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‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio

first_img‘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 installationlast_img read more

Secret to online banking customer support? Ditch the scripts

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “How can I make the monster under my bed chip in for the rent?” You might expect to hear a question like this from a friend or maybe a comedian, but this actually was asked in a chat with customer support at InSync, the mobile banking brand of Alfa-Bank Belarus, part of ABH Holdings.Even more surprising is the answer the support team member actually gave: “Throw the rent bill under the bed and threaten to set your cat on the monster!” Far from drawing a rebuke, we loved that response!As a result, the chat support team of InSync is quite unique, we believe. These 12 people — six men and six women — are available 24/7, have no call center-style scripts, and can solve a much wider range of problems than would usually be delegated to the first line of support. In more than three years since the team was formed, not a single person has left.last_img read more

Explosive Police frontline gives them edge against Winners tonight

first_img… Large turnout expected for finaleIN the sport of football the team with the most goals in a game is declared the winner and the customary match winners come from the attacking third.This is why many pundits are predicting a win for Police when they face the Mining Town’s Winners Connection in today’s final of the 2017 Edition of the Mayor’s Cup, at the Mackenzie Sports Club, Linden.Both teams are coming off of impressive victories with Police firing five past Soesdyke in their 5-1 triumph last Sunday at the MSC ground while Winners Connection managed to beat counterparts Milerock by a 3-1 margin in their encounter to set up a highly anticipated clash with the Lawmen for the top prize.The pundits believe that even though the game is being played in Winners Connection’s backyard and with the expected large turnout of support from the community combined with the age-old rivalry that exists when teams visit from Georgetown, the sheer explosive front line of Police may prove too powerful for the hosts to handle.Added to that, they are brimming with confidence following a string of victories or at minimum last-four appearances in nearly all the competitions they’ve played. The Lawmen have to be rated as the most in-form team in the country.The return of Dwain Jacobs from national duty has added even more potency to an already star-studded lineup, while talismanic striker Quincy Holder, who netted a beauty in their previous encounter, has shown how difficult it is to contain him.He will be supported by players the calibre of Philbert Moffat, Sharma Fraser, Steffon Ramsay and Rawle Haynes, all proven goalscorers with loads of experience.It could be a long difficult night for the Connection backstoppers, who will have to play way beyond their current potential to stop the rampaging Police strikeforce.On the other hand, Keon Sears, who netted a brace in their semi-final clash, will be the leader of the pack in search of goals, while the wily veteran Rawle ‘Boney’ Gittens is expected to pull the strings from midfield.Gittens is also known to make some surprising attacks upfront so it would be interesting to see what will be the strategy employed by the team’s coaching staff.Then there is the nippy Derrol Dainty, whose deceptive skills and poaching ability are underrated, but extremely important and he too could have a say in how the game finishes.Marmalique Davidson, who was kept off the score-sheet might be eager to steal the spotlight from Gittens and Sears so Police will have to ensure that whoever is assigned to him is equally competent to keep him quiet.It appears the defences of both teams are in for a torrid time and which one cracks first could decide the outcome of this year’s competition.The playoff for third place also has great significance because of how the teams from the Mining Town think.They do not allow visiting teams to dominate them in their hometown so immediately you see why the Milerock versus Soesdyke matchup is an exciting precursor for the main course.Milerock would want to give the home fans a positive start, while Soesdyke most likely would like to bolster the belief of Police with a victory over the hosts.Over $1M in total prize money is up for grabs with the winning team set to receive $500 000 and the Ministry of Citizenship trophy, while the runners-up take home $250 000 and the Busta trophy.The third- and fourth-place finishers will walk away with $150 000 and $100 000 along with trophies donated by John Fernandes Ltd and Cummings Electrical respectively.last_img read more

Arsenal special: Mikel Arteta and Hector Bellerin chat to Guillem Balague

first_imgWelcome to A Very Spanish Revolution – an exclusive look at how the Premier League turned Spanish.Featuring Arsenal duo Mikel Arteta and Hector Bellerin, as well as former Middlesbrough and Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta, it takes a look at how these top Spanish players adapted to life in a foreign land and took the Premier League by storm!Hosted by Guillem Balague, it is an exclusive round the tapas table interview with the trio, reflecting on their time in England, their experiences, the cultural differences and how they adapted to life as Premier League footballers.Mikel Arteta: I almost went to war with FIFA in bid to represent EnglandHector Bellerin hails Petr Cech’s influence on Arsenal‘I was the best Spanish snooker player in London!’ – Hector Bellerin on his early Arsenal struggleslast_img read more