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

NegOcc town cancels classes; port city bans ships from China

first_img“Furthermore, this is to put everyone’shealth and safety the top priority,” Nicor-Mangilimutan added in the order thatwas issued on Thursday. In a statement posted on Facebook onThursday, he clarified that the international vessel Sea Music would not beallowed to dock or to anchor in the seas of San Carlos City, and subsequentlyissued the order to refute earlier reports that the ship would have a coldlay-up in the city’s waters. (With a report from PNA/PN) On Thursday, Provincial AdministratorRayfrando Diaz, a member of the Provincial nCoV Task Force, said a resident ofLa Castellana, located in central Negros, has asked to be quarantined aftermanifesting flu-like symptoms. In the north, the City of Carlos hasprohibited vessels arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau from anchoring inits port. The person, who had traveled to HongKong, was brought to the isolation facility of the Teresita L. JalandoniProvincial Hospital in Silay City. BACOLOD City – Classes in all levels in La Castellana, Negros Occidental weresuspended on Friday amid the threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In Executive Order (EO) 020-006, Mayor RhumylaNicor-Mangilimutan said the move is “a precautionary measure to contain andmitigate the spread of the dreaded disease, the nCoV, that has claimed hundredsof lives in China and has created havoc in various parts of the country.” Mayor Renato Gustilo issued EO 50 onThursday addressed to the Philippine Ports Authority and the Philippine CoastGuard, reiterating the Department of Health’s guidelines for all seaports thatwere issued by Health Secretary Francisco Duque last February 4. “Pursuant to the said departmentcircular, and in view of the absence of quarantine facilities and qualifiedpersonnel in the city, all vessels calling from China, Hong Kong, and MacauSpecial Administrative Regions shall be directed to proceed to the competentport in Cebu and Manila,” Gustilo said. “Under no circumstances must suchvessels be allowed to lay, berth, dock or anchor in any part of the territorialwaters of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.”last_img read more

Windies improving – Charles

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”last_img read more

Gardai issue golden rules for safe online shopping

first_imgGardai have issued a warning to consumers in the midst of one of the busiest online shopping periods of the year.Black Friday weekend sales and Cyber Monday discounts are in full swing across online stores. Gardai warn that, in a small number of cases, online shopping fraud can losing money or having their credit/debit card details being compromised.A 12-Step guide to Safe Online Shopping has been published with key Crime Prevention advice for all shoppers: The DOs Only buy from trusted sources, shops or brands that you are familiar with Use credit cards when purchasing things online Make sure the data transfer is appropriately protected. Look for the padlock symbol Think twice before allowing e-merchant stores to store your payment details Be aware how to control the recurring charge if paying for a continuous service online Always save all documents related to your online purchases.The DON’Ts If you are not buying a specific product or service, don’t submit your card details Avoid doing your online shopping at sites that don’t use full authentication Never send your Card number, PIN or any other card information to anyone by email When purchasing something online from another person, do not send money up front Never send your card details in an unencrypted email Don’t send money to anyone you don’t know onlineREMEMBERRegularly check statements and transactions for any frauds or suspicious activity. Report suspicious transactions to your local Garda station and to your bank or card processor.  Gardai have also provided advice for Online Retailers, who can also be the target of frauds when it comes to purchases or goods online:Compromised credit cards of requests to pay for goods and services using money transfer services can result in significant losses for online sellers. To avoid those losses, some basic steps should be kept in mind by online retailers and private sellers. Beware of any purchases of bulk items or large quantities of the items or random goodsCheck any purchases of high-value goods or goods that can easily be resoldBe cautious with purchases using credit/debit cards issues overseas or in a different name than the purchaser Check that delivery and billing addresses are the same. Check addresses and usernames online using Google to see if any reports or complaints. Require postcodes with addresses. Use Google maps to make sure the address is correctBe cautious of bulk purchases of gift cards and guest logins rather than users creating accounts Small cost purchases followed by larger purchases by the same user could indicate someone testing a compromised cardIf you capture IP addresses check them online to see where they are registered. If the billing/delivery address is in a different country, this could indicate a problemFurther advice/information is available on:www.europol.europa.eu for advice on crime and golden rules of safe online shoppingwww.garda.ie for crime prevention advice and contact details of local Garda Stationswww.bpfi.ie for advice on banking and payments (or you bank’s website)https://thecai.ie/your-rights Consumer Association of Ireland re online shopping rightsGardai issue golden rules for safe online shopping was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Black Fridayshopping cyber mondaylast_img read more