Solar Energy Progress in Nevada May Be a Harbinger for Other States

first_imgSolar Energy Progress in Nevada May Be a Harbinger for Other States FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享High Country News: Near the end of 2005, Louise Helton had one of those life-changing moments that usually only happen in Hollywood movies. Friends had invited her to join Nevada movers and shakers in an ostentatiously decorated Las Vegas casino ballroom to hear former President Bill Clinton speak. He challenged the audience to diversify the state’s economy, and to do so in a very specific way. Adopting a Southern drawl, Helton recalls the words that inspired her: “And he said, ‘If I were y’all, y’all would be the Saudi Arabia of solar.’ ” Clinton’s pitch made sense to the 51-year-old Helton. With its abundant sunshine, Nevada was well positioned to become a clean energy leader. Besides, the state lacks its own coal or natural gas reserves, so it has to import those conventional fuels, thus benefiting other states’ economies instead of its own. “There is no better or cheaper resource than the sun that is shining down on the sunniest place in the West,” Helton says.Clinton’s words percolated away inside Helton for a few years. Then, in 2008, she took the leap. Using savings from the two decades she spent working with at-risk kids, she opened her own company, 1 Sun Solar Electric. She kept costs down by melding it with her life partner’s successful tile and stone company, and in 2009, they started attaching solar panels to roofs in Las Vegas. Her timing was unfortunate; the recession hit Las Vegas especially hard and the impacts lingered, but Helton was able to keep her small crew working and her business in the black. By the time Nevada’s economy bounced back in 2014, the cost of solar panels had plummeted. Helton’s company was ready to ride the wave. “We were making a very good living and supporting a crew of folks who were able to support their families,” she recalls.Her business relied on a state law that required the monopoly electricity provider, NV Energy, to pay customers for power generated by their solar panels. For each unit of energy provided to the grid, NV Energy would give them a free unit. This one-to-one swap, called net metering, kept solar customers’ bills low and reduced the time it took to recoup their upfront investments.Big companies that lease solar panels, such as SolarCity and Sunrun, swooped into Nevada, hiring hundreds of people. In 2015, a record 24,564 people applied to be solar customers with NV Energy, according to the company. But near the end of that year, the Public Utility Commission of Nevada, the state’s utility regulators, crushed the nascent solar boom by increasing fees for solar customers and slashing reimbursements for the power they feed into the grid. That fundamentally altered the economics of rooftop solar. “It was stunning,” Helton recalls. “That’s how we found ourselves upside-down and backwards and almost out of business.”The Nevada regulators’ order was the most extreme example of a nationwide effort by corporate utilities — panicked about losing market share and profits — to roll back net-metering policies. It’s backed by the deep pockets of fossil fuel industrialists like the Koch brothers, conservative lobbying groups like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the electricity industry’s own trade group, the Edison Electric Institute. But the Nevada regulators unexpectedly sparked a fierce resistance movement, comprised not only of environmentalists and clean-energy advocates, but also libertarians, small-business owners like Helton, and ordinary citizens who have installed rooftop panels or thought about doing so. It’s not just a battle between dirty and clean energy; it involves corporate profits, individual freedom and the appropriate role of government in incentivizing market shifts. And if the ultimate outcome in Nevada is any indication, the utilities have a tough fight ahead of them.Full article: Big Utilities Meet Their Match in Solar Scufflelast_img read more

