Posts Tagged ‘Warren’

Commercial solar project goes up at Thurmont firm

Úterý, Srpen 14th, 2012

Thurmont has its first commercial solar energy project with the installation of a system at Federal Stone Industries.

David Rethemeyer, vice president of the business at 142 Water St., said he believes the $136,000 investment will pay off in the long run.

Brent Cotton, who is coordinating the installation for Solar Energy World in Elkridge, said he met Rethemeyer at a home show in Baltimore.

“Dave’s booth was next to me, and we met by chance,” Cotton said.

There will be 150 panels installed at the business, which manufactures precast swimming-pool coping. Coping is the cap on the edge of a swimming pool or spa, which is mounted on the bond beam.

Thurmont has only one residential solar installation, according to town officials. Cotton said Thurmont, which has its own electric utility operations, had not implemented net metering (surplus power return).

The Maryland Public Service Commission helped the town set it up, Cotton said.

Rethemeyer said he was impressed to see the Constellation Energy solar array at Mount St. Mary’s University. That system, on about 100 acres, will supply power to the university and some of the surrounding community.

“It seems like Thurmont was caught in the ’50s when looking at Emmitsburg,” Rethemeyer said.

Federal Stone Industries, which has served the swimming pool industry for nearly 50 years, is an innovative business. It developed the Radiuschart, a tool for determining the radii of a pool wall, and keeps abreast of the latest technology in the field. The company also emphasizes safety for those enjoying their pool.

“It will reduce our expenditures, and I’m looking at the long-term investment,” Rethemeyer said.

Geoff Mirkin, a founder of Solar Energy World, said the project was the first commercial one for the company in Frederick County.

“The cost of solar has gone down, perhaps 50 percent in the past few years. Plus there are some grants and tax credits,” Mirkin said via telephone.

“We anticipate the payback in five to seven years,” Mirkin said. “It is better than putting the money in underperforming funds.”

Rethemeyer said he wasn’t complaining about Thurmont’s electric rates.

“They are not gauging us. They have been reasonable, but if we can produce power and put it back to the grid, that is a good thing.

“It is no ’silver bullet’ to solve all the energy problems, but it means less use of fossil fuels,” Rethemeyer said.

On its website, Solar Energy World notes that its commercial installation process includes a complete analysis to see if the project is the best way to go for a potential client; how to do the installation without interrupting business operations for the client; submitting all paperwork for applications, local building permits and any tax credits or other incentives; manage inspections and monitor electrical output and performance.

Cindy McKane-Wagester, Main Street Manager for Thurmont, said members of the Main Street group are interested in alternative energy.

Part of the Main Street mission is to look at clean, safe and green energy, McKane-Wagester said.

“We are looking for opportunities for solar energy for commercial buildings,” McKane-Wagester said. “We are researching it. Yes, it is in our future.”

Part of the discussion also includes increased recycling programs and chargers for electric cars, McKane-Wagester said.

“That would be an important part of the expected increase in tourism for Thurmont,” McKane-Wagester said of the chargers. No specific plans have been made for the chargers.

Baltimore Convention Center To Save

Úterý, Červenec 17th, 2012

Constellation , a business unit of Exelon, and the Baltimore Convention Center today announced an energy performance contract (EPC) to install approximately $10 million in water and energy conservation measures.

Under the terms of the EPC, the water conservation and energy efficiency improvements provided by Constellation require no upfront capital from Baltimore Convention Center and are guaranteed to provide approximately $18 million in cost savings over a 15-year period. Baltimore Convention Center will use the guaranteed savings from the conservation measures to fund the project.

“The Baltimore Convention Center is committed to sustainable operations,” said Peggy Daidakis, executive director for Baltimore Convention Center. “This EPC with Constellation helps us to meet our goals of reducing overall water and energy usage and to satisfy our customers with whom we are actively engaged in promoting greener meeting spaces.”

