Does the Quality of Solar Equipment make a Difference?

A deeper take on whether South Africans should consider quality equipment from a reputable supplier.

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, January 20, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The South African economy rarely reaches the news with a positive headline. And when it happens, the Rand usually piggybacks on what is happening internationally. It has yet to grow based on local changes, instead of bask in the glory or downfall of an overseas economy.

Based on this knowledge, which directly influences living expenses in general, it is understandable that people want to save. This creates the problem of whether to focus on quantity or quality. And as with everything in life, not all solar panels are created equal. For example, monocrystalline panels look like polycrystalline at face value. But they are essentially different in terms of construction.

Monocrystalline panels make use of a solid silicone cell, whereas a polycrystalline panel is a combination of small cells. Both are efficient and effective while they have distinct differences, but where these panels were developed is what individuals should really be concerned about.

Picking up a solar panel at the local hardware/convenience shop can help depending on what it will be used for. However, it can turn out to be a guessing game once the panel is in use. Because without proper information about the panel, the output, or even a warranty of some kind, it is no surprise that so many South Africans still believe solar is not worth the investment.

The difference between buying panels off the street and going through an experienced supplier like Solar Advice is the knowledge and guarantee of the equipment being bought. For instance, Solar Advice provides specific details about panel brands, capabilities, specific warranties, and anything else that a consumer should be aware of. In addition, clients can ask for advice if there is something that is not clear to them.

At the end of the day, quality solar equipment means there is a level of expectancy. An expectancy to be durable and efficient for years to come, as supposed to only for a few months, which is the risk when investing in equipment that does not even have the proper packaging. Investing in quality solar equipment also means someone specific can be held responsible.

And while the prices of solar equipment are reaching a peak in terms of affordability, there is no better time like the present for South Africans to invest in their independence. Keeping in mind that solar arrays pay for themselves fairly quickly, it only makes sense to install quality equipment the first time.

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WEN North Texas Extends Invitation to Annual Kickoff Socials and Announces January Luncheon Speakers

DALLAS, UNITED STATES, January 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Monica Messick, 2019 President of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) – North Texas Chapter, is pleased to extend an invitation to the Chapter’s Annual Kickoff Socials. The Fort Worth Social will be held January 31, 2019 at Taverna, 450 Throckmorton Street from 5:30-7:00 pm. The Dallas Social will be held February 7, 2019 at Mi Cocina, 3699 McKinney Ave. from 5:30-7:00 pm. You do not need to be a member to attend the WEN Annual Kickoff Socials. All women who are currently working in the energy industry are invited to attend these complimentary events. Registration for these events is strongly encouraged.

“Our Annual Kickoff Socials are some of our most highly anticipated events. They are a great way to network with women working in all capacities of the energy industry, and to find out about all the upcoming opportunities that the WEN Board of Directors have planned for 2019.” said Monica Messick.

“As we move into 2019, three key focal areas for our chapter will be networking, leadership and community. We’re excited for our many upcoming networking and educational luncheons, community outreach and volunteering opportunities, the annual leadership conference in June, and fun, interactive social events. We also look forward to the continued expansion and improvement of our executive tier program, a sub-group of our chapter which was launched in 2017 as a platform for women at the highest ranks of their profession to network and collaborate with one another.”

WEN had the pleasure of hosting Richard F. Strickland, PhD as the guest speaker at the Fort Worth WEN luncheon on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club. Mr. Strickland, President of The Strickland Group, gave an informative presentation on “The Macondo Blowout.”

Monica Messick, WEN North Texas 2019 President and Partner at Jackson Walker, LLP, will be the guest speaker at the Dallas luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Dallas Petroleum Club. Ms. Messick will be presenting the topic “Ring in the New Year with WEN,” where she will share her vision for the North Texas Chapter in 2019.

Doors open for luncheon events at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon presentation to follow from noon to 1:00 p.m. The cost to attend WEN North Texas luncheons is $30 for members and $45 for non-members if paid in advance. Member and non-member registration the day of the event is $50, space permitting.

Please register online for any of our great events at www.womensenergynetwork.org. For more information about the above events, contact Jennifer Evans, Garnet Energy, at JenniferEvans@garnetenergyllc.com. For more information about the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter, visit www.womensenergynetwork.org and click on Find Your Chapter. Interested parties can join the North Texas Chapter by clicking on Join Now on the North Texas Chapter’s home page.

