FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Zambia’s state-owned electricity company Zesco Ltd has signed contracts worth $548 million with Power China to develop three solar power plants that will add 600 megawatts (MW) to the national grid, the company said in a statement.The three contracts are a step towards diversifying renewable energy for Zambia, which relies heavily on hydropower and has faced electricity shortages partly because of droughts.“The three-grid solar PV projects will have a capacity of 200 MW each,” Zesco Managing Director Victor Mundende said in the statement. He added the power plants would boost access to electricity and enhance industrial development, although he did not say when they would start generating.Zambia’s power supply deficit has grown by nearly 20% since September, state power utility Zesco said in March, despite hefty price hikes and the government’s fast-tracking of support for green energy projects.Zesco’s Director of Corporate Services Patrick Mwila said in March the electricity deficit had grown to 810 megawatts (MW) from a 690 MW gap in September last year.[Chris Mfula]More: Zambia’s Zesco, Chinese firm sign $548 mln solar power contracts Zambia’s state-owned utility contracts with Power China to develop 600MW of solar generation
A tribute for five OutstandingNegrense awardees will highlight this year’s celebration. Cinco de Noviembre is celebrated tohonor Negrenses’ revolt against the Spanish colonizers on Nov. 5, 1898. Theuprising led to the surrender of the Spanish troops in the province and theestablishment of the short-lived Negros Republic reuniting Negros Occidentaland Oriental./PN BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental willmark in various rites today the 121st anniversary of Cinco de Noviembre incommemoration of Negros’ revolution against Spanish colonizers. Republic Act 6709 declares every Nov.5 a special nonworking holiday in Negros Occidental. The provincial government will hold aprogram this morning at the capitol’s Social Hall.
-Smith, Barnwell stand out among starsGUYANA Jaguars wrapped up an emphatic 10 wicket win over Leeward Hurricanes to get their 2020 Regional 4-Day title defence off to a great start.The Jags racked up 388 runs in their first innings thanks to half-centuries from top-scorer, Chris Barnwell, who led with 82, captain Leon Johnson and openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul.Leewards then stumbled in their chase as they ran into a hostile Niall Smith who snatched 6 wickets with his steamy right-arm pace on red-ball debut for the Champs.Jahmar Hamilton led the resistance with 53 amongst a dismal batting card. After being skittled out for 155 in their 1st innings, Hurricanes bounced back thanks to a sublime 99 from Windies opener Kieran Powell.The left-hander shared a 150-plus run opening stand with Montcin Hodge who hit 62. However, after gaining just a slight lead of 20, following their 2nd innings 254-10, Guyana then knocked off their target in no time.The Jags earlier operated with a pack-like mentality as the wickets were shared evenly among the frontline bowlers.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer both returned identical figures of 3-55 while speedsters Smith grabbed two as he ended the match with 8 wickets in total and keon Joseph who also bagged a pair.The match came to a calm end as Hemraj stroked a four in his score of 8 not out while Chandepaul was the unorthodox aggressor of the two, smashing a six and two fours as he raced to 14 off 11; sealing an exceptional win for the 5-time defending champions. (Clifton Ross)