Vermont’s innovative solar program a finalist for national Readers Choice award

first_imgAn innovative solar program recently established by Vermont is up for a national award.The Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, hosted by Renewable Energy World, has selected Vermont’s registration program for small solar systems as a finalist for its Readers Choice Award.Online voting is open through January 20 and is open to the public.The winner will be announced in Long Beach, California in mid-February.‘Given the national interest in Vermont’s innovative program, we think there’s a real shot we could capture the Readers Choice. We hope Vermonters and folks throughout the industry will weigh in and vote,’ said Andrew Savage of AllEarth Renewables in Williston. ‘Many Vermonters familiar with the solar industry are eager to see our state be a national model for cutting installation costs, making solar more affordable and accessible to homeowners.’With Vermont’s newly implemented law, small solar systems now have a simple pre-determined process that reduces paperwork and uncertainty and means they can be installed after just 10 days. The new process replaces all permitting for ground or roof-mounted solar systems 5kW and smaller with a single basic registration form outlining the system components, configuration, and compliance with interconnection requirements.”As a local installer, this new registration process is enormously helpful. This speeds up the installation process allowing us to avoid wasting time with costly delays for small installations,” said Rich Nicol, of Solartech, an installer in northeastern Vermont.A recent study earlier this year by SunRun, a leading national provider of residential solar systems, found that permitting adds an average cost of $2,500 to each solar installation and that streamlining the often-cumbersome processes would provide a $1 billion no-cost stimulus to the solar industry over the next five years.The report finds that the additional installation cost’ $.50 per watt’ is due to wide permitting variations not connected to safety, excessive fees, and an unnecessarily slow process. The report cites that Germany has a 40 percent advantage over the United States in installation price.Vermont’s new registration process, which is free, went into effect at the end of last year. The legislation,which became Act 47 and was signed into law May 25, 2011, received strong bipartisan support.‘We think the Vermont registration process could be a real model to follow nationally,’ said Jurgen Krehnke, president and general manager of SMA America. ‘Reducing the time and resources that go into solar installations is right in line with the DOE’s SunShot initiative and is critical to increasing PV adoption.’Williston, Vermont January 16, 2012last_img read more

Top news of the week June 10-15

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of ShellShell ships first Prelude FLNG cargoThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell on Tuesday said that the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has sailed from its Prelude FLNG facility located 475 km North East of Broome in Western Australia.Exmar completes commissioning of Tango FLNGBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Saverys-led shipowner, has completed the commissioning of the Tango FLNG in Argentina.Pakistan LNG launches tender for 240 cargoesState-owned Pakistan LNG has launched a tender for the long-term supply of liquefied natural gas.Cyprus to ink FSRU deal in OctoberCyprus could finally award the contract for the construction of the FSRU infrastructure as it plans to close its several times extended tender in July.Commonwealth LNG lines up offtake deal with GunvorCommonwealth Projects and Gunvor Group, through respective units, have signed a heads of agreement (HOA) for a 15-year LNG sale and purchase deal from the Commonwealth LNG export project under development in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.last_img read more

Jaro fire leaves P180-K damage

first_imgAccording to the Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), the blaze – which hit the house owned by a certain Lilia – broke outaround 11:15 a.m. on Friday. It was believed that the fire originated froman unattended candle. The BFP declared a “fire out” around 11:33a.m. ILOILO City – Properties worth around P180,000went up in smoke after fire partially damaged a house in Barangay Cubay, Jarodistrict.center_img An officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection checks a house struck by fire in Barangay Cubay, Jaro district on Friday. IAN PAUL CORDER/PN No casualty was reported in the incident./PNlast_img read more

We shot ourselves in the foot: Bermuda captain

first_img.. after suffering 2-1 Gold Cup defeat to HaitiSAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( CMC) – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said his side had only themselves to blame after letting Haiti off the hook in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Gombey Warriors on Sunday.Debutants Bermuda, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, missed a hatful of chances in the first half before the six-foot, four-inch captain gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-placed header.Leverock, 27, a defender who plays for Irish club Sligo Riovers, said afterwards that Bermuda should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal lead.Zeiko Lewis was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Nahki Wells and Lejuan Simmons both wasted good opportunities, before Bermuda faded in the second half,“In the first half, we were on top,” Leverock told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We had our chances and at this level you have to take them. The attackers know they have to be scoring those types of chances, but we can’t fault them. They work hard and will win us games.“Some of the guys’ heads are down and it’s up to the leaders in the group to pick them up.”Leverock was pleased with his goal but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.“To score for my country, in front of my family, is always a good feeling, but I’d rather not score and we win and keep a clean sheet,” he said.“Maybe I’ll look back in a couple of weeks and be proud of myself. Right now, I’m disappointed.”Haiti scored two second-half goals through Frantzdy Pierrot as Bermuda struggled to cope with the searing pace of substitute Derrick Etienne, who swung the momentum in his side’s favour.“They came out very strong and Etienne is a good player and his pace created problems for us,” Leverock added.“Maybe we sat back a bit too much and invited the pressure. Both goals were lapses in concentration.”Lewis, a former team-mate of Etienne’s at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, echoed Leverock’s sentiments regarding Bermuda’s missed opportunities.“If we had taken our chances, we could have easily won this game,” Lewis said.“It’s always frustrating to miss chances, but we were all encouraging each other to stay positive for the second half.”Bermuda next take on group favourites Costa Rica, who beat Nicaragua 4-0 in their second game, in Frisco, Texas, romorrow.last_img read more

