News Article | September 3, 2012
It’s Labor Day in the U.S.A. which means you’re probably all hanging out by the pool, barbecuing, drinking, and doing stupid stuff as a way to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers in the past. It doesn’t really make sense, but who cares. When you get back to work tomorrow though, break time is over. To help you get back into the swing off things, we’ve rounded up the 10 best productivity apps for iOS. OmniFocus – $19.99 – This is one of the most powerful and detailed productivity apps you’ll be able to find for the iPhone and iPad. Whether it’s a shopping list, items for a work discussion, things to do at home, OmniFocus can handle it and help you do it quicker. Evernote – free – If you find yourself forgetting stuff a lot, you really should used Evernote. You can write quick notes to yourself and view them on pretty much any device on any platform. It’s great, plus it’s free, which is really nice. Dropbox – free – Why aren’t you using Dropbox yet? Seriously. It’s simple and easy to use, and you won’t have to mess with thumb-drives or any other sort of physical storage anymore. Just open the iOS app and toss a document in it and you can view it on any screen with an internet connection. Clear – $2.99 – Some apps try to cram as many features as possible, but Clear takes the opposite approach by aiming for simplicity. It’s a task management app with a fun, clean, interface that is easy to use. LogMeIn – free with account – If you’re away from your house and really need to get something from your home computer, this is the app you need because it allows you to access your computer from anywhere. RunKeeper – free – Getting in shape and keeping track of your progress doesn’t have to be a hassle. here’s a lot to like about this app besides its uncluttered interface. It’s got recordable tracks, lap timers, voice announcements, a pace graph and even a button to snap geotoagged photos. Of course, everything can be saved to RunKeeper.com for storage and analysis. Wunderlist – free – One of the best things about Wunderlist is that it’s focused on collaboration. Most of us have colleagues that we work with on projects, so staying focused as a team is important to get a job done. Wunderlist helps you collaborate more efficiently. 1Password – $14.99 – Someone needs to calculate the percentage of our lifetime that we spend entering password. It’s got to add up to nearly a year, right? 1Password basically alleviates all those problems by storing your passwords and logging you in automatically to websites without compromising your security by saving the password in the browser. iThoughts – $7.99 – Brainstorming sessions don’t have to be limited to paper, and if you have your iPhone or iPad with you, you can get a lot of your thoughts mapped out with iThoughts so you don’t forget them. Mint – free – With all the work you’re going to get done and extra money you’ll be saving or earning, Mint will keep track of it all for you, to make sure you don’t blow all your dough before a new Apple product comes out.
News Article | March 4, 2016
SunEdison is expected to continue its selling spree, as it looks to offload equity interest in a landmark solar power project in India. According to media reports, SunEdison is planning to sell its equity stake in a 500 MW solar power project that it secured rights to develop in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India last year. The project, auctioned under the central government policy of National Solar Mission, will be the largest solar power project in India developed by a single company. SunEdison secured the rights to develop the 500 MW project at a tariff of Rs 4.63/kWh. This was the first time in India, a company had secured a winning bid of lower than Rs 5.00/kWh (US¢7.7/kWh). The 500 MW auction was oversubscribed 10.5 times. A total of 30 prospective project developers submitted bids for a total of 5.5 GW capacity. Some of the foreign developers were among the first-time participants in an India solar power auction. While subsequent auctions saw tariff bids slip to as low as Rs 4.34/kWh but several observers had questioned the low tariff bid by SunEdison. But company officials clarified that they were confident of seeing the project through. The fact that a state-owned company that also happens to be the largest power generation company in India will be buying power from the project has increased SunEdison’s confidence in the project. SunEdison believes that having NTPC Limited as part of the project will help it secure debt finance at 50 basis points lower than market norm. Now, however, the company seems to have recalculated its risks, and following increasing strain in the balance sheet, which led it to sell several of its assets worldwide, SunEdison is looking to offload some equity stake in the project. At current market conditions, the 500 MW project is expected to require a total investment of Rs 3,000 crore (US$450 million). As per tender rules, SunEdison can sell up to 49% stake in the project which could valued at around Rs 1,470 crore (US$220 million). Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.” Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | January 25, 2016
Another auction, another record low bid for solar power projects in India. Once again, an international project developer has placed a record-low tariff bid for solar PV project in India. The new low of US¢6.5 per kWh has been discovered in the competitive auctions under India’s National Solar Mission. The new tariff is around 8% higher than the global record low tariff of US¢5.98 per kWh bid by a AWCA Power-led consortium for 200 MW phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. The tariff bids was placed by a subsidiary of Fortum Energy. The auction was organised by India’s largest power generator NTPC Limited. The projects allocated will form part of the Badla solar power park that will have total capacity of 420 MW. A number of factors worked in favour of this correction in tariff, even though most experts had believed that the bids had now bottomed out. Rajasthan is the leading state in India in terms of installed solar power capacity and boasts