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Tesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia

first_imgTesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:A community storage pilot project using Tesla batteries went live this week in Western Australia, three months ahead of schedule. The 105KW/420KWh pooled storage will act as a sort of locker for excess power produced by homes with solar panels.The project is an unusual one because it pools battery capacity for homes with solar panels. It was funded by energy company Synergy and government-owned Western Power, which sought 52 customers with solar panels on their homes as participants. The 52 shares of the project were snapped up in two weeks, far more quickly than expected, which accelerated the project’s timeline.Participants will each be allotted 8kWh of storage, which they will “fill” with excess power created by their rooftop solar panels during the day. (This is in theory, of course. Solar-generated electricity can flow back onto the grid, but there’s no guarantee that the battery will be charged with solar-generated electrons.) In the evening, customers will “be able to draw electricity back from the PowerBank during peak time without having to outlay upfront costs for a behind-the-meter battery storage system,” says a press release from the government of Western Australia.The model is similar to that of community solar projects, which have become popular in the US. Rather than spend money on expensive solar panels (or batteries, in this case), homeowners can opt in to a collective project. A managing company will put up the upfront costs and collect payment in installations. The Western Australian community battery project will cost participants AUD$1 (USD$0.73) per day for 24 months, although the participants will be able to opt out of the program at any time. Still, if a customer would normally buy electricity from Western Power in the evening after the sun goes down, participating in a program like this should save them money.More: Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australialast_img read more

Syracuse football: 3 takeaways from Ashton Broyld’s dismissal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ashton Broyld has been dismissed from the Syracuse football team for a violation of team rules, preventing the senior from finally emerging as the highly touted offensive weapon he was once thought to be.It takes away experience from a hybrid position that will seemingly throw an interesting twist in an SU offense that was relatively stagnant last year. Here are the three biggest ways in which Broyld’s dismissal will affect Syracuse.1. More light on Erv PhilipsPhilips, a sophomore, was already tops on the depth chart at the hybrid position. After a freshman season in which he showed flashes of dynamic offensive potential, he’s expected to utilize the new position to showcase his wide-ranging skill set.Though Broyld was listed third on the depth chart at the position behind Philips and Ben Lewis, he was expected to contribute in one way or another.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Ashton Broyld can line up anywhere on the field,” head coach Scott Shafer said in a Cuse TV interview recapping the post-spring practice depth chart in May.Now the junior Lewis, who caught 24 passes for 275 yards in 2014, will be relied upon more. But it’s Philips, who was already expected to lead the position group, that will shoulder some of the expectations that the senior-most member of the unit is leaving behind.2. The final straw on a hampered 4-star prospectBroyld came to SU in 2012 with hype behind his offensive abilities, but those never materialized. He went through a position switch and was slowed down by injury, missing eight games in 2014.He led the team with 52 receptions for 452 yards his sophomore season, but that potential was squashed last year due to injury. With a hybrid position that would give his athleticism a platform to explode, Broyld could have flipped the script on his career with a standout senior season.But instead, the final remark on Broyld’s Syracuse career is one of disappointment rather than one of validation.3. One less deep threat for Terrel HuntGranted, Broyld’s longest reception was 39 yards in 2013 and only 24 last season, but that was still significant on an SU team that didn’t have much downfield success.Jarrod West was the team’s main deep threat but he’s graduated, and sophomore Steve Ishamel will likely take the reigns as the top receiver and downfield option for Hunt. Broyld still had the fourth-most receiving yards on the team despite only playing a third of SU’s games.In 2013, Broyld had he second-longest reception of anyone on Syracuse’s preseason depth chart (behind Alvin Cornelius) but will never get a chance for his first receiving touchdown with the Orange. Published on July 28, 2015 at 10:01 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Commentslast_img read more

White paper gives Stars right to demand more WCup bonuses

first_imgGhana’s senior national team players are now set to get more than the $100,000 they each got for being selected to represent the country in the last World Cup.This is as per the new proposal and consideration by government as released in a White Paper on Thursday evening.Following the fiasco that was Ghana’s participation in Brazil, a three-man Commission of Inquiry was set up to look into the issues surrounding the country’s entire effort, among others.In its report, the Justice Senyo Dzamefe-led body recommended that the State allocate a pegged amount of US$100,000 as appearance fees before a World Cup, should Ghana qualify.But government disagreed, proposing that a percentage of the appearance fee paid by FIFA be paid to the players instead.“Government is of the view that pegging the appearance fee at a maximum of US$100,000.00 has the effect of permanently freezing the fee at that level to the disadvantage of the players when the fees go up…” “…Government is of the view that the better approach is to fix the maximum appearance fee payable to the players as a percentage of the appearance fee paid by FIFA. Using the 2014 total appearance fee of US$8 million out of which US$100,000.00 was eventually paid to each player, this works out to1.25%. This should be the maximum amount allocated for each player of the 23 players. Out of this amount, the negotiated amount to be paid to each player should not exceed 60%. Government so directs.”The White Paper, presented by Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, also rejected the commission’s recommendation that the remaining balance in the World Cup players appearance fee account be divided equally amongst the 23 players.It instead recommended that the money be used for projects of the players’ choosing.Implication Considering that the major cause of Ghana’s poor performance had to do with agitation over bonuses that were in arrears, leading to the infamous flight of more than $3 million halfway across the world, government’s stance will be a victory for players.The commission’s recommendations sought to curtail the regular practice where, for the past five years, Black Stars players have wielded so much power as to hold the nation to ransom should bonuses not be paid in amounts they want.A classic case in point was when former players Elvis Afriyie Ankrah confessed, at the point of tears, that the team’s conduct in Brazil shocked him.He had said on August 21, last year: “My Lord, [the players] were assured that they would definitely get the money before the next match. They are professionals and know very well that they had to train adequately to win matches.”Eventually, even though the money came on the eve, they still got the money but by not preparing for the match they couldn’t deliver.” He had continued: “The Black Stars resolved not to train ahead of their crucial encounter with Portugal if their appearance fees were not paid…”The Minister’s words trailed off, as he dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief. And Elvis wept.He had subsequently recommended that a fixed amount be agreed on for the players to forestall such an occurrence.  The government’s refusal to accept this plea from the former sports minister means the nation can easily be held to ransom again in future tournaments.– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more