Krawiec brings potential to Hines

first_imgFurthermore, he has been the drag strip manager at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., since 2001 and a track employee since 1999. It’s the chance of a lifetime. There are no secrets about Andrew Hines’ talent on a NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycles. Three successive championships have answered all questions. There will plenty to learn about Eddie Krawiec, who will join Hines on the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson factory team in Gainesville, Fla., next month. The 30-year-old Krawiec is a former AMA Prostar series regular but has failed to qualify in eight NHRA national events. “This is something I’ve been after for a long time,” Krawiec said. “I’ve been around drag racing for a long time and I hope my past experience is going to help make the transition smooth. “I didn’t have the benefit of the knowledge and equipment until now. I think that is going to make all the difference and I can’t wait to get to the first event and be part of this championship-winning team.” HORSE OF NEW COLOR For the past three years, Eric Medlen has driven the black-and-green Castrol Ford Mustang for John Force Racing. That won’t be the case in 2007. Medlen, who has won six national events in his young career, will have a different paint scheme at various races. center_img “The only difference this year than any other year is that, on the outside, the car’s going to change from race-to-race,” Medlen said. “That gives us a chance to give added value to our major sponsors in markets that are most important to them. “Like, we’ll have big Auto Club identification here and at the two Texas races (Houston and Dallas). In two weeks, when we go to Phoenix (for the CSK Nationals), that’s the home base for Mach 1 Air Services, one of our newest sponsors. So there we’ll get to be the `Mach 1 Mustang’ which has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgSports fans from across Donegal will have the chance to see some of the top cyclists in Europe later this summer.The county hosts no less than four stages of the RAS race which gets underway on May 20th next.The following is a map of the route and details of the launch. The 2012 An Post Rás route was revealed at the GPO on January 26th and looks certain to provide a challenging test. This year’s Rás covers 1168 kilometres over eight stages with 28 categorised climbs, three of which are category one ascents.The 2012 Rás is the 60th in its history, and this year’s route was planned by cyclist, Stephen O’Sullivan. Stephen is a former stage winner and seventeen year veteran of the event. The action gets underway on Sunday May 20th in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Kilkenny, Gort, Westport, Bundoran, Buncranna, Killybeggs, Coothill and finishing in Skerries.Route details• Stage 1, Sunday 20th May, DUNBOYNE – KILKENNY 147 Kms.• Stage 2, Monday 21st May, KILKENNY – GORT 158 Kms.• Stage 3, Tuesday 22nd May, GORT – WESTPORT 145 Kms.• Stage 4, Wednesday 23rd May, WESTPORT – BUNDORAN 135 Kms.• Stage 5, Thursday 24th May, BUNDORAN – BUNCRANA 149 Kms. • Stage 6, Friday 25th May, BUNCRANA – KILLYBEGS 134 Kms.• Stage 7, Saturday 26th May, DONEGAL – COOTEHILL 161 Kms.• Stage 8, Sunday 27th May, COOTEHILL – SKERRIES 139 Kms.DONEGAL TO HOST FOUR STAGES OF TOP RAS CYCLING EVENT was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYCLINGRASlast_img read more

Lee Smith, Harold Baines headed to Hall of Fame

first_imgLongtime closer Lee Smith and smooth-swinging Harold Baines have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.Former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell one vote short.The results by the 16-member Today’s Game Era Committee were announced Sunday at the winter meetings.Smith, a minor-pitching consultant with the Giants, and Baines, an All-Star with the A’s in the early 1990s, both debuted in Chicago during the 1980 season Smith began with the Cubs and went on to post a then-record 478 saves …last_img read more

