Across America – HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE THE PERMITTING PROCESS – By Steve Atwood – These four steps can help permits get approved more quickly. Permitting is a knack in itself. Good or bad, quick or slow, we can’t lay a single brick until we have secured the correct permits from local municipalities. The key to avoiding permit rejection is to be a good partner, which requires being prepared. Quality relationships with townships and municipalities are crucial to the permitting process. Seek out a specific contact within each area—a living, breathing person you can physically call upon to discuss any aspect of your permit request. Permit timelines have grown tremendously, and there is still a decade-old stigma attached to the home building industry. We can combat these truths (and strengthen our professional reputation) by using the Four Pillars of Business Acumen: Builder News: Read Details
Across the USA – Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department’s national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. “The Small Business Vouchers pilot breaks down barriers for some of our greatest entrepreneurial minds, allowing them to work with our national laboratories across sectors and industries to accelerate a clean energy revolution that’s been underway since 2008.” – Energy.gov: Read Details —- A full list of the SBV projects may be viewed on www.SBV.org.
Africa – Nigeria – Nigeria’s Federal Government on Thursday said it is targeting a 50% reliance on renewable energy as a source of power by 2020. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo further explained that “we are doing some expandable work in solar energy adding about 1000MW of solar. We are looking at 50% reliance on renewable energy sources by 2020.” He welcomed the $100m credit facility from India to be injected into the Nigeria economy especially in the power – Business Day: Read Details
Asia – Bangladesh – The government is set to borrow nearly US$ 800 million worth of fresh loan from Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to bankroll cs oil import bill for the current fiscal year, officials said Thursday. “Under the initiative, the government will start talks with IDB next week to finalise the proposed loan,” said an Energy Division official.
Officials said the state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) would borrow the assured credit from International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) of IDB for importing oil in the current fiscal year (FY) 2016-17 – The Financial Express: Read Details
Asia – Philippines – Boosted by a robust performance from the industry and services sectors, the economy expanded seven percent in the second quarter, making it the fastest growing in Asia so far, the Philippine Statistics Authority said Thursday. The second quarter expansion brought growth in the first half of the year to 6.9 percent – Manila Standard: Read Details
Asia – Zhambyl Region, Kazakhstan – The EBRD is considering provision of debt financing for construction, connection to the power transmission grid, commissioning and launch of a greenfield 29 MWp solar power plant located in the Zhambyl region, Southern Kazakhstan. A senior loan of up to USD 26 million, Total cost is USD 51 million. ACME Cleantech Solutions Private Limited is a private Indian holding company responsible for energy conservation, energy management and energy generation – EBRD: Read Details
USA – Andover, MA – Phillips Academy athletes can soon start gearing up, thanks to Erland Construction beginning construction on the Phillips Academy Synder Center. The $34 million, almost 100,000-square-foot facility will feature three basketball courts surrounded by an indoor track, 12 regulation squash courts and one tournament grade court with a viewing deck, as well as specialty flooring for each purpose. The design, by Perkins+Will of Boston, will also include three multi-purpose spaces which overlook the football field, locker rooms and a small kitchen space – The Andover Townsman: Read More
USA – Towaoc & White Mesa, Utah – The Ute Mountain Ute tribe has been awarded a $9 million federal grant to upgrade its water infrastructure and wastewater facilities on the reservation. The grant, issued through rural development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will pay for two municipal projects in Towaoc and two in White Mesa, the tribe’s satellite community in southeast Utah. Under USDA rules, the four projects will be put out for competitive bidding, Cuthair said. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 – The Journal: Read Details