New Residential Requirement to Lift California Solar Sales 14% FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:California made national news this week in becoming the first state to require that solar be installed on virtually all new homes. The California Energy Commission approved the proposal on May 9, as part of an update to the state’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The codes apply to all new residences and major home renovations on buildings under three stories, beginning in 2020.For the U.S. solar industry, the new standards are expected to boost residential solar sales 14 percent over a four-year timeframe from 2020 through 2023, according to a new analysis from GTM Research. That’s an upside of nearly 650 megawatts (DC) compared to GTM’s base-case forecast for the residential solar segment.According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), nearly 75,000 new homes are expected to be built statewide in 2020. Based on that analysis, new-build solar will account for 23 percent of new installations in 2020 — or 222 megawatts.While the average residential solar system size in California is 6.8 kilowatts, GTM Research assumes a system size of 3 kilowatts for new-build residential solar, based on CEC assumptions for the energy efficiency of new homes and historical data from the CEC’s New Solar Homes Partnership. These solar systems are smaller because new homes are more efficient, and they will become increasingly so as new efficiency requirements for things like lighting and ventilation also take effect in 2020.According to a report conducted by Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. on behalf of the CEC, solar system sizes under the new rules will range from 2.7 kilowatts in seaside San Diego to 5.7 kilowatts in sizzling Palm Springs. The upside for the solar industry could also be greater depending on solar trends.More: California Rooftop Solar Mandate To Boost Sales 14% Over 4 Years
Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has joined a consortium to develop trade data sharing platform using blockchain technology.The consortium, in which NTT DATA Corporation serves as the administrative office, is comprised of 14 trade-related companies such as banking, insurance, total logistics providers and export/import companies.Current trading practices rely heavily on bills of lading and other documents. This creates burdens such as additional time to complete procedures and requires additional labor and costs.MOL said that this program aims to increase convenience for customers by using blockchain technology to make information flow more smoothly through corporations and across business categories and making trade-related office procedures swifter and more efficient.The formation of this consortium is Japan’s first initiative on using blockchain technology on trade-related operations.Parties to the consortium are Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Marubeni Corporation, MOL, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc./ Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Nippon Express Company, NTT DATA Corporation, NYK Line, Sojitz Corporation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance and Toyota Tsusho Corporation.As stated in its “Rolling Plan 2017” management plan, MOL emphasizes closely monitoring trends in ICT technology and takes a proactive stance in introducing cutting-edge technologies.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hilary Beckles, has been named as one of two Caribbean representatives on the board of directors of the Global Center for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management (GCTRCM).Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, Earl Jarrett, is the second regional representative to the GCTRCM that along with a virtual Observatory, emerged from discussions at last November’s United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference held in here in Montego Bay.One of three outcomes It is one of three tangible outcomes contained in the 15-point Montego Bay Declaration, and aims to assess, plan-for, forecast, mitigate and manage risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management. These include climate change, epidemics and pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism.It is expected that the targeted interventions will be realized through research and development; advocacy and communication; program/project design and management; training; and capacity building.The Observatory, to be housed in the Center, aims to support policymakers and businesses in developing better strategies for a more competitive global tourism sector.Located at UWI, MonaBartlett said that the GCTRCM, which will be sited at the UWI Mona Campus, will be formally launched and full Board announced during a conference coinciding with the Caribbean Marketplace Expo in Montego Bay, from January 29-31, 2019.He said the other board members include Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom, Lee Miles; chief executive officer of the Chesterfield Group of Hotels, one of Europe’s well-established hotel chains, Brett Holman; chief executive officer at Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and former United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, who will serve as Chairman pro tem (temporarily).“So, the (composition of the) board is seeing some really powerful persons across the world offering to assist and we continue with partners to get a few others. We are looking at (appointing) no more than 13 persons,” Bartlett said, adding that there are other names but they have not committed as yet.Bartlett said that several universities have agreed to partner with the Government on engagements involving the Center, including the UK-based Bournemouth University; Queensland University in Australia; the Hong Kong Polytechnic; and the US-based George Washington University.He said representatives of these universities will be involved in the development and publishing of an academic journal focusing on tourism industry disruptions, crisis management and resilience.Bartlett said the publication, which will be the first output following the launch, will be supported by published academics on various aspects related to the subject areas.