Developer plans major PV plus battery storage project in Nevada FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:A $1 billion solar project near Las Vegas may help light up the Strip and other parts of Nevada, California and Arizona as early as 2020.The proposed Gemini solar project would be one of the largest in the western U.S., located on almost 44,000 acres of federal land about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of downtown Las Vegas, according to a statement Monday from developer Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. The company is planning to install 690 megawatts of solar and as much as 200 megawatts of batteries.A key element of the project is the batteries. Solar-storage projects are capable of delivering power when the sun has set. That’s become especially important across the western U.S. With battery costs falling, electricity buyers in California are increasingly seeking solar coupled with batteries as well.“In California, I’d sincerely doubt you’d build a solar project without a battery,” Jeff Hunter, senior managing director of Quinbrook, said in an interview.Quinbrook, with U.S. headquarters in Houston, said an environmental review is expected to be completed next year, with construction slated to begin in the third quarter of 2019. Arevia Power will oversee final development and construction, and the final cost will be dictated by the size of the project’s battery component, Hunter said.Gemini is among a spate of large U.S. solar projects proposed recently, in part to capture governmental incentives before they’re scheduled to wane, said Hugh Bromley, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg NEF.More: A billion-dollar solar project may help power Las Vegas
West Indies vs New Zealand A spineless batting effort sent the West Indies crashing to an innings and 67-run defeat to New Zealand, as the Caribbean side tamely conceded the opening Test inside four days early Monday.Entering the penultimate day at the Basin Reserve brimming with confidence following an encouraging display on Sunday, West Indies’ enterprise deserted them as they collapsed from a promising 214 for two overnight to 319 all out in their second innings.They were 231 for no further loss inside the first half-hour but dramatically lost their last eight wickets for 88 runs, to be bowled out about 50 minutes after lunch.Opener and vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten overnight on 79, top-scored with 91 while Shai Hope moved from 24 at the start to 37, but none of the Windies batsmen could muster the required commitment to stretch the contest into the fifth day.Matt Henry added another scalp to end with three for 57 but it was his fellow seamers Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Trent Boult (2-87) and Neil Wagner (2-102) who scythed through the middle and lower order to set up the comprehensive win.The defeat was the seventh in 11 Tests on New Zealand soil for West Indies inside the last 17 years, and their third innings loss in four defeats straight defeats in Wellington, dating back to 1999.For New Zealand, the win gave them a precious 1-0 lead in the two-match series, ensuring they extended their record of not having lost a series to the Windies at home in 22 years
He led the go-ahead drive with his arms — and legs — to keep the Tigers’ unbeaten streak alive at 20 games and improve his record as a starter to 16-0. He finished 18 of 30 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown, adding 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t Heisman-caliber statistics, but the sophomore quarterback turned it up when it mattered most. He made the plays when they were needed.SN’s TOP 40 PLAYERS: Lawrence at top of loaded classThis was Clemson’s closest call since Lawrence’s first start, against Syracuse last season. The Tigers and Heels were tied 14-14 after a fourth-and-1 stop by Clemson’s defense with 12:34 remaining in regulation. That’s when Lawrence — who was 6 of 14 for 36 yards in the third quarter — turned back the Tar Heels’ upset bid.His three carries for 16 yards on the drive helped set up a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins on third-and-6 that put Clemson up 21-14 with 9:54 remaining. The throw, however, forced Higgins to turn around.That has been the story with Lawrence this season. Ever since his 347-yard, three-touchdown performance in last January’s 44-16 victory over Alabama for the national championship, he has been held to an impossible standard: Heisman favorite, future No. 1 draft pick, future Super Bowl MVP.He is expected to be that quarterback on every throw, so the early-season interception bug and ho-hum statistical lines have been picked through as a result. Lawrence hasn’t produced to the level of Heisman favorites Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields or Joe Burrow. He is supposed to be dominating the ACC.MORE: Hurts opens Heisman lead with huge Big 12 debutClemson didn’t dominate North Carolina, but that’s not all on Lawrence. The Tar Heels drove for a potential game-tying touchdown after Clemson had pulled ahead, only to come up short as it went for the big upset. Clemson survived the onside kick and the game, both of which were closer than they needed to be.That’s going to be the rub for Clemson the rest of the way. The Tigers were a 2-point conversion away from being on the outside of a Playoff race that’s complicated by the Tigers’ low strength of schedule. Wake Forest is likely the only team remaining on Clemson’s regular-season schedule that will be ranked.There is good news, though: Clemson has time to reach that untouchable level, and its bye week comes at the right time. The Tigers should be more focused when they return against Florida State on Oct. 12.Here’s the bad news: This performance will leave Clemson with a perception problem. Alabama could be No. 1 on Sunday. The two-SEC-team argument is strengthening, and Ohio State still looks like it can play with Clemson. The Tigers might not get the championship benefit of the doubt if they lose a game in what’s considered a weak ACC. That is, unless Lawrence starts playing at that otherworldly level again. He doesn’t have to be the Heisman winner, No. 1 pick or future Super Bowl MVP. He just needs to be the quarterback who puts Clemson in position to win games and earn another shot at the Playoff.Also don’t lose sight of the fact Lawrence would still have had 1:17 on the clock had UNC converted the 2-point try and taken the lead. He probably would have put Clemson in position to win the game.Why would you expect anything less? Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance for Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game created unfair expectations for him and the defending national champions heading into 2019.Lawrence might still be fighting through those otherworldly expectations, but he proved his value once more in No. 1 Clemson’s 21-20 victory at North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels missed a 2-point conversion try and an onside kick in the final minute, but Lawrence had put the Tigers in position to win.
SAN JOSE – Move over, peace and happiness. Computers are what Americans really want nowadays. The machines that feed us infinite and instant information, store our digital memories, give us hours of fun with games, videos or music – and help us do our taxes – outrank peace, happiness and clothes this year as the most wished-for gifts, according to an annual U.S. survey by the consumer electronics industry’s largest trade organization. Last year, the most popular answer to the survey’s open-ended query about respondents’ holiday wishes was clothing, followed by peace and happiness, money and then computers. Such enthusiasm for computers, TVs, as well as other electronics will help drive electronics sales up 7 percent to $48.1 billion in the fourth quarter from $44.8 billion in the year-ago period, according to a forecast by the Consumer Electronics Association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By comparison, the overall retail industry is expected to see holiday sales grow 4 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. “We’re looking at a very solid season for consumer electronics, and it’s certainly a bright spot for the economy,” said Joe Bates, CEA’s director of research. For all of 2007, electronics sales are expected to reach $160 billion, up 8 percent from $148 billion last year, according to the CEA forecast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!