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iPhone marks commissioning of largest solar array in Vermont, North America

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont . . . July 27, 2011 . . . AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,The touch of an iPhone’ which brought the last of 382 solar trackers into position perpendicular with the sun’ marked the commissioning of the largest solar installation in Vermont and the largest installation of its kind in all of North America.The pole-mounted trackers use innovative GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing more than 40 percent more energy than fixed solar. The site is off Hinesburg Road in South Burlington on land leased from the Larkin family.Manufactured just four miles from the site of the solar farm, 382 AllSun Trackers produced by Williston-based AllEarth Renewables make up the, $12 million, 2.2 MW farm.The solar project is expected to produce 2.91 million kilowatt hours of energy a year, or enough electricity for over 450 homes. With inverters on each solar tracker to boost energy performance, the project is the largest solar installation to use such a configuration in North America.Attending the commissioning were more than 75 local contractors, engineers, suppliers, developers, parts fabricators, manufacturers, and other workers that had a direct hand in building the project.Pictured: South Burlington City Council Chair Sandra Dooley, Governor Shumlin, Jeanne Morrissey of JAM Construction, Speaker of the House Shap Smith and AllEarth CEO David Blittersdorf. Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is just outside the picture to the left. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, and Speaker of the House Shap Smith also spoke at the event. The panel that the governor turned on is laying flat in the middle photo. After being turned on through his iPhone, the panel adjusted to the sun’s location via its GPS device and began producing electricity.‘This project not only produces renewable energy from the sun, it creates a lot of local clean energy jobs,’ said David Blittersdorf, CEO and founder of AllEarth Renewables.  ‘We’ve innovated and refined our AllSun Tracker so it can be affordably used to power homes or businesses, and at the same time make up a utility-sized farm like this project in South Burlington.’Governor Shumlin addresses the gathering.”What we’re doing here,” Blittersdorf said, “is showing the rest of the country how to do renewables.”Blittersdorf said Massachusetts and New Jersey will be his company’s expansion targets. He said those two states have both relatively high electric costs and an interest in renewable energy. States that are burning coal to generate electricity have low cost electricity and less interest in renewables, such as those in the Midwest and South. California, he said, could be a good market in the future, but he said he wants to grow closer to home for now. New England electric rates averaged 15.05 cents per kilowatt hour in 2010 (Vermont 13.09 cents per kwh, Massachusetts 14.63), New Jersey was at 14.84 per kwh and California was at 13.83 per kwh. The US average in 2010 was 9.91 cents per kwh.Part of the state’s Standard Offer program, the farm will sell an estimated 2.91 million annual kWh of power generated by the installation to Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) Program.  The Standard Offer was established as part of the Vermont Energy Act of 2009.In June, AllEarth Renewables’ CEO was named by Business Week as one of 25 of ‘America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.’  The company, which employs 26, earlier this month announced a partnership with four solar installers to provide distribution throughout Vermont.  AllEarth noted some of the partners in this project, which includes:VESCOMerchants BankJA MorisseyVermont Works for WomenTimberlineVHB EngineeringLandWorksDunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & HandGreen Mountain PowerEngineers Construction Inc. (ECI)Omega ElectricGrennon’s SolderingNSA IndustriesRennlineMainly MetalsNorth East PrecisionS.D. Ireland ConcreteFoxfire Energy CorporationWillis last_img read more

Distractions decay. Attention pays.

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details Everywhere I look there are people staring at their phones – walking down the street and through airports, at restaurants and coffee shops, networking events and family gatherings. We are so distracted that we are losing the ability to connect with each other and our surroundings. We go through the motions of day-to-day life while failing to invest any real concentrated effort into any of it. We drive from place to place, often not remembering how we got there because we are tuned out, lost in our heads, distracted with technology and suffering from mental fatigue. We finish the workday exhausted while feeling we’ve accomplish nothing of any real value. We participate in conversations and fail to remember more than a quarter of it. Our society is overlooking what important and failing to honor what matters most. We sacrifice time with our families and friends to answer emails and messages. We give up necessary sleep to check alerts and texts. We lose lives because drivers focus their attention on a screen and not on the road. When do we say enough? We do we recognize technology as a tool, not as a life source? At what point do we commit to changing our habits and realize our distractions decay and attention pays?When we commit to focusing our attention on what matters most, everything in our lives flourish. Relationships are fed, tasks are completed, member satisfaction increases, productivity improves and accountability is restored.  When leaders commit to avoiding interruptions in order to engage in a conversation and truly connect with their employees, morale increases and member satisfaction soars. When coworkers remove daily distractions, they have time to focus on important tasks and achieve deadlines. When families commit to each other, their relationships grow and their need for superficial technological fulfillment decreases. When we as individuals realize we cannot operate in a 24×7 world and that we require rest and recovery to be our best selves, our productivity improves. Are you ready to make a change? Are you ready to admit you’re distracted? Are you ready to recognize it’s time to pay attention to what matters most? Join me as I embark on an #AttentionRevolution where we change our habits and behaviors so our distractions no longer decay and our attention pays. last_img read more

