Červen 2013

City to set standard for neon displays

28. června 2013 v 5:07 solar charger
A compulsory standard on the maximum degree of brightness allowed on LED screens at public venues will be implemented in September to control light pollution, the city's quality watchdog said yesterday.

The standard will regulate permitted light and measuring methods, targeting both LED screens installed outdoors and indoors, based on their locations and sizes.

The new standard is expected to be welcome by residents living in the luminous glare as a large number of LED screen users were found lighting extremely dazzling advertisements to attract customers, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said.

Lighting operators should modify or remove the lights if required, or face penalties for breaking the standard, bureau officials said.

Regulations about light pollution lag far behind the development of commercial facilities. The city has a local lighting norm issued in 2004, but it has no legal effect, meaning violators don't face any punishment.

It does not include the brightness of LED screens, which were not widely in use at that time, nor does it specify which government watchdogs should take the responsibility of measuring lights, making residents hard to forward complaints as the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau and Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau passed the buck to each other.

Glowing LED screens are more common nowadays with the rapid development of commercial facilities.

Wang Xiaomei, a resident of Hongkou District, has struggled with light pollution for about a year after the opening of One Prime Plaza, a shopping mall next to her residential complex. Huge LED screen changed colors from red to blue and sprayed welcome messages.

Wang said the bed rooms and sitting room were lit bright like daytime from 5:30pm to 10pm every day.

"I have no way but to draw curtains in deep color all the time. In summer, it can become very muggy," Wang said. She said the leaves of the plant on the balcony were also turning yellow at the side, triggering fears that long time exposure to the glowing lights could harm her health.

On the concourse, construction is underway to renovate all bathroom locations and add women's restrooms. Installation is scheduled to begin shortly on two elevators located on the northeast and northwest sides of the building, which will allow fans to easily access the hospitality areas in each of the four corners of the Robins Center.

As the calendar turns towards late summer and early fall, the Robins Center court will be refinished and repainted. At the same time, new LED lighting will be installed (the newest in sports lighting technology) in the ceiling, which earlier this spring received a new look with a fresh coat of dark blue paint.

Also during the fall prior to the start of the basketball season, four video boards and scoreboards will be installed on the facades of the hospitality areas, giving fans live video action, replays, time and score and player statistics.
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Sustainable LED Lighting

27. června 2013 v 5:31 street light
For pure-play LED (light emitting diode) company, Evolucia Inc. (OTCBB & OTCQB: ILED), the president's remarks centering on ways to "waste less energy" highlighted the company's ongoing strategy and efforts to educate governmental, municipal and commercial markets on the benefits of switching to sustainable LED light sources. Sarasota, Florida-based Evolucia Inc. has invested over $30 million in the design, development and manufacture of both interior and exterior commercial grade LED light sources.

"For example, the president pointed out the giant strides made over the past several years in car and truck fuel efficiencies," said Mel Interiano, CEO, Evolucia Inc. "With approximately 44.9 million streetlights installed nationwide consuming 7% of all lighting energy used-those more efficient cars and trucks should be driving under equally more efficient street lighting. With a switch to LED light sources, energy consumption could be reduced by more than 70% providing enough electricity to power 1.5 million U.S. homes and reduce greenhouses gas emissions by an estimate of 11 billion tons."

In response to the President's challenge to join a "Fight Americans can and will lead in the 21st Century", Evolucia launched the "Evolucia Finance Evolved" program, a total turn key lighting solution with 100% financing and zero dollars down providing customers with an easy way to finance all elements of their purchases of Evolucia lighting products through Evolucia's financing partners. A variety of financing options are offered.

"Cost and cash flow are often the major barriers for customers when it comes to retrofitting both interior and exterior lighting," said Interiano, "Evolucia has removed that barrier with a program designed to finance the installation of state-of-the-art energy efficient LED lighting and to help customers start saving dollars on day one."

Evolucia LED roadway lighting solutions have been saving energy at U.S. military bases such as Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Buckley and Camp Lejeune; at academic institutions such as Bentley University, DePaul University and Appalachian State University and have been lighting the streets of Tampa, FL, Boone N.C. and Sarasota, FL.

"The Evolucia products provide optimum energy savings, excellent light color and long life, however our key differentiator is our proprietary Aimed Optics technology platform which aims the light exactly where it is needed eliminating light spillage and pollution, preserving the dark sky and improving light distribution by 20% over standard light sources," added Interiano.

