South Korea to build 4GW of solar and offshore wind

first_imgSouth Korea to build 4GW of solar and offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:South Korea is planning to develop 4 gigawatts (GW) worth of solar and offshore wind on reclaimed land in Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat on the country’s southwest coast that was damned by the country’s government amidst significant controversy over 30 years ago.Asia’s fourth-largest economy, South Korea finished 2017 with 11.3 GW worth of renewable energy capacity, including at least 5 GW worth of solar. However, the country’s government is hoping to become a regional renewable energy powerhouse, and at the end of October, President Moon Jae-in announced plans to build 4 GW worth of solar and offshore wind — including 3 GW worth of solar and 1 GW of offshore wind.Specifically, South Korea intends to build a 3 GW power generation complex, to be completed by 2022, at which point it would be the world’s largest of its kind, as well as another 1 GW worth of offshore wind to be developed off the coast of Gunsan, in the North Jeolla Province, by 2026.[T]he Korean Government will seek to funnel KRW 10 trillion ($8.8 billion) in private investments to the project, with the Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency (SDIA), an agency run under the Ministry of Land, set to oversee the development of 2.6 GW worth of the projects — including 2.4 GW worth of solar, 100 MW worth of wind, and 100 MW worth of battery storage power. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) will oversee the development of 400 MW of solar PV. The 1 GW worth of offshore wind will be built separately.“This announcement is a follow-up of President Moon’s pledge to increase the share of renewables in Korea’s generation mix to 20% by 2030,” explained David Kang, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who spoke to me via email. “The government has implemented a series of supporting policies (e.g. increased REC multiplier for wind and storage, temporary feed-in-tariff for small-scale PV, etc.) to boost the deployment of solar and wind in Korea, but the biggest obstacle has been the country’s chronic land availability issue. Much of the land suitable for solar and wind projects in Korea are either protected under the agricultural and environmental protection law or face severe opposition from local communities including farmers and fisheries. By utilizing the idle reclaimed land in Saemangeum region, the government aims to resolve the land availability issue and kick-start the deployment of utility-scale projects.”More: South Korea plans 4 gigawatts of solar + offshore windlast_img read more

Badgers welcome Wolverines in Breast Cancer Awareness match

first_imgAfter a long two weeks of travel, the Wisconsin Badgers (15-3, 4-2 Big Ten) finally return home as they host No. 16 Michigan (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness match Friday at 7 p.m.Wisconsin welcomes Michigan, who was in the final four last year. The Badgers open a four-match home stand and continue their six-match stretch against ranked teams. UW is one of only three teams in the country that will play six straight matches against top-25 teams in 2013.Wisconsin also continues to climb up in the rankings under head coach Kelly Sheffield, taking over No.15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 Coaches’ poll, making this the Badgers highest ranking since 2008.“It feels really good,” junior Courtney Thomas said. “Our expectations are really high, not saying 15 isn’t good, but we definitely want to get higher, keep moving up in those ranks. But for right now it feels really good.”Michigan is focused heavily on its offense and Sheffield knows they have to play a strong game this Friday.“ Michigan is one of the top offenses in the conference with a really diverse team,” Sheffield said. “They have some big bangers. The biggest thing we are going to have to do is keep their hitting percentage down from what they’ve been doing, because they have been tearing everybody up. This match is big if we want to stay and battle for a Big Ten championship.”Before the match, the Badgers will honor former Badger volleyball player Margie Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was a four-year letterwinner for Wisconsin from 1984-87. She still holds season and career records for service aces. In 1991 she served as the interim head coach leading the team to a spot in the NCAA tournament.Fitzpatrick fought breast cancer twice and passed away in December of 2004 from the disease. Each year, Wisconsin Athletics recognizes Fitzpatrick and her family.“It is always important to stop and take a moment and realize how blessed we are,” sophomore Taylor Morey said. “We’re sending out a prayer for all those who are fighting.”Along with honoring her family, Wisconsin Athletics is handing out pink bracelets to the first 1000 fans. It is also Student Night on Friday paired with National Chocolate Cupcake day. All students will receive a free chocolate cupcake upon entry.last_img read more