Alabama municipal utility moves forward with 100MW solar farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montgomery Advertiser:In Montgomery County, 800 rural acres will soon be home to a massive 350,000-panel solar array. The project, a partnership between local utility company Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and Lightsource BP, will bring a large-scale, utility-sized solar development to the River Region. Utility leaders say several recent factors have made solar power a realistic energy source, and they expect others to follow suit shortly.“Our mission is to provide low-cost reliable electric power to our member cities at the lowest possible cost that we can,” said Fred Clark, president and chief executive of AMEA. “We search for economic resources and study those daily with a group of engineers that we have, both on staff as well as consultants that we reach out to.”That research yielded what AMEA believes to be a feasible and forward-thinking project in the solar field. The deal with Lightsource, a partnership itself under British Petroleum, will bring 100 megawatts of solar energy into AMEA’s “energy portfolio.”Everything will be built and maintained by Lightsource, with AMEA only buying the energy and selling it to different municipalities and utilities in areas like Opelika and Tuskegee. AMEA has 13 utility affiliates across the state, though none in Montgomery. The benefit for the county will be the over $5 million in property taxes to be collected over the lifetime of the project, which will go to Montgomery’s cash-strapped school system.Clark said AMEA may be jumping on the solar train earlier than some others — moving its percentage of energy generation by solar from 1 percent to 10 percent — but he expects others to join in the near future.More: Montgomery-based electric authority closes deal on 350K solar panel array
FILE PHOTO: Raul Jimenez “We’ve had some good moments, some bad moments; but the best ones have been so good and I’m very happy for that.”The signing of the 27-year-old takes Wolves’ spending to around £164 million since Chinese owners Fosun took charge of the club in 2016.“The impact Raul has made during his short time at the club has been fantastic and we’re delighted that he’ll be part of the club’s long-term future,” said Kevin Thelwell, Wolves sporting director.“Raul’s permanent signing shows the ambition of this football club and the determination to make sure the future is an exciting one.” Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wolves broke their club transfer record on Thursday to ensure top scorer Raul Jimenez remains at Molineux on a permanent deal worth a reported £30 million ($39 million) from Benfica.The Mexican has scored 15 goals in his debut season in England as the Midlands club have enjoyed a fine first campaign back in the Premier League.Nuno Espirito Santo’s men beat Manchester United for the second time in three weeks on Tuesday to remain seventh in the Premier League and face Watford in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.Jimenez scored in the first of those victories over United and was also on target in memorable wins over Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.“Since I’ve arrived here it’s all been so good,” Jimenez told the club’s website.