As an example, Bentley University has recently retrofitted campus buildings, parking lots and walkways with energy-efficient light sources. With the addition of 171 110 watt Evolucia LED cobra heads, the University has cut energy consumption by 636,972 Kwh saving $106,724 in energy costs annually. That translates to 439 metric tons of greenhouses gases avoided or the removal of nearly 87 cars from our roadways.

In addition to saving nearly 63% in energy costs, the Evolucia Aimed Optics technology puts the light exactly where it is needed so that there is no light trespass or light pollution. The parking lots are bathed in a bright white LED light enhancing the safety and security of the campus while at the same time allowing students to enjoy a beautiful dark night sky.

"President Obama called for action now in fight against climate change. At Evolucia we have a proven technology that reduces greenhouse gasses, saves energy and combats rising costs backed by customer-friendly financing options to make the switch to LED lighting a reality today," said Interiano. More information about the program is available on the web site at www.solaronlamp.com.

War on late-night crime reaps rewards in Eastgate Street

25. června 2013 v 6:02 street light
NIGHT safety campaigners say they are winning the war on crime in the city centre. New figures show a dramatic fall in the number of violent or threatening incidents in the city centre, and Eastgate Street in particular.
Bars, clubs, taxi drivers and police are working hard to improve the image of the city. And that hard work is starting to reap rewards, reflected in the latest crime statistics for the area.
In the same period, cases of public fear, alarm and distress have fallen by 33 per cent and assault with injury cases have reduced by 15 per cent.
PC Mark Mansfield, Night Time Economy Enforcement Officer, said: "This is really great news for Gloucestershire Constabulary.
"Officers are consistently working hard to reduce crime in our city centre and make it a safer place to be, especially at night time."
Eastgate Street has had new LED lighting fitted which makes the whole area much brighter. Police have also carried out searches for knives and drugs in pubs and clubs and have stepped up foot patrols at night.
Other successful operations include a 'raise the bar' course for bar staff on the dangers of underage drinking and a trial pedestrianisation of Eastgate Street at night.
City council deputy leader Jennie Dallimore, who also chairs the city Nightsafe group, said: "There is no doubt that some of the physical improvements to the city, especially in the Eastgate Street area to include improved lighting and CCTV coverage have had an impact.
"Feeling safe in Gloucester was the number one priority for residents in the City Vision and it is therefore only right that we continue to focus on further improvements."
She said: "They've been coming back and back over a few nights and they seem to wait until the plants are fully grown and looking nice before they pull them off the walls."
If it was for the metal in the baskets I could understand but it's like they're just taking it because it's nice and they're jealous of it.
"It's so frustrating because we want the street to look nice but there's people who seem determined to ruin it for everybody."
Ann Batley, who also lives on Marlfield Street, said: "It was looking magnificent before and everyone had worked so hard to get the street looking nice. We were so proud of it."
"People are losing sleep now because they're wondering if they're going to be back again or even if they're going to try and break in to the back alleys."
"Part of the problem is we don't have enough street lighting which makes it easy for people to do stuff like this because they think they'll get away with it."
Stephen Holt, chair of the Parkmount Residents Association, which oversees Marlfield Street and the surrounding community, said: "It's despicable what has happened. People have gone out of their way to get this grant and transform their community but have had their hard work ruined by a bunch of thieves and vandals." Read the full story at www.solaronlamp.com web.

New LED streetlights coming to Saline

24. června 2013 v 5:42 solar power systems
The city will soon have nearly 125 new LED streetlights, which are projected to save money and improve on energy efficiency.

The Saline City Council passed a resolution Monday to allow the replacement of 122 DTE-owned streetlights in the city's TIFA district and area neighborhoods.

The $50,000 project will be paid for by TIFA funds, the Fiscal Year 2013 street lights budget and a $7,485 energy optimization rebate from DTE. It includes the conversion of mercury vapor streetlights as well as high wattage, high pressure sodium lamps and a few lower pressure sodium lamps to LED streetlights. The estimated annual savings is nearly $13,000 with a payback of slightly more than three years, said Jeff Fordice, the city's Department of Public Works director.

"The cost of material and equipment have come down quite a bit in the last few years so for less money we are getting twice as many lights this time around," he said.

