Colors of the Rainbow: Blue

©Renee 2012

Blue is a royal color, and the color of sadness, oceans and the sky. So many things in our world use this color. Blue eyes are very beautiful, they are remembered always. Blue is sometimes pure energy as well.

Let’s look more in part 2 of our rainbow series….

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14 Responses to Colors of the Rainbow: Blue

  1. Renee says:
    A UK firm has announced plans to build what it claims is the biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Africa.

    The Nzema project, based in Ghana, will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes.

    Construction work on the $400m (£248m) plant is due to start within 12 months.

    The developers say that they are optimistic that finance for the project will be confirmed within six months.

    Fully cooked

    The initiative is being developed by Blue Energy, a UK-based renewable energy investment company.

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    It is the right plant in the right place at the right time”
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    Douglas Coleman

    Mere Power Nzema Ltd.

    Dozens of solar projects have been announced across Africa in recent years but few have been on this ambitious scale says industry analyst Ash Sharma at IMS Research. He says the 155 megawatt plant will increase Ghana’s generating capacity by 6%.

    “It is the biggest single project that’s going ahead at the moment,” he told BBC News. “It is not the biggest in the world, but if it goes ahead it will be the biggest in Africa.”

    He says that a key element in helping the project go ahead has been Ghana’s renewable energy law under which the plant has been awarded a feed-in tariff for 20 years. These are premium prices, guaranteed for the working life of the site.

    Project director Douglas Coleman, from Mere Power Nzema Ltd. who will build the plant, told BBC News that it was “fully cooked” in planning terms.

  2. Renee says:
    His wife:
    Their close friends:

    *Ghana connection also:

    Black was born in Oakland, California in 1919. Black graduated from Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and Stanford University (class of 1940). His father, James Byers Black, was president of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Black attended Harvard Business School for one year, and left to enter the Navy in 1941.
    Charles Alden Black
    Born (1919-03-06)March 6, 1919
    Santa Monica, California
    Died August 4, 2005(2005-08-04) (aged 86)
    Woodside, California
    Alma mater Stanford University
    Harvard Business School
    Employer United States Navy
    Castle & Cooke
    Dole Pineapple
    SRI International
    Mardela Corp.
    Spouse(s) Shirley Temple Black (1950–2005)
    Hawaii’s Big Five
    C. Brewer & Co.
    Theo H. Davies & Co.
    Castle & Cooke
    Alexander & Baldwin


    Alexander ?
    More here:

    Another connection to Shirley Temple Black:

    Robinson Island Hawaii*


  3. Renee says:

    Africa’s largest solar power plant will be built in Ghana
    Many African countries receive on average 325 days per year of bright sunlight. This gives solar power the potential to bring energy to virtually any location in Africa without the need for expensive large scale grid level infrastructural developments.

    The distribution of solar resources across Africa is fairly uniform, with more than 80% of their landscape receiving almost 2000 kW·h per square meter per year. A recent study indicates that a solar generating facility covering just 0.3% of the area comprising North Africa could supply all of the energy required by the European Union.

    Thus, solar energy is considered as a resource of energy that has to be fully exploited. Blue Energy, the British company behind the largestsolar power plant in Africa which will be built in Ghana, announced that the construction on the Nzema project is due to begin near the village of Aiwiaso in western Ghana by the end of 2013, with the installation of some 630,000 PV modules.

    Nezma project will definetely improve people’s lives since will provide 500 construction jobs over a two-year build, 200 permanent posts once operational and is expected to lead to a further 2,100 local jobs through sub-contracting to Ghanaian firms and demand for goods, services and education.

    It is estimated the huge project will bring in $100 million in tax take for the Ghanaian government over its lifetime and save 5.5 million tones of CO2, based on the emissions from an oil-fired power station with the same generating capacity.

    Nzema alone will increase the total installed power generation capacity of Ghana by 6 per cent and will account for a fifth of the government’s 2020 renewable energy target in one swoop as well as supplying enough energy to power 220,000 homes.

  4. Renee says:
    Blue Energy has secured all necessary permissions for the project to go-ahead and is now concluding discussions with several international financial institutions and global equity and infrastructure funds, which have expressed interest in providing debt financing or investing in the project. It expects to reach financial close in the first half of 2013.

    At present, the company is in negotiations with two potential EPC providers. It has not yet selected the equipment suppliers, however Coleman was able to confirm that the project will utilise around 630,000 polycrystalline 245w PV modules which will help to generate an estimated annual output of 240GWh.

    Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013 and sections will come online as they are completed. It is expected to be fully operational by October 2015.

  5. Renee says:
    Jason Harvey, Managing Director
    Jason brings to Blue Energy Partners broad business management, project development and capital markets experience. He is responsible for strategic market development, and oversees teams responsible for capital sourcing for renewable and traditional energy projects worldwide. Previously, Jason worked for a U.S.-based private equity firm, where he analyzed companies, capital structures and development projects, including large-scale commercial real estate projects, and their debt and equity structures and placements. He also served as Director of Marketing for one of the U.S.’s most notable design firms, and as Vice President of Business Development for a regional steel firm. An Eagle Scout, Jason studied Business Economics and Communications at the University of Arizona. Jason currently resides in Tokyo and oversees in-country operations.
    Jim La Marche, Director
    Jim brings to Blue Energy Partners experience with global private equity and venture capital. Previously, Jim was the Managing Director of the Thunderbird Private Equity Center (TPEC) at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he directed the school’s private equity and venture capital initiatives and was involved in TPEC’s expansion into 13 markets around the world. Jim was responsible for working with senior government officials in emerging markets and assisting them in attracting foreign direct investment and private equity. Under Jim’s leadership, Thunderbird’s private equity center became one of the top five programs in the world.

    Jim graduated with a BA in Political Science from Arizona State University, an MA in International Relations from Seton Hall University, and an Executive Leadership and Negotiation Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

    Shin Morimoto, Project Manager
    Shin has worked in the solar industry for 14 years. Shin was born in Japan, but began his career in solar in the United States in 1998, when he was a technician for off-grid solar systems at Solar Electric Specialty (now Sun Wise) in Willits, California. Upon moving back home to Japan, Shin joined the Japanese solar module company MSK (now Suntech Power). At MSK, he was in charge of TUV certification, engineering processes for OEM projects for European clients, and after-service for European market. Shin also co-founded Copia Energy, a consulting firm specializing in residential, commercial and utility scale sectors. At Copia Energy, Shin consulted for Toshiba, Canadian Solar and SMA in their preparation for entry into the Japanese market. Shin is fluent in Japanese and English.

  6. Renee says:
    Managing Directors – Portfolio Companies

    Dick Bickerstaff, Director – Ashray Ventures

    Jason Harvey, Director – Blue Energy Partners

    James Hopkins, Director – Cypress Property

    Jim La Marche, Director – Providence Group

    Beverly Harvey, Director – Onyx Education

    Kendall Baldwin, Director – Opus Biotech

    Baldwin ? Again from above:

  7. Renee says:
    James La Marche’s Overview
    Current Partner at HG Capital Partners
    Director at Blue Energy Partners
    President at The Garuna Project
    Past Managing Director at Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center
    Education Arizona State University
    Seton Hall University
    Thunderbird School of Global Management
    Connections 500+ connections
    James La Marche’s Summary
    HG Capital Partners is a private equity finance firm headquartered in Chicago, and offices in Scottsdale, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, and Zug. HG works closely with family offices, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds to offer products through its portfolio companies in energy, water, agribusiness, bio/pharma, infrastructure, and education.

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