About WEN

The Women’s Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 4,000 members nationwide.

Thank you to our generous 2019 WEN North Texas Sponsors:

National Sponsors
Sidley Austin LLP
Opportune
Deloitte
Vinson & Elkins
Shell
Halliburton
Talos Energy
Hunt Oil Company

Silver Level Sponsors
BDO
Jackson Walker
Thompson & Knight
Impact
Weaver
Legacy Texas

Bronze Level Sponsors
EnLink Midstream
Locke Lord LLP

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Crane Worldwide Logistics Has Continued Rapid Growth in the EMEIA region

Ivan Liso, Director Projects, EPC & Marine EMEIA

New appointments and Recent Acquisitions Lead to Significant Growth

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Crane Worldwide Logistics, a leading supply chains solutions company, today announced that it has appointed Ivan Liso to Director Projects, EPC & Marine EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) and will lead the Global Specialized Solutions group for the EMEIA region. Liso will report to Joshua van Altena, Director of Operations EMEIA with functional alignment under Chris Mitchell, VP Global Specialized Solutions.

Growth in EMEIA has increased significantly year over year and Liso’s new appointment will be critical to this continued growth. Crane Worldwide Logistics prides itself on establishing growth where clients require service and personalized solutions that facilitate flexible and robust supply chain solutions not only today, but in the future.

Liso has worked in freight forwarding since 1995 and has held the Sales and Division Manager position as part of the Pacorini Forwarding Project Cargo division. Pacorini Forwarding was acquired by Crane Worldwide Logistics in 2017—developing the Crane footprint in EMEIA and specifically in Italy.

At Pacorini Forwarding, Liso was responsible for leading the division and managing heavy and oversized cargo, exceptional transport, road surveys, projects and chartering of vessels. In his role as Director Projects, EPC & Marine EMEIA, Liso will be responsible for managing vessel chartering within EMEIA market, supporting pricing & solutions for Specialized Solutions business and developing new opportunities in the projects sector.

“We are excited to have Ivan play an even larger role at Crane Worldwide Logistics. Ivan has extensive experience in the shipping and freight industry, which will be a tremendous asset to our valued clients and global team,” said Chris Mitchell, VP Global Specialized Solutions.

Crane Worldwide Logistics continually looks at ways to deliver quality solutions for its clients. Crane’s project management skills enable them to design and execute multimodal transportation solutions on a repeat basis on time and within budget. Out Of Gauge/abnormal & heavy-lift shipments, including breakbulk vessel charters and part charters, Ro-Ro, “UC” mode on container ship, barging, etc. are all included in its services, as well as:

Ship’s spares logistics and handling
Technical design and consulting
Vessel time chartering that include OSV/AHT, barges, crew boats, etc.
Marine Services include vessel agency, husbandry, bunkering, procurement & rentals, crew handling and visa/immigration processing.
Method statements, project planning, consultancy and route surveys are available as part of a complete service offering as your project shipment partner.

About Crane Worldwide Logistics

Crane Worldwide Logistics is a leader in supply chain solutions with 120 locations across 26 countries. With expertise in trade compliance, free-trade zones and strategic consultative services, Crane Worldwide Logistics continues to develop creative, innovative solutions to improve clients’ supply chain outcomes. Sharing industry expertise as a client advocate, the organization develops robust collaboration in the long term, providing cost effective and efficient operations. For more information about Crane Worldwide Logistics, please visit www.craneww.com.

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Solar Geysers versus Heat Pumps for the South African Climate

Discover more about alternative energy options and replacing conventional water heating

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, January 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — At this point in time, there is no need to get into obvious reasons for switching to renewable energy. Apart from the environmental necessity, the current state of affairs at Eskom is not showing signs of letting up. Instead, higher tariffs are being requested in a desperate attempt to simply cover significant debt for the singular energy provider.

The logical solution is to make the switch to renewable/alternative energy sources. And one of the more significant steps South Africans can take would be to replace the conventional water heating system in their homes. Given that almost 50% of energy costs can be tied to the geyser, considering options like solar panels and heat pumps to take over the responsibility can save a lot of money.

But which one is better, the solar geyser or the heat pump?