Theodore Atwood, director of the Baltimore City Department of General Services, added that, “The Convention Center project is another step in our efforts to reduce Baltimore City government’s electric power use by 20 percent by 2015.”

By implementing water and energy conservation measures, Baltimore Convention Center expects to conserve an estimated 100 million gallons of water and avoid the creation of 6,058 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually over the next 15 years.

Click here to view a brief video about the Baltimore Convention Center’s conservation efforts through its energy performance contract with Constellation.

“Energy performance contracting is a valuable resource for private and public entities to leverage their existing operational budget for needed capital improvements,” said Michael D. Smith, vice president of solar and energy efficiency sales for Constellation. “We look forward to working with the Baltimore Convention Center to help maximize energy savings and meet its environmental goals.”

The conservation measures installed by Constellation include: energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls; HVAC repairs and controls upgrades; thermal blankets on steam valves and fittings; low-flow toilets and faucets; building envelopment improvements such as caulking and weather stripping; and installation of a “cool roof” membrane to reflect heat.

“In a time of diminishing resources for councils it is important that councillors and managers are armed with the best information about the public’s priorities and experience of services so that budgets can be invested accordingly.

“The survey ends on 3 August so I hope that anyone approached to take part does so and makes use of their chance to influence how we spend 64 million on roads and transport.”

Questions include a measure of general satisfaction with road and transport conditions, as well as more specific aspects such as gritting during winter, street lighting and dealing with illegally parked cars.

Crosland Park clean up, open house are Saturday

Pátek, Duben 20th, 2012

The Crosland Park Neighborhood Association will hold its annual Clean Up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to participate. Those joining in on the fun are asked to meet in front of the Crosland Park Neighborhood House, 1248 Crosland Drive.

Immediately following the Clean Up is the City of Aiken and Aiken Properties Open House Extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eight homes will be open for viewing and for sale. The starting point for this event will be 892 Alfred St.

The event will be broadcast live by WAAW featuring Bryan Williams, host of “Urban Showcase.”

SCE&G will be on hand to explain how we can save money on monthly utility bills.

Steve Brown, an expert on lighting, will speak with residents about the value of using CFLs and LED bulbs. Brown will have a light meter demonstrating the watt savings of CFLs.

Cindy Cardona, a home energy check-up field representative, will also represent SCE&G. Cardona is an expert on energy efficiency and one of several BPI-certified representatives who performs free in-home visual audits. She will be on hand to help residents understand how they can improve the energy efficiency of their home.

Staff from City of Aiken and Aiken Properties will be on hand to show several homes for sale by the City of Aiken, including one never before shown: 622 Schroder. Also participating in the Open House are Kings Sport Realty and Gold Ivy Realty.

For those seeking information about improving their credit or establishing credit, they should stop by as well as information will be available to help those wishing to find out more about their credit.

The consumption of General Lighting LED lamps in the United States reached $592 million in 2011, an increase of 22% over 2010and the market is forecast reach $2.4 billion in the year 2016, according to a new LED lamp market forecast and research report from ElectroniCast.

This report covers 3 major LED lamp application categories: Government, Commercial/Industrial and Residential.The 584-page market report highlights the Parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) lamp market, forecast for double-digit growth partially offset by the price declines, and the Multifaceted Reflector (MR) compatible lamps market forecast for impressive growth as the technology evolves to provide equivalent brightness  to halogen MR lamps and competitive pricing; The report also reveals that the market for LED-based Decorative lamps will increase at well-over 40% per year, And  that LED-based Linear (Tube) Lamps - an emerging competitor to the fluorescent tube– are forecast to increase in quantity at a very impressive annual growth of over 90%, well beyond the pace of the rest of the market.

Europe on the Cutting Edge: ‘Organic’, the New Electronics Revolution

Čtvrtek, Duben 19th, 2012

An ‘organic’ revolution is unfolding in the electronics industry. From flat-screen TVs and flexible displays to windows, lighting, and solar panels, organic electronic components are offering unprecedented features, design flexibility and versatility at relatively low financial and environmental cost. EU funding is helping Europe strengthen its R&D lead in this fast-developing field by encouraging greater cooperation and coordination across national and commercial research efforts.

