‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required.“It allows you to inject the solar on the customer side of the meter prior to getting into the home,” said Michael Shonka, a solar installer who has put the new equipment in a half-dozen homes in the Omaha area. “This means we can cut out $1,000 to $2,000 worth of cost in the system because you don’t need electricians to go through foundations trying to get to the service panel, and you don’t need to rearrange the panel.”Some people know it as “plug and play” solar.The ConnectDER “collar” plugs into the meter socket, typically on the outside of the house, and then the meter plugs into the ConnectDER, meaning that the solar panels’ inverter connects directly with the meter without having to go through the household service panel.In Nebraska, the Omaha Public Power District approved the equipment this past summer, and the Lincoln Electric System is now evaluating it. In Ohio, utilities in Tipp City, Yellow Springs and Westerville permit the new technology, as do about a dozen other utilities from Vermont to California and Hawaii.Shonka said he is “always looking for innovations in the industry,” and heard about ConnectDER at an industry meeting.“I recognized this as being a problem because every time I went to do an installation, I ran into issues with how to make the electrical connection.” The last few feet of wiring, he said, “are very expensive. You have to get through foundations, run wire in conduit through the inside of the house, rearrange the circuit-breaker box.”Marketing the product is time-consuming, said ConnectDER’s product manager, Jon Knauer, because, “Each new market that we want to sell it into requires utility approval. Over time that gets easier, because once we have a couple utilities sign off, the others tend to follow along. We’re still in the phase of opening up new markets.”He’s hopeful that in the Midwest, with its numerous municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, the technology may spread more rapidly than in other regions.Smaller non-profit utilities “make decisions fairly quickly. The (Omaha Public Power District) approved it in a month or two, which isn’t very long. And there are a lot of statewide municipal or co-op associations that you can take the product to and say, ‘This group of utilities similar to you are doing this, and maybe you should think about doing the same.’”More: New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation
Millennials think they know a lot about credit. But the numbers tell a different story.More than 7 in 10 millennials said they feel confident about their credit knowledge, according to a recent survey by Experian. If fact, millennials on average estimated they had a score of 654. But it turns out that for many 18-to-34-year-olds, even that was an overestimation. And millennials are less likely to check their credit reports, Experian said.“I would say they don’t understand their credit. … Clearly they don’t know how (credit scores) are calculated,” said Guy Abramo, president of Experian consumer services.Abramo said many people don’t have a strong knowledge of how credit works and how scores are calculated. But most people don’t overestimate the way millennials did. “Most people aren’t overconfident,” he said. continue reading » 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Džanan Musa of Cedevita has been selected the 2017/18 ABA League Top Prospect in the voting of the ABA League coaches, fans and the ABA League itself. He won the contest ahead of Goga Bitadze of Mega Bemax and Aleksa Radanov of FMP.It’s official – young gun Džanan Musa of Cedevita is the best young player of the season in the ABA League, as won this title in the voting contest of the head coaches of ABA League teams, ABA League fans and the ABA League commission.The excellent guard of the Zagreb side has finished the voting with a total of 64% combined votes, ahead of Goga Bitadze of Mega Bemax, who had 16% and Aleksa Radanov FMP, who finished the voting with 5% of combined votes.Let’s mention that Džanan Musa was the best in votings of both fans and head coaches of the ABA League sides, which makes his achievement even more impressive. He also got the vote of the ABA League commission.For Džanan Musa this has been the third season with the Cedevita senior team and it has for sure been the one in which he gained full affirmation, as he became the undisputed leader of the Zagreb ABA League powerhouse. The 18-year old was averaging 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and a valuation of 15.9. Therefore, we can conclude that he has earned himself the Top Prospect title fully deservedly!