Award-winning solar program available until July 1

first_imgEnergy Co-op of Vermont,The Energy Co-op of Vermont’s Co-op Solar hot water heating program has received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its contributions to protecting the environment, conserving energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Vermont Governor’s Awards (SEE STORY) were established in 1993 to ‘recognize the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability.’ In 2012, the innovative solar program led to the installation of over 40 solar hot water systems in Chittenden County, keeping an estimated 70,000 lbs of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and saving Vermonters approximately $500,000 over the lifetime of the systems.Energy Co-op General Manager John Quinney and Program Coordinator Ben Griffin accepted the award on behalf of the Vermont residents, business owners and partners who participated in the 2012 program. Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, presented the award at UVM’s Davis Center on Tuesday evening, May 14th saying ‘The Co-op Solar program was designed to make solar simple and affordable by forming strategic partnerships, negotiating volume discounts, and providing cost-effective financing to reduce the overall cost. Others are now using this model to promote solar installations around the state.’The Energy Co-op of Vermont also announced that the deadline for the 2013 Co-op Solar program has been extended until July 1st, due to the high level of interest in the program and the continued availability of state incentive funds. Since its launch in February, over 500 Vermonters have signed up for a free solar site assessment available through the program to see how much they can save by going solar. Senator Bernie Sanders shared high praise for the program at the 2013 kick-off event saying, ‘What is particularly exciting about this program is that people can move in this direction without spending any more money on their fuel bills than they currently are, because they’re going to pay off their loan from the credit union by reduced fuel costs. That is exactly the right direction to go.’The state of Vermont offers a $900 – $1200 incentive towards the installation of the Co-op Solar systems through its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). A federal tax credit of 30% brings the net cost down even further. Coupled with the discount through the Co-op, the cost of a typical system has been reduced by almost 50%. Financing is also available through local banks and credit unions, helping the solar systems to be installed with little to no upfront costs. ‘We are really excited about this program because we think that this is the kind of innovative marketing and innovative financing that solar hot water needs.’said Andrew Perchlik, Executive Director of CEDF.In addition to extending the program’s deadline, the service area has been expanded for 2013 and is open to any home or business owner in Northwestern and Central Vermont. A Co-op Solar open house will be held Saturday, May 18th in Shelburne from 10am to 2pm at Sunward Systems (6221 Shelburne Road, Suite 210), the Vermont-based manufacturer of the solar hot water systems. Attendees can learn more about how the solar systems work and sign up for the program. Other educational events are planned and will be taking place in the Co-op Solar communities. Interested participants can get more details and also sign up for a site assessment online at www.Co-opSolar.net(link is external). The Energy Co-op of Vermont is a member-owned cooperative, delivering fuel oil, kerosene and wood pellets, and offering the installation and servicing of efficient heating equipment to a membership of 2,100 Vermonters. For more information about the Co-op or its Co-op Solar program, or to schedule an interview, please contact Ben Griffin by phone at (802) 395-1388 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Citizens Bank invites nonprofits to apply for Financial Literacy Funding

first_imgCitizens Bank,As part of an ongoing commitment to programs that give people the confidence and tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy, Citizens Bank is now accepting applications from Vermont nonprofits for financial literacy programs that teach good financial practices. Through January 30, organizations throughout the bank’s 11-state footprint are invited to submit an application for up to $50,000 in funding as part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program. Eligible Financial Literacy Activities include:·         Basics of banking and asset building·         Budgeting·         Homeownership counseling·         Foreclosure prevention·         Credit management and repair programs·         Financial management for small businessesIn 2014, Citizens awarded 108 nonprofit organizations more than $1.7 million in contributions through the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative.  In addition to providing funding, Citizens Financial Group colleagues facilitated financial literacy workshops and the program included a social media initiative to celebrate “Money Mentors,” and an online financial literacy resource center(link is external) dedicated to encouraging healthy financial habits.To receive consideration for funding, eligible nonprofits in the communities served by Citizens Bank and Charter One should submit an online application by January 30, 2015. Recipients will be announced in March 2015. For more information on nonprofit programs and services that may qualify for funding, or how to submit an application, please visit www.cybergrants.com/citizens/chcmanagemoney(link is external).Source: Citizens. 1.14.2015last_img read more

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Westbrook, Harden top All-NBA first team as George, Hayward snubbed