At face value, the solar geyser might be the first solution to jump to mind. Based on the sunny climate of the country, nobody can go wrong by investing in solar. However, this does not mean it is the perfect solution for every household or business. And to get a better perspective on what these alternative energy sources offer, here is a breakdown of pros and cons.

Solar Geyser Pros and Cons

Pros:
– The initial investment is typically more affordable
– The installation process is less complicated
– The lifespan of a solar array is longer
– Effectively heats water up to 70 – 80 degrees Celsius
– Does not require a connection to the power grid
– Little to no maintenance
– No moving parts and very durable

Cons:
– Needs to be installed and mounted at a specific angle
– Depends on the grid during the night and through cloudy weather (assuming there is no battery bank)
– Slightly less efficient than a heat pump

Heat Pump Pros and Cons

Pros:
– Does not require a specific spot or angle during installation
– The energy produced depends on temperature variations, not sunlight, meaning it is not limited to day time like solar (assuming the solar array does not have a battery bank)
– Effectively heats the water up to 85 degrees Celsius
– Uses only a third (33%) of the energy it takes a conventional geyser element to heat water

Cons:
– Higher initial investment
– The life span of a heat pump averages between 5 and 10 years, whereas solar can be effective for up to 20 years
– Heat pumps run on electricity, although they are incredibly efficient

At the end of the day, South Africans need to look at their situation, compare the pros and cons, and make an informed decision. The good news is that Solar Advice stocks both solar geysers and heat pumps. Plus, objective advice about these systems is also available, just in case more clarity is necessary.

A Da Silva
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CAOMM wins substantial concrete mattress scope

Control & Applications Offshore Marine Management(CAOMM)for the installation of 12,000 concrete mattresses utilising a multi mattress deployment system, MDS3

This latest award from ULO further demonstrates the capability of both the CAOMM team and the MDS3 tool to adapt to their service offering to the given situation in a tough environment.”

— Rob Grimmond

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, January 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Leading offshore services provider, Control & Applications Offshore Marine Management (CAOMM), has signed a contract with ULO Systems for the installation of 12,000 concrete mattresses utilising sister company Offshore Marine Management’s (OMM) Multi Mattress Deployment System, MDS3.

The contract, due to be delivered in Q1 2019, covers the installation of 12,000 concrete mattresses, manufactured by ULO themselves, to minimise erosion by protecting a river bank on-site at a Nuclear Plant in a rural area of Bangladesh. The supply of the MDS3 system will be supported by specialist personnel provided by sister company, Offshore Marine People & Academy (OMPA).

The MDS3 system most recently completed a mattress installation to protect subsea cable on the Scilly Isle connector project off the coast of the United Kingdom. The use of the MDS3 on these two projects shows the capability and versatility of the system on a wide range of projects and environments, whilst remaining a cost effective solution.

Rob Grimmond, Managing Director for CAOMM, said of the agreement, “We are pleased to support this exciting project providing the opportunity to expand into a new part of the world.
This latest award from ULO further demonstrates the capability of both the CAOMM team and the MDS3 tool to adapt to their service offering to the given situation in a tough environment.”

Colin Reilly, Deputy General Manager at ULO Systems, commented “For ULO, when requested to undertake the installation scope from our client we only ever considered using CAOMM. The MDS tool is without doubt an incredible asset and will assist in achieving our installation target but what’s a bigger asset is the people of CAOMM. Their business ethos is exactly same as on own. Rob has a fantastic team supporting him, the attention to detail and commitment to making the project successful has been refreshing. 2019 will be a great year for our team in Bangladesh! ”

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Pavel Rombakh Discusses the Challenger Explosion

Pavel Rombakh

Pavel Rombakh

What exactly happened during the Challenger Spacecraft explosion? Researcher Pavel Rombakh discusses the Challenger accident and theories.

EDMONDS, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On the morning of January 28, 1986, the NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger, (OV-99) broke apart after just 73 seconds in flight, resulting in the untimely death of all seven crew members, consisting of five NASA astronauts, and two payload specialists.

After breaking apart, the spacecraft disintegrated over parts of the Atlantic ocean, and also off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

When thinking about this accident, it’s important to discuss Richard Feynman, a theoretical physicist and one of the authors of quantum electrodynamics, an explanation of the modern physical theory.

Because of Feynman's theory, we now understand how natural law and man-made disasters connect together. When natural law is ignored, these types of tragedies occur.

