Spain pushes clean energy decree to speed renewable rollout

first_imgSpain’s cabinet approved on Tuesday a decree aimed at smoothing the rollout of renewable energy generation, with measures to combat speculation in the market, cut red tape and overhaul an outdated auction system to reassure investors and lower prices.Spain wants to make use of rich natural resources including prodigious sunlight both to reduce pollution and create jobs, in response to the devastation the coronavirus has wrought on an economy that relies heavily on tourism and cars.It follows plans being developed by the European Union (EU) to use low-carbon investments to battle the downturn. Spain is working on joining a handful of wealthy nations embedding targeted emissions reductions into law. One area the decree aims to address is control over permits to pump power into the grid, which renewable developers complain are being hoarded for profit, pushing up the cost of establishing new solar plants or wind farms.Responding to the fact that around 60% of outstanding requests for these permits appear to be purely speculative, the Energy and Environment Ministry said it would oblige holders to prove they were building plants or risk losing a deposit.Power auctions will now be based on the price of energy, a structure the ministry said would allow developers to better plan investments and revenue, and reduce the eventual price of electricity for consumers.Simplifying other permitting processes should help generate jobs across the supply chain, the ministry said, adding 90% of the components of a wind turbine and 65% of a solar plant can be produced in Spain.The measures were presented as an urgent decree, meaning they are likely to be approved unchanged by parliament in the coming days.  Topics :last_img read more

Spanish castle hidden in the Noosa hinterland

first_imgThe home has a strong Spanish feel. One of several outdoor spaces to relax in. 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan Qld 4562EVERY home may well be a castle, but this family has taken that to heart, resulting in a Spanish “castle” hidden in a Queensland forest.Sitting on the edge of a ridge in the Noosa hinterland, the solid three-level property sits fortress-like looking over surrounding forest. It’s solid, with concrete floors, walls and in the lower levels even concrete ceilings too, according to agent Alex Harris of Noosa4Sale.“It is an imposing house built in the Spanish style, and incredibly, built of concrete,” she told The Courier-Mail.Located just a 10-minute drive from Noosaville, the four bedroom, three bathroom home at 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan, has been priced to sell at $1.2m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe light terracotta feel stands out against the vivid greenery surrounding it.“This is a great family home — there is nothing precious about it. Kids and dogs can run through it — you won’t hear it, they can’t ruin the floor. “And while there is no media room, each bedroom is massive, with plenty of room for desks, TVs, play areas and room for sleep overs. And who wouldn’t want to have a sleep over in a Spanish Castle?” GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Unlike many real castles, this home has aircon, instant gas hot water, gas cooktop, 5kW solar power, 90,000 litres of rainwater storage and an envirocycle waste system.“The current owners love it, and parting with it has been a difficult decision, but they want to pack the kids up and travel around Australia for a year or two so the house has to go,” Ms Harris said.“While the property looks like it is mostly impenetrable forest, it has walking trails cut through to the spring-fed dam, and into the bush reserve at the rear boundary.“There are so many lovely outdoor rooms. My favourite is the conversation pit atop the concrete rainwater tanks. It is just such a great use of the area. But nothing can beat a 12m by 7m terrace on the top floor with views to Noosa.” The acreage property is on the edge of a forest reserve. The little touches transport this home to another continent. Great spot for a party.The home has a Mediterranean herb garden and more than enough room to build a pool should you want one close to the house.Ms Harris called it “an idyllic sanctuary for free-range children and adults alike”.“The garage is huge and is designed to fit two cars parked in tandem each side, or as the current owners have, collectors car and boat on one side, car, bar and pool table the other. “The cellar and additional storage under the house is also quite amazing. The house itself is an adventure.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