Bergbau und Mineralien in Sudafrika

first_imgSudafrika, auch Schatztruhe der Welt genannt, verfugt uber reichhaltige mineralische Bodenschatze. Das Land produziert und besitzt einen erheblichen Anteil aller Mineralien weltweit.Sudafrikas Reichtum sind die schier unerschopflichen Bodenschatze: fast 90% der Platin-Vorkommen, 80% der Mangan-Vorkommen, 73% der Chrom-Vorkommen, 45% der Vanadium-Vorkommen und 41% der Gold-Vorkommen befinden sich hier. Nur Rohol und Bauxit kann das Land nicht bieten.Das Land ist ein fuhrender Produzent von Edelmetallen wie Gold und Platin, aber auch von Basismetallen und Kohle. Es ist der viertgroßte Diamantenhersteller, wobei Experten davon ausgehen, dass es immer noch potentielle weitere Vorkommen in Gebieten gibt, die noch nicht voll erschlossen sind.Stellenwert in der WirtschaftSudafrikas war uber ein Jahrhundert lang der weltweit großte Goldproduzent, wurde jedoch 2007 von China ubertroffen. Gold, einst der Schlusselfaktor in der sudafrikanischen Wirtschaft, hat an Bedeutung eingebußt, da die Wirtschaft des Landes vielfaltiger geworden ist.Allerdings ist der Bergbau in Sudafrika immer noch ein essentieller Wirtschaftsfaktor und Edelmetalle stellen 65% des Mineralienexports des Landes, was 21% des Gesamtwarenexportes 2006 entspricht. Das Land liefert 80% des Platins auf der Welt.Die Bergbauindustrie ist ebenfalls Sudafrikas großter Arbeitgeber mit uber 460.000 Beschaftigten und weiteren 400.000 weiteren Angestellten bei Zulieferern und unterstutzenden Dienstleistern.WandelDie Besitzverhaltnisse, der Zugang und der Abbau der mineralischen Bodenschatze des Landes wird im Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 geregelt. Dieses Gesetz erklart den Staat zum Sachwalter uber diese Bodenschatze.Wandel ist eines der Hauptprobleme, mit dem der sudafrikanische Bergbau konfrontiert wird. Ein gleichberechtigter Zugang zu mineralischen Bodenschatzen wurde gesetzlich festgeschrieben. Eine erhebliche Beteiligung von bisher benachteiligten Gruppen ist der Gegenstand der brancheneigenen Verpflichtungserklarung im Zuge des “Black Economic Empowerment” (BEE).Derzeit sind uber 70% der Arbeitskrafte in dieser Industrie schwarz, davon allerdings nicht einmal 5% in leitenden Positionen. Die Regierung hat Vorgaben erlassen. Bis 209 wird von allen Bergbaugesellschaften erwartet, dass 40% der leitenden Positionen mit bislang benachteiligten Sudafrikanern zu besetzen sind.Weitere Zielvorgaben fur dien nachsten 10 Jahre sehen den Transfer von 26% der Bergbauanteile an Gesellschaften in schwarzem Besitz, und die Gewahrleistung, dass 51% aller zukunftigen Bergbauprojekte von Unternehmen in schwarzem Besitz kontrolliert werden.StarkenAls eines der Hauptbergbaulander zahlt Sudafrika hohe fachliche Kompetenz im Technik- und Produktionsbereich sowie umfangreiche Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit zu seinen Starken.Das Land hat im Weltvergleich erstklassige Verarbeitungsanlagen fur Kohlenstoffstahl, Edelstahl und die Aluminiumindustrie, neben Gold und Platin. Sudafrika ist ebenfalls weltweit fuhrend in Sachen neue Technologien. Dazu gehort u. a. ein bahnbrechendes Verfahren, das geringhaltiges, extrafeines Eisenerz in hochwertiges Eisen umwandelt.Diese Art der Veredelung und somit der Wertsteigerung von Rohstoffen vor dem Export wurde vom Staat als einer der Hauptwachstumsbereiche herausgestellt. Hier liegen lukrative Ertragsmoglichkeiten fur nachgelagerte Aufbereitung und steigert den Wert von Eisen, Edelstahl, Kohlenstoffstahl, Aluminium, Platinderivat und Gold vor Ort.IndustriefuhrerZwei der weltweit großten Bergbaugesellschaften stammen aus Sudafrika. BHP Billiton, die großte Bergbaugesellschaft der Welt, kam im Zuge einer Fusion zwischen der sudafrikanischen Gesellschaft Billiton und dem australischen Unternehmen BHP zustande.Anglo American Plc, mit Borsennotierungen in London und Johannesburg, besitzt mehrere Tochtergesellschaften wie z. B. Anglo Platinum, Anglo Coal, Impala Platinum und Kumba Iron Ore.Der Diamantminenbetreiber De Beers, ebenfalls ein sudafrikanisches Unternehmen, ist im Besitz von Anglo American und einem Konsortium unter Fuhrung der Regierung von Botswana. Der weltweit wichtigste Diamantenproduzent baute 2007 ca. 51,1 Mio. Karat ab.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyChamber of Mines of South AfricaStandard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaBusiness DayMining WeeklyMineweblast_img read more