“The fact that this danger did not lead to a catastrophe before is no guarantee that it will not the next time, unless it is completely understood,” Feynman went on to explain. “When playing Russian roulette, the fact that the first shot got off safely is little comfort for the next.”

“Feynman was able to uncover that a rubber seal on the rocket cracked and gas was able to flow out and ignited the explosion,” explained Pavel Rombakh. “This lead to one of the greatest accidents in American history.”

The vehicle began breaking apart after a joint in the right solid rocket booster failed at liftoff. This failure was ultimately caused by the O-ring seals malfunctioning as they were not designed to handle the unusually cold conditions with this specific launch. Because of this failure in the seal, a breach was caused, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to get outside and affect other joint attachment hardware, including the external fuel tank, leading to the separation of the solid rocket motors aft field joint attachment. This ultimately led to the structural failure of the external gas tank, with aerodynamic forces breaking up the spacecraft.

Because of the negligence of this accident, the disaster resulted in a 32-month long shutdown of the shuttle programs and the formation of a commission to uncover the truth, entitled Rogers, a special Commission about by President Ronald Reagan.

“The Commission ultimately found NASA to have an organizational culture and decision-making process problem that had been a key factor to the accident,” explained Pavel Rombakh. "Ultimately NASA had violated their own safety protocols.”

Since the late 1970’s NASA managers had known about the potential flaws inside of the SRB rocket and the o-rings but had never truly addressed the problem to correct it, and they also did not listen to multiple warnings from engineers about launching on that day with the drastically low temperatures.

“Because of the Rogers Commission and the work of Feynman, much research has been done to make sure accidents like this never happen again," explained Pavel Rombakh. “Studies on the Challenger disaster continue to this very day.”

To learn more about the work of Pavel Rombakh, and to connect, click here.

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Global Battery Electric Truck Market to Grow 20% in 2019

More than 175,000 electric trucks will be sold globally in 2019, according to a new research report from Interact Analysis.

Just under 180,000 battery electric trucks will be sold in 2019 with most of the demand coming from China”

— Rueben Scriven

IRTHLINGBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM, January 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —

• Sluggish Chinese market offset by explosive growth in other markets
• Light duty trucks to account for lion’s share of volumes
• Just over 4 million electric trucks sold in next 7 years

Despite the positive headlines, the global battery electric truck market contracted by 12% in 2018 owing to a decrease in demand from China. This was primarily due to a subsidy reduction of approximately $11,000, although the tit-for-tat trade war with the US and the looming threat of a Chinese economic slowdown may have also negatively influenced the market. Excluding China, however, the global battery electric truck market grew by a strong 63%.

Rueben Scriven, the report author, comments that “just under 180,000 battery electric trucks will be sold in 2019 with most of the demand coming from China. Outside of China, we forecast that just over 50,000 electric trucks will be sold; an 81% increase from 2018.” Scriven goes on to say, “because of the cost associated with large battery packs, the heavier segments will maintain a small share of the market while the light- and medium-duty segments will combine to make up 98% of the global battery electric truck market.”

Strong, sustained growth to 2025

Interact Analysis forecasts that just over 1.2 million electric trucks will be sold annually in 2025. The EU27 and APAC will make up the majority of the demand while the Middle East, Africa and South America will experience relatively sober growth. The US and Canada will experience moderate growth in absolute volumes but the number of electric trucks as a percentage of the total trucks sold in 2025 will only be 0.7% and 3.6% respectively.

Electric commercial vehicles typically have fewer moving parts than their combustion engine counterparts, meaning that revenue generated from maintenance and servicing will likely be reduced. Given that there will be over 4 million new electric trucks entering the global market in the next 7 years, the provision of new services such as grid management and on-site power generation will become important new revenue streams. New Flyer, Nikola, Chanje and Nissan have taken this approach and many more will follow suit.

Importantly, in markets that adopt electric trucks, the vehicle is becoming less central to the transportation solution, which invites other industries to enter the market. For example, utility companies are positioned well to join the eco-system whereby they supply the charging infrastructure, grid-management and on-site power generation with the potential to lease battery electric commercial vehicles as well.

