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Off the grid: Developers eye “virtual power plants” for properties

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Rendering of Sonnen’s ecoLinx home battery (Sonnen)A growing number of developers in the U.S. are investing in integrated solar power and battery systems for their buildings.Advances in energy storage technology and falling prices for batteries mean these “virtual power plants” are becoming viable for a variety of buildings and uses, according to the New York Times. The technology would also create more energy independence, coming at a time when severe weather — like last month’s deep freeze in Texas that cut power to millions — has wreaked havoc on residents.Developer Wasatch Group installed storage batteries in each of its 600 units at the firm’s “net zero” Soleil Lofts project in Herriman, Utah. The systems store energy created by solar arrays on the property, making the complex one of the better examples of using integrated power.ADVERTISEMENTCollectively they can provide 12.6 megawatt hours of backup power for the building, and currently offset the costs of powering common areas, according to the report. Wasatch also signed a deal with Rocky Mountain Power that allows the energy company to tap the batteries at Soleil Lofts for power. Residents save around 30 to 40 percent on their energy bills, the Times noted, citing Wasatch.Other developers are also exploring storage systems. Meritage Homes has demonstration projects across the U.S. to explore green tech. Related Companies installed a 4.8-megawatt battery at the Gateway Center retail complex in Brooklyn that’s used by energy company Enel X.In New York City over the last few years, there have been several thousand solar panel installations in Brooklyn alone.Some governments have pushed for more energy storage projects. In 2019, New York State created up to $55 million in incentives for commercial and residential storage projects on Long Island.[NYT] — Dennis Lynch Tags Share via Shortlink Climate ChangeHousing MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Jay seeking CDBG funds to benefit local businesses

first_imgJAY – With the town intending to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds next year, businesses interested in benefiting from the program should contact the town office.Jay anticipates filing an application in 2019 with Maine’s CDBG Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program. Up to $150,000 could be available for town businesses through the program, either in the form of grants to create employment opportunities for businesses or for facade improvements. The grant process is competitive, with approximately $700,000 of funds being doled out to $2 million-worth of requests.Jaaron Shaw, the owner of Maine Dojo, previously approached the town about applying through the CDBG program.Currently, town officials anticipate having the Board of Selectpersons review a Letter of Intent for qualifying projects in January. The application is due on Feb. 8.Funds can be used in two ways. The first is to assist small businesses with five or fewer employees, one of whom owns the enterprise. The owner’s income must be low-to-moderate. Alternatively, the business owner must create one full-time equivalent job (based on a $30,000 grant) or two full-time equivalent jobs (based on a $50,000 grant), which must be taken by low-to-moderate income individuals and maintained for a minimum of one year. Businesses applying for these funds must have a business plan not older than 18 months and must have met with a Small Business Development Center business counselor in the 3 months prior to applying for assistance.The second way businesses can access the program is for facade grants. To qualify for facade funds, the business must submit documentation showing that it qualifies as a spot slum/blight area. Estimated cost for funds under this program must be provided by an engineer or architect.Anyone interested in obtaining more information on this program can contact Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere at 340 Main Street by phone at 897-6785 or by email at [email protected] information on the CDBG program can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/cdbg/index.shtml.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua denies romance with Mahrez’s wife Anthony Joshua and Lawrence Okolie could both be in world title action on December 12 if plans currently in the pipeline come to fruition.Joshua and Okolie are set to face Kubrat Pulev and Krzysztof Glowacki respectively, two weeks before Christmas. Promoter Eddie Hearn has penciled in the date in question for a show at The O2 in London.If secured, the event could be one of the first in the United Kingdom to accommodate a larger portion of fans.Matchroom Boxing is seeking advice from officials over what kind of capacity from the 20,000 available they could fill by that time.At present, pilot schemes involving crowds at sports are on hold.On Monday, the government issued guidelines that they intend to keep in place for the foreseeable future to keep the coronavirus from spreading out of control. If successful in the coming weeks, all sports will have the chance for some crowd presence from the end of October onwards.The main event sees Joshua put his four world heavyweight title belts up for grabs in an IBF mandatory defence.Pulev steps up after initially becoming number one in 2017.As for Okolie, the undefeated cruiserweight gets the chance at the WBO version after amassing a 14-0 record.— Tags: Anthony JoshuaEddie HearnKrzysztof GlowackiKubrat PulevLawrence Okolielast_img read more