Q&A with Fruit South Africa on new SA-China agreement

first_imgThe newly signed agreement between South Africa and China will mean more jobs in the export agriculture sector says the Fruit South Africa CEO Dr Konanani Liphadzi.The South African and Chinese governments recently signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the market access for fruit. South Africa’s exporters are expected to increase their produce from 110 000 tons fruit to 350 000 tons within the next five years. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanSouth African farmers and cooperatives will export more of their fruit harvest after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the South African government and the People’s Republic of China earlier this month.The MOU was signed in Beijing, China, by Willem Bestbier, vice-chairperson of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) and his counterpart, Wang Xin, vice-chairperson of the Chinese Quarantine and Inspection Association (CIQA) on 1 November 2016.South Africa’s fruit exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces. (Image to illustrate: Brand South Africa)For now negotiations are underway to increase market access for South African pears. Avocados and other fruit will be considered in the next round of negotiations.Last year China imported 3.8-million tons of fruit, of which 110 000 tons were from South Africa. The Chinese fruit market is valued at US$ 5-billion (about R71-billion), and within 5 years South Africa’s access will be one and half times greater.Dr Konanani Liphadzi, chief executive officer of Fruit SA shares insights on the impact of the MOU on agriculture in South Africa.Dr Konanani Liphadzi is chief executive officer of Fruit SA. She says the fruit industry will increase job creation because of the new agreement between China and South Africa relating to exports.Dr Liphadzi, what does this new agreement with China mean for South Africa?Liphadzi: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access. Secondly, we could share technical information like quarantine issues and also assist them with information needed. It goes both ways.We also have a partner on the ground in China, who can share things like policy changes.This partnership builds on the foundation we already have with China.Lastly, there will be a lot of job creation, from hand pickers in South Africa to people doing packaging that will be hired, because of increased demand.What fruit do we export to China?KL: The three main produce we supply to the Chinese market are apples, citrus and table grapes.How many fruit suppliers in South Africa currently export to China?KL: Currently there are 12 companies that supply to China.How many people are employed currently within the fruit industry?KL: Currently 50% of our fruit produce are being exported. This is to 87 countries worldwide, with China being one of them. Overall 2.7-million tons fruit are exported globally, and 110 000 of it go to China. That is 300 000 jobs locally in the fruit industry, that’s along the value chain, from the farm to where it ends with the consumer.Tell us about the South African exporters.KL: The 12 companies include the following:We have companies that buy fruit from the farmers;Other produce their own fruit and buy from different farmers;Lastly, we have cooperatives, a group working together producing fruit. Then they have a marketing company advertising for them.The exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.The major producers come from the Western Cape, because it has a unique environment.Are any of the fruit sent to China being genetically modified?KL: We don’t produce genetically modified fruit in South Africa.How can an entrepreneur or any other farmer(s) get their fruit exported?KL: There is room for new exporters, especially in terms of transformation. The Fresh Produce Exporters’ forum is an association for developing new entries within the export market. It is a challenging process to get into exports, because it is not an easy industry.Anyone interested in exports, can contact me.Will China export any of their fruit to South Africa?KL: They also want to send fruit. We are counter season to them. So, when we are harvesting, they have winter there. Selling fruit to them won’t be a major issue. Our department of agriculture is considering citrus from them. We are not competing with them.Is there anything you would like to add?KL: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access.This is in line with what our country’s National Development Plan 2030 wants to achieve. We have identified a commodity, are increasing volumes to create jobs, and are opening the a market for our produce.We appreciate the effort of the government to open the market, and that they are creating a good relationship with the Chinese government.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

