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SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 (Xinhua) -- San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday signed a paid parental leave ordinance, making the city the first in the United States that requires full pay for parents on leave to care for their new babies.


Current California state law allows partially paid leave for new mothers and fathers who have paid into a state disability insurance. They receive 55 percent of their full salaries for six weeks, with the money coming from the state disability program.


The new ordinance, which was unanimously approved by the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors early this month, is a supplement to the state regulations. It gives new parents six weeks of fully paid leave, with the remaining 45 percent to be paid by employers which have at least 20 employees.


The rules will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, for businesses with more than 50 workers, and one year later for those with at least 20 or more workers.


The paid parental leave ordinance is the latest pro-worker move adopted by San Francisco, where the living cost is among the highest in the country. The city approved a plan in 2014 to raise minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour over the next few years.


"We have accomplished things together to ensure that parents and children can succeed in this very expensive city, to make sure they have the resources and the ability to be successful," Lee said.


He noted that the new law provides the basic caring and support that should be available to every family in the country.


The United States is behind the rest of the world in terms of maternity leave policy. It's the only advanced country that doesn't have a national law providing paid maternity leave. A federal law allows new parents to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave if they work in a company with 50 or more employees.


Some states, however, provide expanded parental leave policies. In addition to California, New Jersey and Rhode Island also mandate parental leave with partial pay. New York will implement similar leave policy starting in 2018.


As a means to attract and retain workers, better benefits for parents are offered by many enterprises, including big-name tech companies in Silicon Valley.


San Francisco-based Twitter announced this month to give employees 20 weeks of paid leave starting in May.


SYDNEY Will Redmond Jersey , March 31 (Xinhua) -- Australia's largest power and gas retailer Origin Energy Ltd. has signed its first contract to purchase electricity from large-scale solar project to meet its renewable energy target following renewed interest in the local sector.


Origin announced on Thursday it has committed to a 15-year deal to buy all output and renewable energy certificates from the 164 million Australian dollar, 56 megawatt Moree Solar Farm in northern New South Wales state, which recently began production Sammy Watkins Jersey , to help meet the company's liability under the nation's renewable energy targets (RET).


Earlier uncertainty over Australia's RET has caused energy retailers to hesitate to commit to long-term contracts to purchase their requirements, however renewed interest in the industry following the September 2015 party-room coup that instilled Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister is driving price rises in renewable energy certificates that underpin the target.


"Stability is starting to return to the Australian renewable energy market," Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) Anthony Hitchens Jersey , which built the solar farm with U.S. private equity, chief executive Rafael Benjumea said in a statement.


Origin is aspiring to become one of Australia's leading renewable companies, applying to Australian authorities for funding a large-scale project in central Queensland state.


"Solar technology has improved dramatically over the past few years and the cost has come down as a result Robert Golden Jersey ," Origin Energy head of energy markets Frank Calabria said.


In early December 2015, Origin was given local marketing and distribution rights of Telsa Motors Inc. solar lithium ion battery storage product called Powerwall, used for storing solar energy for home power usage and charging electric cars.


Australia has the highest per-capita rooftop solar power mainly due to high retail prices for energy.


Origin is packaging the Tesla storage solution with PV solar panels from Trina Solar Ltd and inverters from Israeli-based SolarEdge technologies.


Australian climate advocates have said coupling solar PV panels with high capacity battery storage could be the cheapest way to obtain electricity within three years Chris Conley Jersey , creating a 24-billion-Australian dollar industry if just half of the nation's households adopted the technology.

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