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

NCUA and FinCEN issue COVID-19 guidance

first_imgYou asked, you received. NCUA and FinCEN issued guidance for credit unions and other financial institutions concerned about the effects of COVID-19. Additionally, NAFCU received some clarification from the Federal Reserve on reserve requirements and Regulation D’s six transaction limitation.NCUA Guidance“We plan to take every step to ensure that our agency’s critical mission of protecting the safety and soundness of the credit union industry will continue to be executed as effectively and efficiently as possible,” the NCUA said in its Letter to Credit Unions. The agency’s letter contains helpful information about how to assist members, answers some FAQs, and gives information about upcoming examinations.Helping MembersMany credit unions are trying out new strategies and offering different products or services in order to accommodate affected members. NAFCU has heard from many credit unions about the ways they’re attempting to ease the financial burdens of members. NCUA has encouraged these efforts and gives a few examples of how credit unions may assist members, including: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Stril Server Bags Beatrice Contract

first_imgSiem Offshore Contractors (SOC) has awarded Møkster with a new contract for its vessel Stril Server to be deployed for walk-to-work activities at the Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland.The new contract has been signed for 21 days, plus options, and will “fill the gap” until Stril Server starts its next walk-to-work project for VBMS in mid-August.According to a Notice to Mariners recently issued by the Beatrice marine coordination team, Stril Server has mobilised on 3 July to replace Siem Aimery, which had been on site acting as an accommodation vessel for Siem Offshore Contractors technicians, who have been carrying out testing and remedial works on various strings of the inter-array cable infrastructure.Siem Aimery left site on 2 July to demobilise in Peterhead and sail for Hartlepool to load cable for the next inter-array cable installation campaign.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Hereford unites with ROA to enhance raceday experience

first_img Submit StumbleUpon HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Hereford Racecourse is looking to enhance its raceday experience, unveiling a new partnership with the Racehorse Owners Association for the 2018/19 season.Further emphasising its acknowledgement of the importance of the experience for racehorse owners, Hereford Racecourse and the ROA has united to place a specific focus on the arrival experience at the course. The O&T entrance to the racecourse has been refurbished, featuring a thank you board for the racecourse’s most regular owners, a dedicated host and all owners will receive complimentary refreshments on arrival and are proactively asked for feedback on their visit.  Members of the ROA team will be on hand throughout racedays as well. Rebecca Davies, Executive Director at Hereford Racecourse commented: “We are delighted that through this partnership with the ROA, we will be able to invest further in the ownership experience at Hereford.  Whist they may be small and subtle changes, I genuinely believe that they will make a big difference and hope that owners will improve their raceday visit to Hereford.”Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, Charlie Liverton added: “The owners raceday experience is a critical variable in the retention of owners and this was highlighted in the owners survey. Hereford’s proactive approach in looking to enhance their warm welcome to owners, making them feel appreciated and acting on feedback, fits with exactly what we know owners want. “The ROA look forward to working with Hereford to use these improvements as a springboard to challenge for future Gold Standard status and the findings will be used in the Industry Ownership Strategy so that we can work with other racecourses looking to improve their owners experience.”last_img read more

Citizens want the ALC out of Northern B.C.

first_imgThe organization has met with the ALC as well as taken B.C. Agricultural Minister Don McRae on a helicopter tour of areas both east and west of the Rockies.They say he’s keen to make changes, but for now they are only looking for the support of Peace River Regional District. Citizens for Agricultural Land Reform are calling for a five-year moratorium on the Agricultural Land Reserve east of the Rockies.They say the ALR is an unnecessary restriction.Instead, they suggest a Delegation Agreement which would give local elected representatives control over agricultural land.- Advertisement -According to representative Anne Clayton, less than 40 per cent of the agricultural land in Northeast B.C. is being farmed.She claims the ALC is more focussed on preserving agricultural land rather than encouraging farming in collaboration with other communities of interest, like local farmers and ranchers who want to service the oil and gas industry on their own farms.Instead, she says farmers are treated like “criminals” when they participate in the oil and gas industry.Advertisement Tim Caton, Director of Area “E”, says the Citizens for Agricultural Land Reform are on the right track.”I believe that anybody who owns their land, who has bought and paid for their land with blood, sweat and tears has the right to do with their land when it comes to economic development.”If after four years the moratorium is determined to be working, the organization would ask for complete abolition of the ALR in the area.For now, getting anything to happen is still a slow process.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United transfer blow! Roma boss rules out Strootman exit

first_imgManchester have received a blow in their pursuit of Holland international Kevin Strootman, with Roma manager Rudi Garcia ruling out an exit for the Dutchman this summer.The Red Devils are understood to retain an interest in Strootman and reports in Italy claim the 20-time English champions have bid at least £30million for the highly-rated Netherlands internationalNew United manager Louis van Gaal knows Strootman well from his time as Holland coach.However, Van Gaal had to do without the midfielder at the World Cup as he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in March.United would need to see the player, who moved to Roma from PSV Eindhoven last summer, had made a full recovery before launching any bid.But Garcia insists the 24-year-old is going nowhere during the transfer window.“Strootman is a Roma player. He will be a Roma player this year. There is no doubt about that,” Garcia said on the eve of Roma’s friendly against United in Denver, USA.“Only he can say whether he wants to stay but it was never an issue for him to go to another club. There is no question of it.Strootman is currently training in Boston, where Roma played Liverpool earlier this week, and will therefore not turn out against United on Saturday in Colorado.“Strootman is following a normal recovery programme, he has stayed in Boston to work with our physios,” Garcia added. “He will start running any time soon.” Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman 1last_img read more