UP coach Perasol not focused on standings as race to Final Four heats up

first_imgRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And although Jasper Parker tied the game with 32.9 seconds remaining, Paul Desiderio delivered another clutch triple with 1.1 seconds left that eventually gave UP the victory.“This was a morale-boosting win for us, these struggles are the things we need to experience for us to grow,” said Perasol. “The most important thing is that we have a a goal in mind and that is to uplift our program.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 All the potential intricacies, though, are far from UP head coach Bo Perasol’s mind with the Fighting Maroons more concerned with just simply winning the game that’s next on their schedule.“In fact we’re not thinking and we’re not talking about the standings,” said Perasol in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “It will give us undue pressure so we just talk about enjoying the game and making sure we’ll have a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd UP’s path to its fifth win involved erasing a 10-point deficit, 49-39, midway through the fourth quarter against the Tamaraws.Jun Manzo capped off the Fighting Maroons’ 17-4 run with a floater that gave UP a 56-53 lead with 38 seconds left in the game. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen University of the Philippines snatched a victory over Far Eastern University on Saturday, the Fighting Maroons also boosted their chances of barging into the Final Four.The Fighting Maroons tied the Tamaraws for the fourth spot with a 5-6 record, a major morale booster heading into the last four games of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa GlobalPort ships Robbie Herndon to Star in 3-on-1 swap Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

LFW Winter/Festive 2014: Shape shifters

first_imgDesigners at Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, which is being held at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai, left no stone unturned in playing with silhouettes as their fashion staple. The mega-fashion event started off with a bang on Tuesday evening as Amit Aggarwal, whose futurtistic ensembles won praise from Bollywood and Hollywood hotties alike, showcased a collection that continued from where he left off.Fitted full-length dresses boasted opaque metallic panels in watery hues, along with criss-crossing structured peplums, beaded patterns and circular disc detailing around the mid-riff. Armour-like tops, pre-stitched saris, full length skirts and even a gold lehenga were complemented by specially crafted ear flaps and hair pieces to add tribal drama. The red wing-like balloon sleeves and blue tasselled burqalike veil deserve special mention.Bollywood showstoppers and silhouettes ruled the ramp on the first day.Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen stunned the audience as the showstopper, fitted in a sexy nude and black fullsleeved dress with an open panelled skirt. Smokey eyes and nude lips completed the divas look, who later shared, “Sexy is what sexy does, and that’s why I love Amit’s clothes because I feel sexy wearing them.” She further added, “When I first saw his collections, I asked him which is the show stopper outfit as each and every outfit looks like a showstopper outfit.” Meanwhile, Aggarwal stated, “The idea started with the concept of women who live their life on their own terms. Of course, Sushmita Sen was the first person I thought of.”In sharp contrast, 25-year-old Masaba Gupta brought flower power to the runway with her collection titled ‘Wandress’ which, she stated, was “inspired by a free-spirited woman who loves travel and food.” Skater dresses, bell bottom trousers with pleated flare, ankle length pencil skirts, off shoulder tops, pre-stitched saris and plunging maxis were treated to styles and prints of the past such as pansies and concentric circles. However, while retro fashion was the keyword, it didn’t translate too well in the cut of the garments.advertisementActress and Celebrity Big Brother 5 winner Shilpa Shetty walked the ramp in a blue, white and gold printed cut-out gown with an attached dupatta drape. The yummy mummy sported a bouffant bun with smokey eyes and strappy black heels. She later commented, “I’ve always been a fan of Masaba, especially since she helped style me when I was 83 kilos from being pregnant, and that requires real talent! I wish her all the luck in the future.”Designer Manish Malhotra was spotted in the front row for both the shows, as were TV hosts Shibani Dandekar and Maria Goretti. On Wednesday, the much awaited INIFD Gen-Next show presented six young designers at their creative best. Young designer Dhruv Kapoor led the way with his luxury sport capsule collection that leaned towards unstructured fits, including relaxed pea coats, slacks, ‘A’ line skirts and boxy shirts. Digitally printed foliage patterns and a shirt with fur detailed front kept the show edgy. Meanwhile young gun Kristy de Cunha translated her inspiration of Frida Kahlo into a strikingly peppy and vibrant collection that featured giant roses, embroidered hearts and sketches of the artist painted by de Cunha which she later had printed on the garments.Arunima Majhi presented a show inspired by the Venus flytrap with watercolour flowers handpainted by artists and printed onto smart tops with pleated backs, trousers, caped sleeves and skirts. Meanwhile, designer Neha Agarwal made a statement with tribal-esque dresses, leather bodysuits and elaborate headgear that took as much time and effort to have created as did the ensembles. While Anuj Bhutani presented a smart and preppy collection for men, Surbhi Shekhar played with suede and threadwork.As for Archana Rao’s label ‘Frou Frou’, it combined hand weaves with pretty tulle drapes that were based on the culture of Japan. The black-and-white striped ensemble with a pastel blue tulle and pink embroidered top skirt maintained a smart yet pretty appeal. It was Yogesh Chaudhary’s ‘Surendri’ that packed a punch with massive sunflowers being the central motif of the inspiration, a Haryanvi summer. Making a subliminal connection with Van Gogh’s painted works, colour blocked maxi dresses, jumpsuits, pleated skirts, fitted dresses and a kimono adapted overcoat kept the collection fresh and feminine. A modern lehenga with a sunflower printed white crop top and an emerald green and gold detailing dupatta was the showstopping ensemble of the show.last_img read more

