Thursday, September 28, 2017

groSolar completes 2.8-MW project for New York town

groSolar – an EDF Renewable Energy Company, and Ontario, New York, are pleased to announce the completion of the Town of Ontario Solar Project located on land shared with the town’s wastewater treatment facility. “Ontario further solidifies our commitment to sustainable growth, smart government, and diversity of energy resources,” said John Smith, Town of Ontario, Town Supervisor.

“The project is an excellent example of how municipalities, state agencies, and private companies are collaborating to bring new sources of distributed power generation to communities across the country,” said Timothy Heinle, groSolar Vice President.

The project will generate approximately 3,500,000 kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy in its first full year of operation; enough electricity to power more than 250 homes and offset nearly 2,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide produced by more traditional energy generation sources (like RENOGY 100W ) The project further provides power at a fixed price to the Town of Ontario for the next 25 years; offering the town substantial savings and insulation from volatile energy prices.

The project was made possible by the leadership of the Town of Ontario, Town Supervisor John Smith and funding through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) administers NY-Sun.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, solar power is integral to driving the state’s clean energy economy while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “The Town of Ontario Solar Project serves as a model for other communities across the state that want to reduce energy costs and create a clean, sustainable future.”

Sunday, July 30, 2017

What is the best way to keep up with hunting records and trail camera photos? Read more:

Question: What is the best way to keep up with hunting records and trail camera ( for example: MOULTRIE A-30 GAME CAMERA ) photos? Have you found any certain "system" that works well? — Marcus Ballard, Macon, GA

There is a wealth of information contained in the years of experience we all have accumulated. I am as guilty as the next person in not documenting all this information carefully enough to be of use later. All I have, after all these years of hunting nearly every day of the season, is a sense of what is happening. I can anticipate what is likely to happen next, but I can’t correlate conditions of the weather or moon phase of wind direction with the number of deer, bucks and age classes of the deer I have seen. That would be priceless information. I am going to do something about it.

One option is a software package from Chad Hensley and called the W.I.S.E. System. It stands for Weather and Imaging Synchronization Engine. This program allows you to load trail camera photos or observation data. You can then synch it to the nearest weather reporting station to permit perfect correlation with atmospheric and lunar conditions.

The cool thing is that you can then go back and run reports that compare deer activity with specific weather conditions. It all ties back to locations within your hunting area. After a few years, the program can literally tell you the best stand to hunt based on data and observations. It is a cool program. Myself and the guys at my office in town are now using it.

The next best approach is the old fashioned data base program that you simply create using Excel or Access. Unless you are pretty handy with these programs, it may simply be better to buy the prepared program and be done with it.
In this day of ready technology, it makes no sense to try to pull valuable information from a notebook diary filled with chicken scratching about what you saw and what the conditions were that day. That is way too labor intensive when later trying to boil it all down to a few useful conclusions. Too much work and time.

Granted, just because something happened one year ago doesn’t mean it will happen again this year. The true value of any record keeping system is the power of time. Had I just started this process 20 years ago, I could spout off many useful conclusions based on documented sightings. I could tell you whether I noticed a drop off in activity related to various moon phases or just thought I did. Knowing versus thinking – that is the big advantage of using real data.

The best time to start logging observation and trail cam data is ten years ago. The second best time is today. My advice is simple, don’t wait another year to get started.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

3 Tips to Grow your Online Retail Business

It is every small business owner’s dream to be like Amazon. Here is a web titan that started with just selling books online and has grown into online juggernaut that is giving nightmares to Wal-Mart. Being a small business online, it’s tempting to want to take on Amazon. But that’s like a gnat pitting itself against a god. Your best bet is to find your tiny corner of the web and dominate it on your own terms. While this helps you fight Amazon with your own niche, you will still face thousand other websites jostling for the top spot on Google rankings. So how can you make your website stand out from the crowd?

Be a Business that REALLY Delivers

You have probably suffered at the hands of shoddy delivery services before. Your package will end up on top of your roof, crushed under a speeding lorry, packed into your bin or simply won’t arrive at all. And the best explanation you’ll receive will be a shrug of the shoulders from a snotty delivery driver.

You don’t want to put your customers through such a trauma. Instead, find worldwide parcel services that are reliable and timely. Since the Royal Mail went private, a number of young bucks have sprouted up offering varying qualities of delivery service. So you’ll have plenty of choices – make you sure you make the right one.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Key Measures to Ensure the Success of Business Conference

A business conference can contribute significant value to the company hosting it. When done properly a conference can facilitate dialog between the attendees, inspire brainstorming sessions to come up with new and innovative ideas and develop relationship that will last beyond just the conference. Of course, a lot depends on how the conference is planned and where it is hosted. The organizers of the conference have to planned well in advance and ensure all aspects of the event hosting have been thought about and taken care of before the conference. It also helps to build a rapport with the staff and management of the venue and to fine tune all local resources from taxi services to currency banking.

There are many fine establishments to choose from, but some carry an exclusive seal of quality – they’ve hosted a top level leaders’ summit. If it’s good enough for the world’s most powerful people then it should be good enough for you. At these venues the knowledge of who has graced the conference rooms before will wow many of your delegates.

The regions of the UK are no stranger to high profile summits. In 1998, when security concerns surrounding terrorism and protestors were not so serious, one of the country’s biggest cities hosted the likes of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac for the G8 Summit. Birmingham’s ICC (International Conference Centre) was the venue and today it remains a first class conference facility with the key benefit of being centrally located and easily accessible.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Importance of Workplace Safety for Small Business Owners

Starting a new business is never an easy prospect, especially for those who are trying to be entrepreneurs for the first time. In many ways, it can be similar to attempting to keep several plates spinning without letting any of them crash to the floor. Apart from anything else, the experience is centred on sheer hard work.

Part of the problem for many men and women who are dipping their toes in the pool for the first time is that there is a desire to focus on only one or two aspects of the business. This is a somewhat blinkered approach, and in many instances it will lead to failure because they are simply not keeping an eye on the bigger picture.

One of the reasons for this is the tendency to concentrate on what we know best. For example, if you are knowledgeable about the financial side of the business but aren’t overly good at marketing, you will naturally want to focus more on the former and less on the latter. We all like to stay in our comfort zones when we can, of course.

groSolar completes 2.8-MW project for New York town

groSolar – an EDF Renewable Energy Company, and Ontario, New York, are pleased to announce the completion of the Town of Ontario Solar Pro...