Badgers look to continue road stretch success

first_imgSenior forward Laurie Nosbusch leads a Wisconsin offense that has scored five goals over the past two road games. That offense will meet a Northern Illinois team that has allowed 13 goals over their first five games.[/media-credit]Two down, two to go.The past three days have served as halftime for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team’s four-game road trip. The schedule started off last Friday at Dayton and at Cincinnati on Sunday, and the Badgers were able to return home with two victories, 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.Now UW (4-1) hits the road for two more games against Northern Illinois on Thursday and at UW-Milwaukee on Sunday.Northern Illinois (0-4-1) has the potential to be an early-season trap game for the Badgers, if taken lightly. The Huskies have been outscored 13-1 in five games this season, despite outshooting their opponents 55-53 in those games.“We have to limit their ability to get shots. They are good on set pieces and have some people that can be dangerous,” Badgers head coach Paula Wilkins said.In order to slow the NIU attack and make the Huskies continue to come away empty handed, Wilkins said the Badgers have to pressure the ball in order to prevent easy entry passes.Senior goalkeeper Michele Dalton also feels like there is a lot she can do to ensure a Badgers victory after judging her performances over the past week.“I go into every game, against every opponent with the same mentality,” Dalton says. “Perfection is kind of my motto. Lately we have given up some goals that I definitely regret still. I feel like I personally have some work to do, organizing and communicating, making sure those things are effective.”A lot of Wisconsin’s recent success has had to do with senior forward Laurie Nosbusch, who has scored a goal in back-to-back games, ending a small cold spell during the first three games of the season.“We have been attacking with numbers and been willing to fight through defenders,” Nosbusch said. “We aren’t giving up on anything and not taking it for granted that we are going to get another chance. Anytime there is a half-chance we are going for it, with everything we have.”And Nosbusch already smells NIU’s blood in the water, so to speak.“We have to stay focused on playing at our highest level and coming out strong to try to set a tone for the rest of the game, so that maybe if we put a few (goals) in early we won’t give them any hope for getting a cheap goal off of us,” she said.That is exactly what Wilkins wants to hear, but she still made sure to make Badger players aware as to how much weight an early season game versus a struggling opponent can mean after practice Wednesday.“It’s a big NCAA game for us. If we don’t get a result it will probably hurt us significantly, so we need to understand that and just go after them,” Dalton said.The future of the Badgers’ season and the success they have will hinge on whether Wisconsin can maintain the level of game-by-game improvement that Wilkins has already seen since the Badgers’ season opener versus defending national champion Notre Dame.“The one thing that we have had inconsistencies with is our physical effort, and I think we are getting closer and closer to being better with that,” Wilkins said. “If [the Badgers] want to make the NCAAs, then this is a game that they have to come out and put their best foot forward to be successful. We talk about bettering our performance every game, and this is another game for us to (do that). Focusing on the performance rather than the outcome is going to be important for us.”While all of the little things seem to be adding up and earning the Badgers victories, conventional wisdom would suggest that four straight road games would begin to wear on the team at some point and cause Wisconsin to stumble, but not according to Dalton.“Honestly, I prefer being on the road because I think as a team we are a lot more focused,” she said. “Last year it felt like all of our games were on the road, and we found success in that. [We] keep the travel squad smaller, and I think everyone is traveling for a purpose and that purpose is to win.”“When you are at home there are other distractions, family, friends, social things going on on campus. You have a lot more freedom, but when we are on the road it is a lot more professional. I prefer that environment. I think we are the most successful in that environment.”last_img read more

Top coaches honoured with England Golf awards

first_img22 Nov 2018 Top coaches honoured with England Golf awards Tags: Awards, Coaches, England squads, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, performance Northumberland’s JJ Vallely and Nottinghamshire’s David Ridley have both been honoured with coaching awards from England Golf.They were recognised at a gala dinner at the annual coaching conference at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, the home of England Golf.Vallely, from Matfen Hall and coach to the England Golf North region girls’ squad, was named Squad Coach of the Year.A Special Recognition Award was presented to David Ridley of Coxmoor Golf Club to mark his retirement after 32 years as an England coach.Three outstanding girl golfers who have all come through the North squad have helped to shine the spotlight on the work of JJ Vallely (pictured top, right).Cumbria’s Caitlin Whitehead won European Young Masters and then helped Europe to a clean sweep in the Asia Pacific Junior Championship, while Northumberland’s Jess Baker and Rosie Belsham have played their way convincingly on to the national scene.“There’s a lot more waiting in the wings,” said Vallely. “They’re on a mission, they’ve been pulled along by watching Caitlin, Rosie and Jess, they’re inspired and it’s given them belief and made them work harder. It’s like a mini-explosion and we want to keep it going.”Vallely, who is supported by squad manager Bryan Ross, ensures there’s a pipeline of talent by also coaching the girls in the North of England Futures, made up of players who are pushing for places in the regional line-up. Baker and Belsham were among the early intake and together with two other girls, knocked a total of 50 shots off their handicaps in their first season.Vallely, who has been involved with England training for about 12 years, commented: “I absolutely love it, I live and breathe it. You do make a lot of sacrifices, but it’s really satisfying to help them understand their game and themselves. Some of the skills and habits they develop are wider reaching than golf and will stand them in good stead with whatever they do.”David Ridley (pictured left)  has bowed out of England coaching after 32 years with the national and regional squads and teams. His award was greeted with a standing ovation and he remarked: “It’s a privilege and an honour to receive this – and quite a shock too!”Ridley first became involved as a regional boys’ coach in 1986, but from 1997 he worked with the national men’s squads and players such as Tommy Fleetwood, Chris Woods, Eddie Pepperell and Andy Sullivan.“I’ve been very fortunate,” he said, adding “They still keep in touch, they send a text. They’re just great lads.”He’s been involved in two European team championship victories and numerous Home International wins. His personal highlight was the European gold medal of 2010, when England beat Sweden in Sweden after losing in the previous two finals.Ridley, who was made a Master Professional by the PGA earlier this year, also enjoyed an outstanding playing career. He represented GB&I against the USA in two PGA Cup matches, in 1979 and 1981, helping the team to a win and a draw. He also played in five Open championships between 1969 and 1984. He’s semi-retired now but continues to coach at Coxmoor.Vallely and Ridley were recognised alongside two other award winners. Paul Cannons of Kingsdown and Walmer Golf Club, Kent, is the Volunteer Manager of the Year and Les Walker of Selby Golf Club, Yorkshire, received the Award for Excellence in Coaching in recognition of his contribution as an England and GB&I selector.Captions: Top, John Vallely (right) receives his award from England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink. Above, David Ridley (left) receives his award from England men’s coach Graham Walker. (Images copyright Vicki Head).last_img read more