Syracuse centers struggle in 18-point loss to No. 14 Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman On the heels of a loss to Notre Dame in which Syracuse never led, head coach Quentin Hillsman squatted and averted his sightline away from the scoreboard as he watched his team struggle to make its first basket of the game.Briana Day tried to weave her way through two Louisville defenders with the Orange having been shutout for the opening two and a half minutes. The ball flew out of her hands as the Cardinals defense closed in.On SU’s ensuing possession she clanked a layup off the back of the rim, and the tumultuous start to the game for the Orange’s junior center was punctuated by two missed free throws.“It was just sloppy,” Day said. “I wasn’t playing hard, really.”“…That’s not how you want to start off the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse finally scored on a Cornelia Fondren jumper after nearly four minutes of being shut out, and Briana Day was lifted for her sister Bria two minutes later. Briana Day high-fived her teammates with her head down, and waved off the team manager offering her a water bottle as she tried to piece together another lackluster start for SU.The Orange (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) faltered early again, falling behind by as many as 29 in the first half, and lost 71-53 to the No. 14 Cardinals (15-5, 7-0) just four days after being blown out by 28 points against the Fighting Irish. Syracuse was stung by poor play from its centers, who totaled only two defensive rebounds and struggled to box out a bulky Louisville team under the basket.Briana Day, SU’s leading rebounder, has secured only 12 rebounds in the Orange’s last three games after corralling 10 boards against Pittsburgh on Jan. 14.“I don’t know what it is,” Day said, “I’m not rebounding.”“…I don’t understand what’s going on.”Hillsman leaned on a rotation of both Day sisters and Julia Chandler at center to solve his team’s scoring and defensive woes. Upon entering the game with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter, Chandler was promptly rung up for a three-second violation as she dished the ball outside the arc to an open Brittney Sykes.The Orange’s centers were a revolving door of missteps early on, and Cardinals guard Myisha Hines-Allen — who led the game with 27 points — consistently made it tough down low for SU’s bigs.Hines-Allen bodied her way past Chandler under the basket for a layup on the first possession of the second quarter, continuing to balloon Louisville’s eventual 34 total points scored in the paint.“I think our transition defense really broke us down,” Fondren said. “…We should’ve just kept on competing.”SU countered with only 18 points in the paint, and was consistently met with pressure down low from the Cardinals center-less starting lineup.Briana Day corralled a pair of offensive rebounds in a stretch of seconds midway through the second quarter, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity as she heaved a layup over the basket entirely and into the hands of the Cardinals’ defense.Syracuse eventually evened out on the offensive end and clawed back to an 11-point deficit, but was met with familiar problems in the paramount minutes of the fourth quarter.On one of the Orange’s final fast break attempts with the game within reach, Sykes looked down the court to a streaking Bria Day. She lobbed a long pass forward that just deflected off Bria Day’s outstretched hand, dinging the Orange for another one of its 19 turnovers.The play provided a sense of finality to the game, one that was always out of reach.Said Hillsman: “I don’t think we were ready to play. We came out flat.” Commentslast_img read more

5 interesting stats from Round Rock Express’ 26-run baseball game

first_imgMinor league baseball doesn’t usually get our attention unless something crazy happens, and that’s exactly what happened Thursday night.The Round Rock Express (located in Texas) scored an insane 26 runs against the Las Vegas Aviators. The funny thing is Las Vegas didn’t even play that poorly. The Aviators put up 11 runs of their own, but it obviously wasn’t enough as the Express put up a score you typically see in a football game. There were nine home runs in the gameThe combined record for two teams hitting home runs in a single MLB game is 12, so these teams weren’t too far off.Kyle Tucker, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft, hit a pair of homers, giving him 20 on the season. Nick Tanielu and the Aviators’ Barreto also hit a pair of homers. Taylor Jones, Eric Campbell and Cameron Rupp each hit one.There were 90 total at-batsPlayers with 4+ at-bats: 17Players with 5+ at-bats: 9Players with 6+ at-bats: 4Players with 7 at-bats: 3According to Baseball Almanac, the record for at-bats during a nine-inning game is eight, held by 18 different players. We almost got there in this game, as three different players had seven. Overall, there were 103 plate appearances in this game. MORE: Benches clear after bunt breaks up no-hitter in Yard Goats-Thunder gameSo, with so many runs scored in this baseball game we thought it’d be fun to look at some of the ridiculous numbers that were put up.Every batter scored a runYou might read that stat and think that only applies to the Express, but no. Everyone on the Aviators scored a run as well. There were 20 batters with at least one at-bat and every single one of them scored at least one run. Of those 20, eight of them scored two runs or more.Taylor Jones was a perfect 5-for-5We mentioned already that every batter scored at least one run, but Express first baseman Taylor Jones led the way with five runs. In fact, he went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, with six RBIs. He had seven total plate appearances, which included two walks.We also should make mention of the Aviators’ Franklin Barreto, who also went 5-for-5 at the plate. He hit two home runs, had four RBIs and scored three runs. Norge Ruiz allowed seven runs in 0.0 inningsOfficially, Aviators pitcher Norge Ruiz pitched in 0.0 innings. But he did face seven batters, and allowed seven earned runs while giving up five hits and walking two. His poor outing contributed to an incredible 13-run inning in the seventh, which took this game to a completely different level.Ruiz wasn’t alone in his struggles, though. The two Aviators pitchers before him had already given up 10 earned runs. And of the six pitchers the Aviators used in the game, all of them allowed at least one earned run.last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, January 14, 2014•10:40 a.m. Aaron K Campbell, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of certain stimulant.•12:27 p.m. Officer investigated a theft of tools by deception in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•3:57 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to mailbox in the 1100 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10:00 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.last_img read more