‘Organic and large-area electronics’ (OLAE) is focused on materials and devices built from organic carbon-based molecules that are able to conduct electricity. Because these are lighter, more flexible and less expensive than inorganic conductors, such as copper or silicon, they are a viable alternative for many electronics applications.

More significantly perhaps, their unique properties create possibilities for many new applications that would simply be impossible with standard inorganic materials. Organic electronics could lead to intelligent packaging, low cost radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponders, rollable displays, flexible solar cells, disposable diagnostic devices and printed batteries.

‘The range of applications for OLAE is extremely diverse… we are probably only just scratching the surface of what organic electronics can do, and, to top it off, OLAE materials are more cost-effective to manufacture and more environmentally-friendly than traditional electronics,’ explains Herman Schoo, a senior research fellow at Dutch research organisation TNO.

Dr. Schoo coordinated the Polymap* project to help ensure funding for OLAE research is distributed and used as effectively as possible within the European research community. Supported by EUR 600,000 in funding from the European Commission, the project team helped to establish an ERA-Net Plus network. This will build cooperation and coordinate funding streams from national governments and regional organisations. They also set up an online database to maintain up-to-date information on OLAE research and provided support and training workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) active in this technology.

‘Organic light-emitting diodes’ (OLEDs) are the most common commercial application of the technology. They are behind the bright, ultra-high-contrast screens in high-end portable devices, and, increasingly, are replacing inorganic LED and standard lighting in homes and buildings.

But other organic electronic materials are also being used for flexible displays and ‘electronic paper;’ for ’smart glass’ that can switch from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button; for new types of semiconductors; for ultra-thin printed batteries; for smart clothing; and for flexible photovoltaic panels that can cover entire buildings.

Much of the pioneering work on organic electronics has been led by European researchers ever since Henry Letheby, a British analytical chemist created a partially conductive organic material by anodic oxidation of aniline in sulphuric acid in 1862. Today, innovative European companies such as Nanoident, PolyIC, Polymer Vision and Philips are working on devices, while leading materials suppliers such as Degussa and Merck are actively involved in R&D.

Pats add three more to defensive line

Středa, Srpen 10th, 2011

Those transactions were officially announced on Monday by the New England Patriots.

Ellis’ signing was unofficially known on Sunday, but Carter came to light early Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder played five years each with the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. His career bests in sacks were 121/2 with the Niners in 2002 and 11 with the ’Skins in 2009.

But being a sudden former Jet, Ellis commanded a lot of attention.

“Certainly Shaun has played a lot of good football against us,” Belichick said. “He’s been a very productive player. He’s durable and very consistent. It seems like every time we play him, he lines up there and we have a hard time with him. The fact that we had an opportunity to add him to our team, we feel fortunate. I think he brings a good presence in terms of his leadership and his professionalism, as well as experience and his style of play and his performance.”

Last season, Warren, a seasoned 10-year veteran defensive lineman (also Browns, Broncos, Raiders), played in 16 games, starting 10 with 36 total tackles and 31/2 sacks.

McGowan, the 5-11-210-pound former University of Maine standout and Chicago Bear free safety, missed all of the 2010 season with a chest injury. He was a Patriot key in 2009, starting 11 of the 16 games he played and set career highs with 66 total tackles, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble.

So are the Patriots a 4-3 defense or 3-4? Doesn’t matter, Belichick said, the principles will remain the same.

“I don’t think our defensive philosophy is going to change,” Belichick said. “I think how we align and how we handle the responsibilities, that could definitely change by game plan or by what we feel are our strengths and weaknesses and how to best deploy the players.

“How, strategically, we want to move guys around and put them in certain alignments or how to configure them relative to certain formations and tie it in with coverages and things like that – I think there’s flexibility there.”