10 months agoBarnes swoops to earn Burnley crucial win at Huddersfield

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barnes swoops to earn Burnley crucial win at Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley produced a critical victory at Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night.The Clarets’ win, their second in three days, was sealed when Ashley Barnes slotted home midway through the second half from Ashley Westwood’s pass.Huddersfield had taken the lead through Steve Mounie’s header in the 33rd minute but conceded an equaliser and had Christopher Schindler sent off within two minutes before half-time.Wood met Dwight McNeil’s low cross from the left six yards out and swept in for his fifth goal of the season.Schindler, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Wood, was then shown a second yellow card for hauling down McNeil on the edge of the penalty area.Defeat means bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield are eight points from safety. last_img read more

Factories Corporation to Develop Over 1.5 Million Square Feet of Space

first_img Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who made the announcement, said 30 per cent of the space will be dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises. Story Highlights “At Garmex Free Zone, the largest commercial complex in the island, prospective investors demanded 241,000 square feet of production space. This high demand for space is also reflected in the increase in occupancy from 86 per cent to 93 per cent over the last 12 months, in FCJ facilities,” he indicated. The Government has mandated the Factories of Jamaica (FCJ) to implement three projects to develop more than 1.5 million square feet of space over the next three to five years, which will be dedicated to commercial and industrial enterprises The Government has mandated the Factories of Jamaica (FCJ) to implement three projects to develop more than 1.5 million square feet of space over the next three to five years, which will be dedicated to commercial and industrial enterprisesAmong the engagements expected to be facilitated are agro-processing, business process outsourcing (BPO), manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who made the announcement, said 30 per cent of the space will be dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises.He was speaking during his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20), under the theme ‘Prosperity in Action’.There is increased demand for commercial/production space, which Mr. Holness said totalled 470,000 square feet in 2017.“At Garmex Free Zone, the largest commercial complex in the island, prospective investors demanded 241,000 square feet of production space. This high demand for space is also reflected in the increase in occupancy from 86 per cent to 93 per cent over the last 12 months, in FCJ facilities,” he indicated.Mr. Holness pointed out that Garmex Free Zone in Kingston sits on 52.7 acres of land, 8.7 acres of which is unused green field “which is ripe for development”.He informed that the design of the existing buildings is “flat” construction, and will be redesigned to create multilevel structures of higher capacity.Mr. Holness said phase one of the project will entail the construction of 360,000 square feet across 14 buildings of varying sizes.He indicated that the FCJ has completed the design and received the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) approval to construct three new structures in this phase with a total of 60,000 square feet.Mr. Holness said the FCJ has also received full approval from the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC), adding that “the procurement process has already started and these buildings are expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2019”.In relation to Morant Bay’s revitalisation incorporating the establishment of a new urban centre at the former Goodyear tyre factory, the Prime Minister advised that the FCJ has also received PIMSEC’s conditional approval for this project and is waiting Cabinet’s go-ahead for the joint-venture agreement.last_img read more