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L3 MAPPS to Convert Wolsong Unit 1 Simulator for Unit 3 Training

Wolsong Nuclear Power Plant

Wolsong Nuclear Power Plant

– Converted simulator is expected to be in service by the third quarter of 2020 –

L3 MAPPS is pleased KHNP decided to convert the Wolsong 1 simulator contracted in 2016 to become the operator training platform for Wolsong 3,”

— Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales

MONTREAL, QC, CANADA, January 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — L3 MAPPS announced today that it is under contract with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (KHNP) to repurpose the Wolsong Unit 1 (Wolsong 1) CANDU* full scope operator training simulator to become the primary training simulator for Wolsong Unit 3 (Wolsong 3). The project will begin immediately.

“L3 MAPPS is pleased KHNP decided to convert the Wolsong 1 simulator contracted in 2016 to become the operator training platform for Wolsong 3,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We were near completion of the Wolsong 1 simulator, so it is extremely gratifying that all the hard work that went into the simulator will be leveraged for Wolsong 3.”

The Wolsong 3 full scope simulator, like the Wolsong 1 simulator, will use L3’s PC/Windows-based graphical simulation tools for the plant models and instructor station. All of the plant systems will be simulated, including the reactor, nuclear steam supply systems, balance of plant systems, electrical systems and I&C systems. The Wolsong 3 simulator models will be based on planned adjustments to the Wolsong 1 simulation that have already been developed, validated and maintained in L3’s state-of-the-art Orchid® simulation environment. The Digital Control Computers (DCCs) will be represented by an emulated DCC that will be integrated into the full scope simulator. The Wolsong 1 simulator’s full replica main control room (MCR) panels will be returned to Canada to be upgraded to accurately represent the Wolsong 3 MCR.

The Wolsong 3 simulator will also include severe accident simulation capabilities by including a version of the Modular Accident Analysis Program, known as MAAP4-CANDU**. The simulator will also be equipped with two-dimensional and three-dimensional animated, interactive visualizations of the reactor vessel and containment building to provide trainees further insight into the behavior of the plant during unlikely severe accidents.

About Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power
KHNP, a subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), provides about 30 percent of South Korea’s electricity supply, making it the nation’s largest power generation company. It has a total installed capacity of more than 27,000 MW through the operation of 21 nuclear power units, 35 hydropower units, 16 pumped-storage power units and a number of renewable energy facilities. The Wolsong site in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, houses four 700 MWe class CANDU reactors, Units 1 to 4.

About L3 MAPPS

L3 MAPPS, a subsidiary of L3 Technologies, has over 35 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 45 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

About L3 Technologies
L3 Technologies is an agile innovator and leading provider of global ISR, communications and networked systems, and electronic systems for military, homeland security and commercial aviation customers. With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2017 sales of $9.6 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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Vermont’s largest “solar parking lot” deploys innovative panels on the Burlington waterfront

Vermont’s largest “solar parking lot” deploys innovative panels on the Burlington waterfront

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the City of Burlington, and Encore Renewable Energy partnered to build a solar canopy for Science Museum

The opportunity is finding ways to take urban settings in which we already have high land use, like a parking lot, and turning it into renewable power production.”

— Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO

BURLINGTON, VT, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Burlington, VT — Encore Renewable Energy announced today that Vermont’s largest solar canopy to date, built by a public-private partnership for the Science Museum on the Burlington waterfront, has commenced generation of electricity.

The 156kWp solar carport at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain employs innovative two-sided panels that capture reflected light as well as the direct rays of the sun, increasing its output. It was constructed at the same time as a new parking lot and a state-of-the-art stormwater pollution control system built by ECHO and the City of Burlington to help improve the water quality in Burlington’s inner harbor.

“We are so pleased to have been able to work with ECHO and the City of Burlington in delivering this important project,” said Chad Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of Burlington-based Encore Renewable Energy, which built and will operate the array. “This project is a strong example of the forward-looking thinking and action that we need from municipalities, non-profits and other organizations below the national level, to advance the clean energy economy and address the negative impacts of climate change.”

The solar canopy project required complex engineering. Encore had to design for varying lakefront water levels, high winds, specific truck and bus traffic patterns at the Science Museum, and existing underground infrastructure. Due to ECHO’s location in Burlington’s previously industrialized waterfront, soil and water quality were continuously monitored throughout construction, in strict adherence to the State of Vermont’s regulatory process for environmentally contaminated property.

“The opportunity is finding ways to take urban settings in which we already have high land use, like a parking lot, and turning it into renewable power production,” said Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO.

