According to the development plan, a 300MW capacity solar power plant will be operational from late 2020 until 2023 with an annual power generation capacity of 37,852.86 GWh. Hangzhou Safefound Technology and LAO-PPA have signed a Project Development Agreement (PDA) with the government for a 1,200MW floating solar energy project. From 2023 to 2026, the plant’s capacity will be increased to 900MW and a transmission grid will be built from the project site to the Sengsavang Substation in Sengsavang Village, Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province. The government will hold a 20 percent share, while the company will own 80 percent of shares over a period of 25 years. The PDA was signed following a feasibility study on the solar energy project to be installed on the surface of the Nam Ngum 1 dam reservoir. The solar power project is a joint venture between the Lao government and Hangzhou Safefound Technology.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is beginning their regular season this weekend as they welcome non-conference foe Lindenwood to LaBahn arena.While the Badgers might already have a game under their belt this season, after they welcomed the South Korean Olympic team to Madison for an exhibition match, but now the Badgers will begin to make waves in their regular season. After making it to the Frozen Four final last year, Wisconsin enters this season ranked No.2 in the WCHA coaches poll earlier this month.Women’s hockey: Badgers bring home WCHA title for third year in a rowFor the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is WCHA postseason champion. The Badgers (31-2-4-0, Read…Skeptics are assuming that since Wisconsin lost its top goaltender, and will be without four of their top scorers this year, the team will most likely suffer. The same poll stated that coaches in the WCHA expect Minnesota to win the WCHA title this year, which has been held by Wisconsin for the past three years.Of course, this criticism is founded, and many in Wisconsin are wondering how the Badgers will get along this year without seniors Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark. They still have sophomore Abby Roque, who was fifth overall in scoring last year for the Badgers, to lead them through this season.Wisconsin also showed strength during their exhibition game against South Korea, in which the Badgers managed to defeat their opponents in a spectacular fashion 8-0. Six different players managed to score for Wisconsin that night, showing that the UW has a plethora of talent on their bench that is capable of getting the Badgers on the board when need be.Wisconsin hockey demolished the South Korean Olympic team this weekendThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed the South Korean Olympic team to LaBahn Arena this weekend for a Read…Wisconsin also has one of the greatest assets in the WCHA in head coach Mark Johnson, who has always managed to produce a solid team even during tough Olympic years. During the 2013-2014 season, Johnson still managed to coach a team that finished with a 29-8-2 record overall and would wind up making it to the Frozen Four tournament that same year.Fans should not be worried as the Badgers are in more than capable hands with Johnson at the helm. Johnson was thinking years in advance when he was recruiting the last two years and has managed to pull in excellent goaltenders like Nikki Cece and Kristen Campbell along with fantastic players like Abby Roque, Presley Norby and MeKenzie Steffen.While Wisconsin might be a young team, they are more than capable of doing great things this season, and that all begins with Lindenwood this weekend. The weekend begins on Friday at 7 p.m, with play between the two teams concluding Saturday at 3 p.m.
Kershaw will turn 30 10 days before he is expected to make his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening day start for the Dodgers next month. He could potentially join a star-studded free-agent class next winter that could also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Charlie Blackmon and Andrew Miller.Under Zaidi and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers have been only modest spenders in the free-agent market. They have been more willing to spend on keeping their own players. They bid into the $150 million range for Zack Greinke before he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for more than $200 million. They re-signed closer Kenley Jansen (five years, $80 million), third baseman Justin Turner (four years, $64 million) and left-hander Rich Hill (three years, $48 million) before last season after all three had reached free agency.LID LIFTERDodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that right-hander Wilmer Font will start Friday’s Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox and throw the first one or two innings. Right-hander Ross Stripling will start one of the Dodgers’ split-squad games on Saturday.Kershaw threw to hitters during Tuesday’s workout and is on track to make his Cactus League debut Sunday at the earliest.MOUND TALKMLB clearly has some work to do to pin down just how its new pace-of-play rules will be enforced – particularly the new limit on mound visits that do not involve a pitching change.Speaking at the annual Cactus League Media Day event, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said a pitching change would become mandatory if a team had already made its six allotted mound visits and a player or coach tried to go to the mound. From the back of the room, MLB’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre corrected the commissioner, clarifying that the umpire would remind a position player (such as the catcher) that his team had reached the limit and he could not go to the mound unless there was a pitching change. If a manager or coach went out to the mound after using up the six non-change mound visits, a pitching change would have to be made.A member of MLB’s Competition Committee, Roberts said he supports the rule changes aimed at speeding up the pace of play this season.“I think it’s good. … We can all adjust,” Roberts said. “Whatever speeds the game up, we’re all in favor of.”Kershaw said he wasn’t sure what effect the new rules might actually have on the length of games.“Ultimately, I’m not sure if it’s going to create a huge difference with enough minutes or not,” he said. “I think where the union was is: as long as it doesn’t change the integrity of the game, doesn’t change the competitiveness of the game it’s not costing people one way or the other. We’ll have to see if guys are crossed up what’s going to happen, things like that.“At the end of the day, we all want to play a quick game. We all want to have a crispness to it. We all want to create the best product out there for the fans. We’ll just see. I don’t know.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has said he isn’t thinking about the clause in his contract which allows him to opt out and become a free agent next fall.It would be unwise for the Dodgers’ front office to take such an approach. The Dodgers’ front office is many things. Unwise is not one of them.“You’re going to get my Belichick on this question,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi joked, referencing the notoriously stone-faced, insight-free manner in which the New England Patriots’ head coach treats inquiries from the press.Asked if the Dodgers needed to formulate a plan in case Kershaw decides to become a free agent – and potentially leaves for another team – Zaidi said, “We don’t have to handle it right this moment … not right now.” The possibility of having to outbid other teams to retain Kershaw’s services next offseason was at least one of the motivations behind the Dodgers’ top priority this offseason – getting their payroll below the competitive-balance tax threshold. The Dodgers will now incur much less punitive penalties if they have to cross that threshold in order to re-sign Kershaw next offseason.The Dodgers could also pre-empt that situation by negotiating a new contract extension with Kershaw, replacing or adding to the final two years and $65 million in the seven-year, $215 million extension he signed four years ago.Zaidi would not comment on the potential of that happening or whether there have been any discussions about a new contract.“We’ve had conversations with him. I’m not going to go into detail about it,” he said. “But we have a very open dialogue. He’s our franchise player. So that’s important.“I also know it’s important for him and for us that we don’t share the content of those conversations.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error