Monthly Archives: March 2016

28 MW Genius Tracker™ Ordered from GameChange Solar for Southeast

NEW YORK, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — GameChange Solar announced that it has received an order from a leading nationwide developer/installer for a 28 MW Genius Tracker™ single axis tracker system to be installed in the southeastern United States in the second quarter.

Lizzy Aldridge, Director of Business Development for GameChange Solar, stated: “Power density and fast installation are helping Genius Tracker™ win large utility scale orders. We expect to see accelerated demand worldwide as customers learn about the unparalleled value and installation speed of Genius Tracker™.”

Genius Tracker(TM) in Western USA.

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GENIUS TRACKER™

Changing The Game for Single Axis Solar Trackers

BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Breakthrough Technology Enables Lowest Cost and Highest Reliability Tracker with Fastest Install and Lowest O&M Cost

LEADING BANKABILITY
Black & Veatch Technical Assessment, CPP Wind Tunnel Tested and Rated 150mph, ETL/UL 2703 Testing Completed April 2016

HIGHEST POWER DENSITY
Highest Power Density of Any Single Axis Tracker, 99.3% Panel Density on Rows Vs. 94.0% Best Competitor

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GREATEST RELIABILITY
Robust Linear Actuator Drive System Has 40 Year Operating Life and is IP 66 Rated for Operation in Harsh Environmental Conditions

ULTRA-EFFICIENT INSTALLATION
Every Drive Actuator Has its Own Battery Backup and Wirelessly Linked Controllers, Eliminating All Trenching, Tru3D-Gimbal™ Bearings Account for Pile Installation Being Out of Plumb, Out of Azimuth and Out of Vertical & East-West Alignment

LEAST MAINTENANCE
Self-Powered Rows Eliminate Central Drive, Allow for Uninterrupted Grass Cutting and Panel Washing

FASTEST INSTALLING TRACKER
10 Person Crew Installs 1.70 MW Trackers and Panels Per Week

About GameChange Solar

GameChange Solar LLC manufactures fixed tilt and tracker solar racking systems. GameChange systems are able to combine fast installation, bankable quality and unbeatable value through superior engineering, innovative design and high volume manufacturing.

www.gamechangesolar.com

Contact:
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lizzy.aldridge@gamechangesolar.com
+1-212-388-5176
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+1-212-388-5182

South Africa: President Respects Concourt Judgment, Says Government

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has noted and respects the judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court and its findings relating to the Public Protector Report on Nkandla, the President’s homestead.

In a statement issued shortly after the judgment was handed down on Thursday, government said in a statement that the President appreciates and reaffirms the powers of the Constitutional Court as a final arbiter on matters of the Constitution in the Republic of South Africa.

“The President will reflect on the judgement and its implications on the state and government, and will in consultation with other impacted institutions of state determine the appropriate action.

“The President and government remain confident that our constitutional democracy remains strong and intact and affirms the Chapter 9 institutions established to strengthen and support the country’s democracy,” it said.

Government said it will in due course communicate further on the matter.

Source: All Africa

South African Court Orders Zuma to Pay Up

JOHANNESBURG –

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ordered President Jacob Zuma to repay some of the $16 million in public funds used for upgrades at his private home. The ruling Thursday comes as authorities investigate Zuma for another more recent scandal, alleged undue influence given to the wealthy Gupta family.

Handing down the Constitutional Court judgment on Thursday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said President Zuma violated the constitution when he ignored the public protector’s order to pay back some of the money used to build non-security features at his private home.

“The failure by the president to comply with remedial action taken against him by the public protector in her report of 19 March 2014 is inconsistent with Section 83 (b) of the constitution and is invalid,” Mogoeng said.

The court gave the National Treasury 60 days to determine how much Zuma should pay. Mogoeng said once the court receives the Treasury’s report, Zuma will have to pay.

“The president must personally pay the amount determined by the National Treasury within 45 days of this court’s signification of its approval of the report,” Mogoeng said.

ANC also draws fire

The court also had harsh words for the National Assembly where the ruling African National Congress allegedly shielded Zuma from paying back the money.

“The resolution passed by the National Assembly absolving the president from compliance with the remedial action taken by the public protector is invalid and is set aside,” Mogoeng said.

The Democratic Alliance Party and the Economic Freedom Fighters Party have pledged to impeach Zuma and remove him from office for violating the constitution.

Both the ANC and President Zuma have issued statements welcoming the judgment, saying they respect it.

Political analyst Levy Ndou said Zuma’s fate is in the hands of the majority ANC Party in parliament.

“If they come out clearly and say the state president has breached his oath of office, that will provide sufficient reasons for parliament to move for a motion of no confidence on the state president,” Ndou said.

The judgment has created more problems for the already embattled president. The country’s elite police unit is also investigating Zuma’s son for allegedly helping the wealthy Gupta family influence the appointment of ministers.

The probe follows claims by some government officials that people involved with the Gupta family’s extensive business holdings offered them ministerial posts. The ruling ANC is also investigating, which analysts say could further hurt President Zuma’s standing.

Source: Voice of America

BMW Group And United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations (UNAOC) Announce Finalists For The Intercultural Innovation Award

NEW YORK and MUNICH, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/– Ten projects have been named finalists by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group for the Intercultural Innovation Award. The selection process was highly competitive, with close to 1000 applications received from 120 countries.

Selected projects come from all over the world, representing countries across five continents and underlining the importance of the Intercultural Innovation Award and its commitment to the worldwide promotion of intercultural diversity and understanding.

Finalists this year include (in alphabetical order): The Blessing Basket Project (USA), The Coexist Initiative (Kenya), Give Something Back to Berlin e.V. (Germany), International Council for Cultural Centers (Bulgaria), On Our Radar (UK), Red Dot Foundation (India), Routes 2 Roots (India), Shine a Light (Brazil/USA), SINGA (France) and Unistream (Israel).

By supporting sustainable and innovative intercultural grassroots projects with the potential for expansion and replication, the Intercultural Innovation Award aims to contribute to peace, cultural diversity and more inclusive societies.  Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between UNAOC and the BMW Group. This model of collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project.

Final rankings will be announced during the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25-27, 2016. The official award ceremony will take place on 26 April and will be chaired by H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Bill McAndrews, Vice President BMW Group Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications, in the presence of a number of officials from the host Government and the United Nations.

In case of enquiries please contact:

Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Spokesperson BMW Group Corporate Social Responsibility
Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Fax: +49-89-382-24418, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de

Alessandro Girola, UNAOC, Programming Coordinator
Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, Fax: +1-929-274-6233, alessandrog@unops.org

Internet: www.press.bmw.de
E-mail: presse@bmw.de

GATES FOUNDATION LAUNCHING 600 ONLINE LIBRARIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

By Ditaba Tsotetsi

JOHANNESBURG, March 30 (NNN-SABC) — More than 600 online libraries will be launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation across South Africa.

The first state-of-the-art online library was launched in Sharpeville on the Vaal Rand, about 70 kilometres south of here, Tuesday. It has received computer equipment valued at 470,000 Rand (about 30,400 US dollars).

The Director of Global Libraries at the Gates Foundation, Deborah Jacobs, said it was important for everyone and especially for people who are disadvantaged.

“Public libraries which are everywhere just like in South Africa could be the place where people could go for equalization and get the skills,” said Jacobs/

She added that recently, the foundation had conducted a survey in South Africa for library users and it revealed that 85 per cent of library users said their health improved because of using the information at the library.

Source: SABC