The project design called for innovative bifacial, or two-sided, solar panels to increase the electricity generated by capturing albedo light, the short-wave solar radiation reflected from the parking lot, parked vehicles and nearby lake surface. This higher output will increase the overall savings for the Science Museum.

“We are thrilled to support ECHO’s mission, and their commitment to continued education to improve energy production, land use development and water quality management,” said Farrell.

Encore was responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of the project including navigating the complex lakefront environmental and geotechnical issues, project design, permitting, financing, construction, and commissioning. In addition, Encore and one of its financing partners will own, operate and maintain the project.

“This is a great project that advances many of the City’s key goals, from the protection of Lake Champlain through better stormwater facilities, to new solar capacity that helps move us toward our goal of becoming a Net Zero Energy City, to additional attractions in the heart of our vibrant waterfront,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “The City is proud to have played a role in this project, and I am very thankful for the hard work of ECHO and Encore in getting it done.”

ECHO was Vermont’s first LEED certified building when it was built in 2003. The building already features solar panels on the roof, natural lighting, passive heating and cooling, smart lighting, and specially controlled HVAC systems, built from renewable materials and locally sourced supplies.

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About Encore Renewable Energy
Encore Renewable Energy is a Burlington, Vermont-based leading clean energy development company focusing on commercial-scale solar photovoltaic systems and 21st-century solutions for underutilized property, including landfills, brownfields and rooftops. Founded in 2007 as Encore Redevelopment, Encore specializes in the design, development, financing, permitting, and construction of renewable energy projects. For more information about Encore, please visit EncoreRenewableEnergy.com

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an innovative science and nature museum located on Burlington, Vermont’s waterfront. ECHO leverages its unique setting to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is the public face of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7-acre campus that also includes the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory and research vessel, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial in Hoehl Park. Visit www.echovermont.org

About the City of Burlington
Burlington is a celebrated, vibrant, small city located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain. Burlingtonians are diverse, forward-thinking citizens, surrounded by scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The City is steeped in arts and culture, and is engaged in the growth of the local economy. Visit us at burlingtonvt.gov

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More Tariff Hikes as Eskom Faces Meltdown

Are South Africans willing to take the financial hit they are not responsible for?

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, January 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — This week, the mother city of Cape Town saw the start of nationwide public hearings. The purpose of these hearings is to establish whether Eskom should be granted the 15% tariff hike it applied for over the next three years. Naturally, the mere suggestion has been met with overwhelming negativity, and rightfully so. Experts agree that if Nersa (National Energy Regulator SA) was to approve the tariff hike request, it will only cause more financial challenges for everyone involved.

As it stands, Eskom has accumulated a total of R419bn in debt. At the beginning of 2018, this total was R380bn, which shows a significant increase over a very short time. This happened in spite of the special task-team appointed by the president himself. The fact that some members of the appointed team abandoned their positions in recent times only makes the situation more difficult.

South Africans had to listen to the Chief Executive of Eskom, Phakamani Hadebe, confess in front of Nersa that the power utility is on the brink of a financial meltdown. They also had to listen to Hadebe admit these challenges could have been avoided, and that no real plan exists to turn the company around.

Where does this leave the South African citizens?

For the most part, experts agree that such a big hike at this point in time is most likely to backfire, whether it is granted or not. More specifically, they expect citizens and business owners to start exploring alternative energy. This is mainly due to the lack of trust the public has in Eskom, as well as the individuals in key positions, but this is not the only source of concern. The effects of state capture are still relevant in several of the expensive contracts and tenders Eskom went into during the Zuma administration, putting only more strain on the broken utility company.

And the most practical alternative comes in the form of solar energy. What South Africans need to ask themselves is whether they want to continue seeing unbearable price hikes as Eskom sinks deeper into debt? Or do they want to break away from the cycle by investing in solar power? Considering the latter is getting more affordable every year, while the former will never stop increasing.

Even though a final decision has yet to be reached regarding an increased tariff hike for energy, is it really worth waiting? Will it make a difference whether the request is granted? There are no guarantees that the increased price will cover the shortfalls of Eskom, which is not the case with a solar system in place.

It is in the best interest of every South African to get informed about affordable energy solutions, like those offered by Solar Advice. Because at this point in time it is critical to plan for the future, especially when there is a possibility that the country can be left in the dark – completely.

A Da Silva
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Source: EIN Presswire