WIMBLEDON FALLOUT: Djokovic Well Placed to End Career as Tennis…

first_imgDjokovic became the first man in the Open era to save championship points in a final at the All England Club and win, while his victory – the longest Wimbledon final in history – came at the end of the first final-set 12-12 tiebreak in singles.He withstood an excellent fightback from Federer, who was bidding to come back from two sets to one down in a Grand Slam final for the first time, to deny the Swiss a 21st Grand Slam title.Not only that but he did so against an overwhelming crowd support in favour of Federer. There is genuine respect for both competitors from the fans but there can be no denying their heart was with the eight-time champion.During a four-hour-and-57-minute epic, which featured a dramatic final set which lasted over two hours, Djokovic – known for wearing his emotions on court – displayed an equilibrium which defied the thrilling ebb and flow to the match.“That was one thing that I promised myself coming on to the court,” Djokovic said. “That I needed to stay calm and composed, because I knew that the atmosphere will be as it was.”He added: “Of course, if you have the majority of the crowd on your side, it helps, it gives you motivation, it gives you strength, it gives you energy.“When you don’t, then you have to find it within, I guess.”The size of the victory was not lost on Djokovic, who has now won four of the last five Grand Slams and is the favourite for next month’s US Open, as he reflected on another memorable five-set encounter in a Grand Slam final.“It was probably mentally the most demanding match I was ever part of,” he said.“I had the most physically demanding match against Nadal in the 2012 finals of Australia that went almost six hours. But mentally this was a different level, because of everything.”Djokovic faced two championship points at 8-7 on the Federer serve in the final set but, staring defeat in the face, he won four points in a row to remain in the contest, such is his willpower.“I obviously try to play the match in my mind before I go on the court. I probably could not play this kind of scenario,” he said smiling.“I always try to imagine myself as a winner. I think there is a power to that.“Also there has to be, next to the willpower, strength that comes not just from your physical self, but from your mental and emotional self.“For me, at least, it’s a constant battle within, more than what happens outside.”Federer remains in the lead on the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles titles with 20, but 33-year-old Rafael Nadal (18) and particularly 32-year-old Djokovic (16) have time on their side.The ‘Big Three’ continue to drive each other on and while Federer insisted after his agonising defeat he was not motivated by records, Djokovic appears unrelenting in his pursuit.“It seems like I’m getting closer, but also they’re winning slams. We’re kind of complementing each other,” he said. “We’re making each other grow and evolve and still be in this game. I mean those two guys are probably one of the biggest reasons I still compete at this level.“The fact that they made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they’ve achieved, and even more.“Whether I’m going to be able to do it or not, I don’t know. I’m not really looking at age as a restriction of any kind for me at least.”Djokovic matched the five-title haul of Bjorn Borg, another great from another era, at Wimbledon with his victory and yet his popularity is indifferent at best.“When the crowd is chanting ‘Roger’ I hear ‘Novak’,” Djokovic said.He knows who the Wimbledon darling is with the public but is optimistic with time he can receive such unequivocal backing.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Novak Djokovic is one of the most significant sportsmen of this generation and his momentous fifth Wimbledon triumph adds credence to the belief he could be remembered as the greatest tennis player of all time. The Serb is a streetfighter who relishes the challenge even when they appear at their most dauntingAgainst Roger Federer, who is currently viewed as the greatest of the sport, in the Wimbledon showpiece Djokovic achieved a series of firsts in what will be remembered as a classic. Novak-Djokoviclast_img read more