African players in Europe: ‘Diving’ Salah under fire

first_imgMohamed Salah. PHOTO via  @LivEchoLFC Paris, France | AFP | Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah was compared to British Olympic diver Tom Daley at the weekend after winning the penalty that sealed a 2-0 victory for title-chasing Liverpool at lowly Cardiff.The exaggerated fall by the reigning African Footballer of the Year angered Cardiff manager Neil Warnock as the Reds took a two-point lead over Manchester City.Salah and attack partner Sadio Mane from Senegal failed to score, but Ivorian Wilfried Zaha and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted as Crystal Palace upset Arsenal 3-2.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The striker found himself being compared to British diver Tom Daley by the frustrated Cardiff manager after earning the penalty converted by James Milner that secured the Premier League title-chasing Reds a 2-0 win in the Welsh capital. The forward was clearly grappled inside the area by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison but the exaggerated fall left Warnock bemoaning how he had made the most of the opportunity the Bluebirds had given him.  “I think the end of it was a 9.9 Tom Daley job. I don’t think he could have got much higher off the diving board at the end of it,” said the veteran manager.WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)Going from Crystal Palace straight to the Champions League may seem like a big leap but it is one the forward has said he wants to make at the end of the season. The Eagles star gave a glimpse of his class in a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal, providing a fine cross which Christian Benteke ballooned over the crossbar. He then scored their second goal after making the most of a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)The former African Footballer of the Year gave his side hope of rescuing a point against Palace when he scored their second goal — his 24th of the season — in the 77th minute but that incisive burst was as good as it got for the Gunners.SPAINSOFIANE BOUFAL (Celta Vigo)Moroccan striker Boufal scored a stunning winner as Celta beat Girona 2-1 in La Liga. Boufal dribbled in from the left and curled the ball into the corner for his third goal of the season to give Celta what could prove a crucial victory against one of their rivals in the battle against relegation.KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Villarreal)/NABIL EL ZHAR (Leganes)Cameroon forward Ekambi scored his 17th goal of the season to help Villarreal beat Leganes 2-1. Toko Ekambi guided a shot into the far corner to give Villarreal a two-goal lead before Moroccan El Zhar converted a late penalty to give Leganes brief hope of a comeback. Victory sends Villarreal up to 14th, four points clear of the relegation places. ITALYHAMED JUNIOR TRAORE (Empoli)Ivorian Traore scored his first senior goal in Italy for relegation-threatened Empoli in a 4-2 defeat by SPAL. On loan from Fiorentina to Empoli, where he has played since 2017, the 19-year-old collected a Levan Mchedlidze pass to fire in from just outside the box on 47 minutes.GERMANYISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)Hoffenheim’s towering Algerian midfielder continued his superb form in 2019, scoring twice in a 5-2 win over Schalke. Belfodil scored either side of half-time to make it seven goals in his last four games and take his tally to 11 this year.SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivorian veteran missed several chances as Hertha laboured to a 0-0 draw with bottom-of-the-table Hanover. The result ended a five-game losing streak for Hertha, but keeps them in the doldrums after it was announced that coach Pal Dardai would step down at the end of the season.FRANCEKALIFA COULIBALY (Nantes)Malian Coulibaly took his tally to four goals in the last five games as Nantes beat struggling Amiens 3-2 to pull well clear of the relegation battle. The 1.97m striker has had the tough task of filling the void left by the late Emiliano Sala but his recent form suggests he is growing in confidence. With the scores level, Coulibaly turned the game his team’s way with two goals in six minutes early in the second half. He scored the first with a low strike after he was put through by Ghanaian team-mate Majeed Waris. The second was a header from a corner.BRICE SAMBA (Caen)Congo Brazzaville-born goalkeeper Samba, who started the season by making costly mistakes in a loss at Paris Saint-Germain, was the hero as Caen climbed off the bottom of the table, and gave themselves hope of escaping the automatic relegation places, with a 1-0 win at Patrick Vieira’s Nice. The scores were level when Alexander Djiku handled a free-kick from Malang Sarr. But Samba stretched to save the spot-kick by Remi Walter. Djiku made amends by scoring Caen’s second-half winner.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more