over 1.2 GW capacity, of the total 5 GW capacity operational in India. Rajasthan has attractive land lease policies and land cost, which forms a major part of the total capital cost, and which is lower than in most states. As several power plants are already operational and are concentrated in a few specific areas of the state, the power evacuation system is also robust for new projects. Late last year, SunEdison and SB Energy quoted the lowest tariffs of US¢6.9 per kWh in two separate auctions. SunEdison bagged a 500 MW project in an auction also organised by NTPC Limited in Andhra Pradesh. SB Energy, a company backed by SoftBank, Foxconn and Bharti Enterprises, secured 350 MW capacity in neighbouring state of Telangana. SunEdison had stated that since the long-term power purchase agreement will be signed with a government-owned company (NTPC Limited) financial institutions might reduce the cost of debt. International projects developers are leading the way in driving down the tariffs as they are likely to have comparatively easier access to low-cost finance from development banks. Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.” Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | January 22, 2016
The latest auction of solar energy capacity in India has achieved a new record low price of 4.34 rupees/kWh, prompting the country’s energy minister Piyush Goyal to say that solar tariffs are now cheaper than coal-fired generation. The results of a reverse auction tender of 420MW of solar capacity conducted by the Rajasthan government revealed this week that Finnish group Fortum Energy bid the lowest price of 4.34 rupees/kWh for a 70MW solar PV plant. It is the lowest price obtained so far in India, which aims to install more than 100GW of solar by 2022, and was hailed by Goyal as a sign that solar power is now cheaper than coal power. “Through transparent auctions with a ready provision of land, transmission and the like, solar tariffs have come down below thermal power cost,” Goyal said in a tweet. In a later tweet, Goyal said: “We are moving rapidly towards realising the clean energy vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” In a week in which it was revealed that China’s coal consumption for electricity had slumped 3.5 per cent last year, it is a further bad sign for Australia’s coal exporters. The Fortum bid betters the previous low of 4.63 rupees/kWh made by the US-based SunEdison, the world’s biggest developer of renewable energy power plants, for a 500MW plant in Andra Pradesh last November. Like many such auction results, the Sun-Edison bid was dismissed as irrational. But it was matched a month later in a different auction in December by SkyPower. Fortum’s offer was also no outlier. The bid was nearly matched by Rising Sun Energy (which bid 4.35 rupees for two blocks), France’s Solairedirect (also two blocks for 4.35 rupees a unit) and Yarrow Infrastructure ( a 70MW plant for 4.36 rupees). “This (Rs 4.34 a unit) is the lowest solar tariff so far in India. This has happened because of confidence in the balance sheet of NTPC and solar parks that come with all clearances and confidence in the market,” new and renewable energy joint secretary Tarun Kapoor said. The bids are also not subject to price indexation. Tim Buckley, from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) wrote last month that this means a potential 5 per cent annual real price decline is contractually in place for the next 25 years, a significant long tail advantage of renewable energy. “India currently has over 4.4GW of installed utility solar capacity, and solar consultancy Bridge to India estimates another 16GW of tenders have been allocated or are in the process of tendering, much which we expect to be operational by 2017 at the latest. Rooftop solar is also on a steep upward trajectory in 2016,” Buckley wrote. “After only 1GW of solar installs in each of 2013/14 and 2014/15, IEEFA estimates 2015/16 installs will more than double to 2.5GW, double again in 2016/17 to 5-6GW and then 9GW by 2017/18. By 2021/22, we forecast cumulative installs of solar to exceed 80GW – close to the Indian Government’s target of 100GW set one year ago.” Reprinted with permission. Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.” Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | January 29, 2016
India’s largest power generating company, NTPC Limited, is on an expansive spree to launch solar power tenders under the country’s National Solar Mission. Yet another large-scale solar power tender has been launched by NTPC Limited to set up a solar power park in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The tender will involve allocation of six solar power projects with 125 MW capacity each. NTPC has successfully allocated projects in several large-scale solar power parks in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and most recently, Rajasthan. All these tenders are part of the National Solar Mission. The last three auctions by NTPC – two in Andhra Pradesh and one in Rajasthan – have brought down solar power tariffs to record low levels. An auction of 500 MW capacity in Andhra Pradesh, results for which were announced in early November 2015, saw SunEdison secure the entire capacity at a historic low tariff of Rs 4.63/kWh (US¢6.91/kWh). A month later, SB Energy (a three-way joint venture company between SoftBank, Foxconn, and Bharti Enterprises) matched this tariff to secure part of the 350 MW capacity on offer. Earlier this year, NTPC announced results of yet another tender where 420 MW capacity was on offer. The solar power park is set to come up in the north-western state of Rajasthan. Another foreign project developer pushed the tariff to fresh low of Rs 4.34/kWh (US¢6.5/kWh). A number of these solar power parks are part of India’s ultra mega solar power programme wherein over 2 dozen solar power projects will be set up across various states. The combined installed capacity of these projects will be around 20 GW. The programme is critical to India’s target to have 100 GW of operational solar power capacity by March 2022. Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.” Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.