Disorder delays mar Haitis longawaited election

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Sporadic violence, including the ransacking of polling stations in the capital, forced dozens of voting centers to close Sunday during Haiti’s long-delayed legislative elections.With low voter turnout reported, several Port-au-Prince stations were vandalized in the morning and 26 voting centers were closed across the country by midday.Lengthy delays kicked off polling in many places as the impoverished Caribbean nation launched its first legislative elections since President Michel Martelly came to power in May 2011.The vote, which takes place against a backdrop of fear of violence, also comes months after lawmakers left their posts.Haiti — the poorest country in the Americas — suffers from a history of chronic instability and is still struggling to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people and crippled the nation’s infrastructure.“Although there have been incidents in some polling centers, these problems have generally been corrected,” Elena Valenciano, head of the European Union’s observation mission told AFP.Noting the day’s low turnout, the European Parliament said that “we must make an appeal to Haitians to exercise their right to vote, which is their voice to determine the future they want for their country once and for all.”‘They came, yelled’ At one polling center in downtown Port-au-Prince, where many voters were forced to wait more than an hour before they could even enter the stations, unidentified assailants ransacked the venue.“They came, yelled that the elections had been manipulated by the government,” said Dieunel, a station worker who only gave one name, adding that the vandals threw bottles and stones.Police and officials from Haiti’s provisional electoral council arrived to find the schoolyard polling station littered with ballot shreds, which many residents collected as souvenirs.Frantz Lerebours, spokesman for Haiti’s national police, said that 26 voting centers had to close their doors across the country due to disturbances.Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. local time, and were due to close at 4:00 p.m. Results were not expected immediately.Voters beyond the capital were also forced to endure lengthy delays before stations opened, as personnel were late posting candidate lists and setting up ballot boxes.The spokesman for Haiti’s provisional electoral council, Richardson Dumel, told AFP he was not anticipating major repercussions from the slow start, and expected delays would be “made up over the course of the day.”‘Stealing the election’Postponed by a crisis between Haiti’s executive power and opposition, the elections will determine all members of the Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of its Senate.Parliament was dissolved on January 13, 2015 after lawmakers’ terms were not extended, and legislative chambers have remained empty for months.More than 1,800 candidates from a dizzying 128 registered parties are vying for 139 posts in the two houses.Some lower house seats, particularly in Port-au-Prince, have as many as 30 candidates in the fray.After voters, poll officials and international observers are crammed into polling stations, little room is left for candidates’ representatives, who were promised a space in hopes of stemming ballot fraud.The provisional electoral council has asked the numerous representatives to draw lots so that only five are simultaneously present, creating a source of friction.“They do not let us come in,” one woman yelled in Port-au-Prince, accusing polling authorities of choosing other parties’ representatives to allow in.“It’s not acceptable, they want to steal the election.”Meanwhile young people who gathered outside Martelly’s voting station shouted insults and slogans at the president as he arrived and departed in his motorcade.‘Climate of terror’Ahead of the election, campaigning was marred by partisan violence.In a report last Wednesday, the National Human Rights Defense Network described a “climate of terror.”It recorded nine armed clashes, five murders, two attempted murders, seven people wounded by guns, two stabbings, 17 injured from stones “and 10 cases of beatings.”On Saturday, police arrested some 20 people in central Haiti for possession of illegal arms.More than 7,000 police have been deployed across the country on polling day, supported by 2,500 UN police and 2,370 peacekeepers from the UN stabilization mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH.Turnout is not expected to top 15 percent, according to pre-election surveys. In the second round of the 2011 presidential elections, it was less than 25 percent.A total of 5.8 million people are registered to vote out of a population of around 10.3 million.Sunday, which is only the first of three polling days before the end of the year, left Martelly and other top politicians pleading for calm.Between now and then, Haiti will elect nearly all of its political representatives: deputies, senators, mayors, local officials and a president.If all goes according to schedule, lawmakers will take office on January 11, 2016 and Martelly will hand over power to his successor on February 7, 2016. Facebook Comments Related posts:Clashes as Haiti’s pop star-turned-president marks three years in power US Secretary of State Kerry presses Haitian president on long-delayed elections US embassy urges Haiti to resolve political crisis Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented Francelast_img read more