with him for a bit at Corinthians and I’ve played against him several times for the national team.” – Respect needed –One of those was two weeks ago at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo when Guerrero was kept quiet while Peru when into a defensive meltdown.They’ve bounced back spectacularly from that set-back, though, first ousting Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-final, in a match in which they were clearly second best, and then in a stunning performance to beat the outgoing champions Chile 3-0 in the last four.“It’ll be a great final, a really difficult match. We can’t think it’s already won, we have to play it,” said Casemiro.“They’ve eliminated great teams — Uruguay and Chile — we have to respect them.”It’s only the second time Peru have reached the Copa final in its 103-year history.They beat Colombia in a play-off in Caracas in 1975 after each side had won at home in a two-legged title decider.And their first title in 1939 on home soil came at the end of a single five-team tournament played in a round-robin format.“We’ve got to approach it calmly. It’s true that we’ve achieved something very important after many years,” said forward Raul Ruidiaz.“We’re aware and calm that there’s one more step to glory.“We need to play with our feet on the ground and give everything on the pitch to make it happen.”Brazil, in stark comparison, have won the Copa eight times and finished runners-up on a further 11 occasions, a record bettered only by Uruguay and Argentina.From 1997 to 2007, Brazil won four out of five editions of the Copa, missing out only in 2001 when the Selecao turned up in Colombia without leading lights such as Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos — four crucial players in their World Cup success the next year.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Saints rally past Eastern Washington to stretch win streak to 11

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints rallied back from a second-period deficit to edge the Eastern Washington University Eagles 5-3 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey Saturday night at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.The win extended Selkirk’s BCIHL-record streak for wins to start a season to 11 and maintained the Saints’ tight grip on first place in the league standings.”With two weeks between games we knew there might be some rust coming into tonight’s game and we saw that early with a couple of mental errors that Eastern made us pay for,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”But it was a good experience for us to get behind at home and have to raise our game and battle back.””We got better as the game went on and it was nice to see our fourth line come through with the winning goal,” Dubois added. “You don’t want to have to count on coming from behind on a regular basis, but tonight we’re pleased with the character we showed in the third period.”For the first time this season the Saints tailed at both intermissions.But a third period rally sparked by a timely 5-on-3 penalty kill lifted the home side. The Eagles took their first of three leads on the night midway through the first period when Ryan Pajimola intercepted a neutral zone pass and blasted a shot past Selkirk netminder Alex Sirard.Cody Fidgett drew the hosts even minutes later on a power-play, but EWU went ahead once more with 1:54 remaining in the frame when Uriah Machuga capitalized on a Saints turnover and scored from the high slot. The game remained tight in the second with Logan Proulx and Machuga trading power-play goals less than two minutes apart.And Selkirk came up big late in the frame, killing a two-man advantage for the final 54 seconds of the period in order to squeak into intermission down a single goal. After continuing their solid work on the penalty kill in the opening minute of the third period, the Saints found the momentum-changing goal they’d been searching for.Beau Taylor, who was playing at centre in the absence of injured linemate Thomas Hardy, won an offensive zone face-off straight forward and passed across the top of the crease to Fidgett for a tap-in equalizer. The eventual game winner would follow just 53 seconds later, as Connor Stephens pounced on a rebound from a Ben Starbuck wrap-around and beat EWU starter Jason Greenwell.And the Saints allowed their visitors few chances for the remainder of the third period, outshooting the Eagles 13-3 before Connor McLaughlin scored into an empty net to put the finishing touches on the win. Alex Sirard picked up his seventh win in as many appearances for the Saints, making 16 saves including a breakaway stop on Ryan Pajimola late in the first period that kept his team within one heading to intermission. Greenwell faced 37 shots and took the loss for EWU. Selkirk returns to home ice for their final game of 2012 when the University of Victoria visits Castlegar on Saturday, December 1st.Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.SAINTS NOTES: A victory against the Vikes next weekend would see Selkirk tie the BCIHL’s all-time longest winning streak at 12 games. Ironically, UVic set the current record during the 2006/07 season.last_img read more

Let the ‘training camp’ begin for the Nelson Leafs

first_imgFollowing an off-season of turmoil, new coach and GM Dave McLellan hopes to bring a sense of calm to the Good Ship Leaf as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club kicks off the 2014-15 campaign with training camp Friday at the NDCC Arena.McLellan has been thrust into the leadership role with the Green and White after first choice to succeed Frank Maida decided to dump the Murdoch Division franchise like a bag of old pucks during the summer.“Outside it seems to be crazy but right now we’re working through process of finding and assessing player’s potential players,” said McLellan, who found time to talk to The Nelson Daily in between player calls and meetings with the board.“But I’m confident, and if anything, we have a unique situation of  too many players returning wanting to make team.”In McLellan, Nelson gets a seasoned veteran of the game, well versed in building winning teams.And McLellan will use that experience to find the right mix of players to roster the Heritage City franchise.“My main focus has been getting in contact with BC Hockey, Western Hockey and Alberta Hockey teams looking for players who don’t make their rosters who would like to join us at some stage, whether it be (training) camp or after camp,” McLellan explained. The former Delta Ice Hawks and Burnaby Express skipper expects roughly 45 players in camp when the Leafs take to the ice Friday afternoon.The players will be divided into two teams.On ice evaluations start the tryout session before the teams take to the pond for a scrimmage.The teams practice separately before another scrimmage allows coaches and evaluators a chance to gauge the players.Some of the players already on the bubble are the host of returning veterans to the Leafs — defencemen, and last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierrie, Patrick Croome, Kyle Clayton, Robson Cramer and forwards Adam Hodge and Matt MacDonald.While experience is good, KIJHL allows only five 20-year-olds on the roster.“We have numbers crunch of 20-year-olds coming to camp,” McLellan explained. “We’ll see how camp goes but we’ll probably try to acquire some other players through trades using the 20-year-olds.”Others returning to training camp from a Leaf team that finished fourth at the Cyclone Taylor Cup are goalie Adam Maida, defence men Austin Seaman and forwards Alec Wilkinson, Quinn Klimchuk and Rayce Miller.Sunday the players are presented with one last opportunity to impress the coaches before exit interviews conclude the camp during the afternoon.McLellan gets to see the team in action on Wednesday when Nelson travels to Fruitvale to meet the defending KIJHL Champion, Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Exhibition home games for Nelson at September 6 (Creston) and September 7 (Beaver Valley) before Nelson opens the season September 12 against the Nitehawks.last_img read more