Twilight: Eclipse DVD is second to Energy Vampire War
Tonight at midnight, Twilight Saga: Eclipse DVD in Blu-Ray – the third film installment of the glorified Stephenie Meyer’s tween novels starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart – aren’t the only blood-sucking thing to fear. Vampire energy is sucking the life out of family wallets all over the country.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse has been called the raciest of all the novels for its exposing scene when Bella, the loveable human figure, must cuddle up to her werewolf friend Jacob to survive the frosty air. Chances are the Eclipse DVD will host a parade of extras including deleted scenes and cast interviews, but it is guaranteed that the rioting won’t begin until vampire energy comes out to play.
Eclipse grossed roughly $300 million at the box office this year, but that’s nothing in comparison to the billions of dollars ($4 billion in studies) the Department of Energy estimates American households spend on “vampire” energy. Where does this mysterious, energy-sucking development come from? From all unused devices that are still plugged in – from televisions to computers, desk lamps and cell phone chargers.
Aside from the research, scientists are trying to put an end to this hair-raising energy use. According to the New York Times, scientists with I.B.M. are looking into designing a transistor that will reduce the amount of energy consumed from forgotten devices. Like Jacob always helps out Edward for the love of Bella, certain devices are also being regulated in terms of the amount of vampire energy consumed, helping out all those lost in the cause.
We’ve excited about the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but for right now that’s the only vampire we’re willing to get up close and personal with.
Lightsource bp’s first Spanish project powers up in Zaragoza
Lightsource bp has powered up its 247MW flagship solar project Vendimia in Zaragoza, Spain.
Around 615,000 bifacial solar panels have been installed, over 650 hectares of land on multi-row tracker technology enabling the panels to follow the sun, maximising energy generation efficiency. In addition, two overhead transmission lines at 18km and 20km were constructed to efficiently deliver the solar power into the local network.
The five-project cluster was constructed safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and commercial operation recently began. The total power output will be supplied to bp’s European power trading team under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Fernando Roger, Country Head for Lightsource bp Spain, said the connection of its Vendimia project demonstrates the resilience of solar. "We had to face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our team and trusted partners remained focussed, and now we have completed our first project in Spain. We would also like to extend a special thank you to all the landowners involved for their continued support on this project.
Felipe Arbelaez, senior vice president for zero carbon energy bp said: “It’s fantastic to see the safe start-up of this first project in Spain, and for Lightsource bp to achieve an impressive 3GW pipeline in just two years. Through disciplined investment and safe execution, we are delighted to see the next chapter of bp’s energy story in Spain come online. This project is also a great example of the power of bp’s integration capabilities as our expert power trading team will offtake the power generated, supporting the financial stability of the project and meeting bp’s strict returns threshold.”
The construction process was handled by Lightsource bp’s appointed contractor, Prodiel (an Andalusian engineering, procurement and construction company) and over 600 local jobs were created during that time. Prodiel will continue to maintain the solar cluster under an Operations & Maintenance agreement for the next two years.
At the opening ceremony, Carlos Barassa, head of country for bp Spain, said: "The Vendimia solar project that we are inaugurating today in Zaragoza is great example of the fulfillment of bp's ambition in its transition to an integrated energy company, and our contribution to building a low-carbon future."
bp will pay 7X Energy $220 million for the projects and 1GW of 'safe harbour' equipment and expects the acquisition to complete in 30 days. The projects, spread across 12 states - with the largest portfolios in Texas (ERCOT) and MidWest (PJM) - are expected to meet bp’s low carbon investment criteria, generating returns of at least 8-10%.