first_imgNEW YORK – For Cleveland’s LeBron James, there was history. For Houston’s James Harden, there was affirmation.And for Indiana’s Paul George and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone.James and Harden headlined the All-NBA first team that was unveiled by the league on Thursday. James made the first team for a record-tying 11th time, matching the mark set by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. And Harden was the only player to be unanimously selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters as a first-teamer this year, returning to that group for the third time in the last four seasons.Joining James and Harden on the first team were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. Westbrook, Leonard and Davis all are first-teamers for the second time.Harden was not an All-NBA team pick last season, after averaging 29 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists, which prompted Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to tweet his reaction.”Happy (at) James Harden was able to bounce back from his tough 29/8/6 performance last season to prove again he is one of the 15 best NBA players,” Morey wrote.James and Westbrook were on 99 first-team ballots, and second-team on the lone other. Leonard was a first-teamer on 96 ballots, second-team on three and third-team on one.Perhaps as significant a story as who made the team was who did not.George and Hayward fell well short of making any of the three All-NBA teams, which means they will not be eligible to get the ”supermax” extensions from Indiana and Utah this summer and now will face more questions about their futures in their respective cities. George is under contract to the Pacers for next season, while Hayward is likely to elect to become a free agent this summer.”These opportunities don’t come around very much,” Hayward said earlier this month. ”That’s why you hire an agent, to deal with this type of stuff.”All three teams have two guards, two forwards and one center.Harden and Westbrook were runaway choices at guard, James and Leonard were easy picks at forward. Davis barely held off Utah’s Rudy Gobert for the first-team center spot, finishing with 343 points to Gobert’s 339.Davis appeared on 95 of the 100 ballots; Gobert appeared on 91.Other second-team picks along with Gobert were Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas at guard, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo at forward.”So many great players, so many players had great seasons,” Durant said. ”It’s kind of hard to put guys on the first, second, third teams. So many guys played well this year. Just grateful to be a part of the list. Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is.”Third-team selections were Washington’s John Wall and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan at guard, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler at forward, and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers at center. Jordan edged Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns for the final center spot by four points in the balloting.Finalists for other awards, including MVP, rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year will be announced Friday night.All those awards will be announced in New York on June 26, and complete voting results will be released at that time. (AP) [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Westbrook, Harden top All-NBA first team as George, Hayward snubbed’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Saturday, May 20, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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It is normal for Barcelona to depend on Messi – Enrique

first_imgBarcelona manager, Luis Enrique has said his team’s reliance on Lionel Messi is perfectly normal, when you have “the best player in the world”.Messi has kept Barca’s title charge alive, with late winners against Leganes and Atletico Madrid in their last two fixtures.The five-time World Player of the Year, has over a year left on his current deal, with talks ongoing over a new deal.“It would be naive to think we wouldn’t depend on the best player in the world,” Enrique said on Tuesday.“Hopefully we can depend on him for many years to come.”Enrique also spoke about switching from Barca’s traditional possession-based game to a more direct style.“The key to having possession is not just to have it for the sake of it, but to have possession as a means of reaching a goal, and the goal is winning games,” he added.“If the opponent sits back and allows long passages of play in possession they don’t leave you spaces to find gaps.“If they decide to press high and leave space then it doesn’t make sense too not take advantage of that and in two touches overcome the press to score a goal.”last_img read more

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Lahanis are now aiming for the Melanesian Cup

first_imgRugby League Representing Papua New Guinea in the Melanesian Cup early next year is going to be an honour for the 2018 Digicel Cup premiers, says Goroka Lahanis captain Gonzella Urakusie. The 29-year old, who is also working as a game development representative for PNG National Rugby League in Goroka said in an interview that he was looking forward to the upcoming challenge. The Lahanis will be playing against the Vodafone Cup champions Rovarova Rabbitohs next February. The Bintagor sponsored side qualified for this after they beat Enga Mioks 10-6 in the Digicel Cup grand final in Port Moresby in September. “I feel so good about representing the country and Eastern Highlands with the Goroka Lahanis to go to the Melanesian Cup next year,” Urakusie said. “In our preparations to the Melanesian Cup, we have expert trainers helping us out and the boys are doing very well at the moment especially in terms of maintaining fitness. “All Lahanis players are communicating well and are committed to training because I think they’re all looking forward to go to Fiji. The former PNG Hunter also mentioned that the trip to Fiji will be a first of its kind experience for most of the Lahanis boys who have never travelled out of the country. “Most of our boys do not have more than five years experience of semi-professional rugby league in the Digicel Cup but I hope that winning the Digicel Cup has opened up their eyes and raised their spirits. “I am confident as the captain that we can do well, we played very well this year in the Digicel Cup having an unbeaten run with 11 straight wins to the grand-final to win it and, hopefully that will be the boost for us going to the Melanesian Cup. Apart from looking forward to the Melanesian Cup, Urakusie plans to continue to play in the Digicel Cup with the Lahanis for at least two more years before he retires.last_img read more

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Ryan Seacrest named new co-host of ‘Live with Kelly’

first_imgDavid M. Russell, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution(NEW YORK) —  It’ll be Live with Kelly and Ryan.Kelly Ripa revealed Monday that former American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be her new co-host on her daytime talk show, after teasing the announcement Sunday with a Twitter video, saying there’d be a “big announcement” the next morning.The news comes a year after former co-host Michael Strahan left the show after four years to take on a full-time role on ABC’s Good Morning America. Since then, Ripa has hosted Live with a variety of weekly guest co-hosts, including Seacrest, who’s done it several times.Seacrest’s co-hosting gig begins immediately. He’ll continue as host and executive producer of two large live franchises, E!’s Live from the Red Carpet award shows, as well as ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.In a statement, Ripa called Seacrest, “a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game.  I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at ‘Live’ to have him join the family.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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