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July goods exports up 20.1%

The volume of Hong Kong's total goods exports increased 20.1% year-on-year in July, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The volume of goods imports for the month rose 19.5% over July 2020.   Prices of goods exports and imports increased 5.6% and 5.5% year-on-year for the month.   On a seasonally adjusted basis, the volume of goods exports fell 5.3% in the three-month period ending July compared with the preceding three months, while the volume of goods imports decreased 0.8%.   Comparing the first seven months of the year with the same period in 2020, the volume of goods exports rose 25.3%, while that of goods imports increased 22.7%.   Prices of goods exports for the period increased 3.4%, while that of goods imports rose 3.3%. http://dlvr.it/S7hMTp

Solar energy scheme opens

The Solar Harvest - Solar Energy Support Scheme for Schools & Welfare Non-Governmental Organisations opened for a new round of applications today.   The scheme aims to promote the development of local renewable energy.   It provides non-government and non-profit-making schools, as well as welfare non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, with a one-stop service to install solar energy generation systems at their premises free of charge.   It also assists participating schools and organisations in joining the Feed-in Tariff Scheme of the two power companies.   Plus, the schools can integrate the solar energy generation system into teaching to enhance students' environmental awareness and interest in science.   The Government said the scheme has received an enthusiastic response since its launch in 2019. As at December 2020, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) had received more than 350 applications, with more than 90% from schools.   The EMSD has also installed solar energy generation systems at more than 110 schools and welfare NGOs. It is estimated that this batch of systems can generate more than 880,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, equivalent to the monthly electricity consumption of about 3,200 families.   The deadline for applications is July 30. Applications submitted on or before April 30 will be given priority, such that works may commence in July 2021 at the earliest.   Click here for information.
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