FIRST QUARTER MOON - Dec. 29 - Jan. 4

(March 21 to April 19)

After a slightly tense Christmas, the turbulence starts to ease. You regain control of your choices, and are once again able to take on new challenges and turn them to your advantage. In love, if you haven’t already done irreversible damage, a period of truce unfolds. Beautiful Venus ushers in the new year, favoring new encounters and mellowing your interactions with your partner.

TEMPO: andante con recupero

(April 20 to May 20)

In just a few hours it will be 2015! You can breathe a sigh of relief as you leave behind a tough year. At work, you are filled with a desire for action, what with new projects and aims for independence. For now, let yourself go and enjoy a new year illuminated by exciting planetary movements, especially for single Taureans. Your best bets lay with Virgos or Capricorns. And next year, things get serious!

TEMPO: allegretto frenetico

(May 21 to June 21)

For those Geminis unable to take a break, even during the festive season, care should be taken with a business matter or investment linked to home or work. All that glitters is not gold. In love, there are some slight improvements. Couples are less anxious, singles more open-minded. New Year allows for a little lightheartedness and escapism.

TEMPO: andantino guardingo

(June 22 to July 22)

A new year is almost here, and 2015 will be filled with opportunity: a year to plant and then reap the rewards in the heat of summer. New responsibilities at work, but also at home, be they marriage plans or arrival of a child. Enjoy a carefree New Year’s Eve, which may well be unforgettable for lonely hearts. And a special toast for the new life that is ahead of you.

TEMPO: allegretto con leggerezza

(July 23 to August 22)

Start the countdown to your best year for the last decade! Once again, you will become the protagonist of your own life and of your own choices. The First Quarter Moon rewards long-term couples who have survived a stormy year and are now stronger than ever. Singles, who have focused on work for too long, will be penalized, seeing in the new year with a touch of solitude. But 2015 will bring important gifts to them as well!

TEMPO: marcia trionfale

(August 23 to September 22)

The year’s end comes bearing emotions that can really shake your bearings. After a period of lethargy, it’s time to quit moaning and get back into the swing of things! The First Quarter Moon suggests that in order to conquer new ground, you must be courageous and leave behind the things you have outgrown. Have a think about this in the new year.

TEMPO: andante con nuova fiducia

(September 23 to October 23)

For many born under this sign, it is time to test the stability of relationships, and from this week onwards you will have new and infallible planetary allies. Stable couples will move forward, stronger than before. Fragile couples "return to Go," just like in Monopoly. You are more centered, solid and resolute than ever!

TEMPO: marcia con fermezza

(October 24 to November 20)

Many Scorpios will spend New Year’s Eve attached to their phone, exchanging sweet nothings with a secret lover or one not yet quite established enough to spend New Year’s together. The outlook is better for singles, who instead of Whatsapp-ing the night away, will find themselves in a very lucky situation. Recommended dress code: red underwear and a little lightheartedness.

TEMPO: allegretto risvegliato

(November 21 to December 22)

This New Year’s is looking particularly fertile. Take precautions, or full steam ahead, depending on your family plans. If you go to a party alone, or with friends, you could return home accompanied by a domesticated Aries or Leo. You are having second thoughts about some upcoming changes and work projects. But I would put everything to one side and enjoy an amazing start to the new year!

TEMPO: vivacissimo inarrestabile

(December 23 to January 20)

The countdown which will mark the end of the bad moods and negative thoughts of the last two years is finally here. In Italy, we throw plates out of the window at New Year’s. Some more audacious souls launch whole sinks or toilets. I recommend a slightly more sensible course of action, albeit with the same symbolic meaning: Pour all that has been unsavoury straight down the drain! Start the new year with new energy!

TEMPO: marcia liberatoria

(January 21 to February 21)

The new year marks the start of a new season for love! Choose your New Year’s Eve party well, rid yourself of down-in-the-dumps friends, indecisive exes and overbearing admirers. It’s time to have fun and take home some new trophies. Thanks to a luminous Venus overseeing the new year, it is very possible that it won’t be merely a passing fancy.

TEMPO: tecno-rondò di conquista

(February 22 to March 20)

This week represents a bridge from old to new, and 2015 will be a year of important growth. Take things seriously, face tests of your maturity with grit and determination, and feel the satisfaction of a job well done. For now, however, enjoy a New Year’s Eve which will thrill new couples in particular, for whom the new year has important advances in store.

TEMPO: andantino di perlustrazione

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In Argentina, A Visit To World's Highest Solar Energy Park

With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.

960,000 solar panels have been installed at the Cauchari park

Silvia Naishtat

— Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.

Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.

It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.

Abundant sunshine, low temperatures

The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.

Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.

Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park


Chinese want to expand

The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.

The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.

The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.

The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.

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