In 2011, the city took part in a DTE Energy-funded demonstration project where the company provided about $50,000 along with the cost of labor and materials to replace 57 mercury vapor streetlights. That conversion saves the city more than $5,500 per year, Fordice said.

Mary Lirones of Saline spoke during the public comment period and stated that the LED lights used on her street are bright and shine into her bedroom.

"I've gotten used to it but I still prefer the darkness that I had before the light was put in," she said.

The nearly 50-year-old fixtures scattered the light but the new fixtures are more controlled and focus the light downward onto the front yards and sidewalks as opposed to up and sideways, he said.

"There's more light where we want it but it's more light than what people are used to," he said.

Councilman Lee Bourgoin asked if shields could be used to re-orientate light being directed at a window. In the past he has seen other cities use similar methods.

Fordice said DTE is not in favor of shields and the city has not used shields for the LED streetlights that are already in use.

Councilman David Rhoads asked if the lights will be hung from cables, similar to the lights on South Ann Arbor Street.

Over the winter, the Compact installed light-emitting diode or LED demonstration street lights in 17 towns as part of a goal to retrofit all municipal-owned street lights by 2014. There are approximately 14,000 town-owned streetlights on the Cape and Vineyard, according to the Compact. In total, the complete conversion from older streetlights could save towns and counties $500,000 annually, according to the Compact.

In Provincetown there are about 420 streetlights, and the town could save about $21,000 on its electricity bill each year by converting to LED street lights.

The town's walking and biking traditions have required a bit of fine-tuning to the demonstration street lights, more so than in the region's larger towns where street lights are more geared toward drivers, Compact program manager Kevin Galligan said.

On Wednesday, Compact officials adjusted the lights more in the Tremont Street area, trying to soften and warm the lights to something resembling moonlight and installing shields that narrow the scope of the lights.

"People didn't want to have a massive amount of illumination," Galligan said about homes, businesses and even park benches along Commercial Street.

The board of selectmen will discuss the conversion to LED street lights at its meeting tonight and likely take a vote to allow the town to be part of the Compact's bulk purchase, selectmen chairman Austin Knight said Tuesday. Click on their website www.solaronlamp.com for more information.

GE's Infusion LED Lighting Paints Woodson Art Museum

21. června 2013 v 5:44 street light
Serving an estimated 56,000 visitors annually, the Woodson Art Museum's flagship exhibition is the internationally renowned Birds in Art, a juried exhibition that each fall comprises fresh interpretations in various styles by artists from around the world.

To accommodate a permanent collection of 43 paintings by Owen J. Gromme, the Woodson constructed a new gallery outfitted with GE's Infusion LED modules instead of halogen lamps that have been used throughout the museum's galleries. Gromme is considered the "father of Birds in Art" and served as guest curator of the museum's inaugural exhibition in 1976.

"Although we were skeptical at first of LED lighting solutions because of initial cost, we're now so pleased with the color and the clean, white light in our new gallery that we're looking to retrofit all of the galleries with LED," said Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions at the Woodson Art Museum. "Compared to our old halogen lamps, the LED lights have a softer edge; when you step from a traditionally lit gallery to our new gallery, the new museum lighting creates a completely different atmosphere and a fresh appearance for visitors."

Working with Specialty Lighting Sales of Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wis.), the museum tested a variety of bulbs and fixtures, eventually ordering GE's LED modules installed in Journée Lighting's Zinnia 1000i track lights because of superior aesthetics and functionality. GE's Infusion LED lighting maintains consistent color quality from module to module and is available in a wide range of lumen packages to meet various lighting needs.

As a nonprofit art museum committed to free admission, the Woodson is always looking for ways to improve its bottom line. Utilizing GE's Infusion LED module instead of the traditional 50-watt halogen MR16 lamps saves the Woodson approximately 30 watts of energy per fixture as well as lowers the cooling load of its HVAC system, contributing to both direct and indirect energy savings.

Additionally, GE's Infusion modules' twist-fit installation combined with a common base design reduces the Woodson's operational costs. Instead of replacing an entire LED light fixture at the end of its life, the module can simply be replaced to minimize environmental waste.

With interchangeable modules, GE's Infusion products deliver game-changing technology to the market. As lighting needs change, it is quick and easy to adapt by removing the entire LED module and upgrading in seconds.

"The flexibility of the Infusion system is among the reasons we chose it," said McGivern. "It sets us up to adapt to new lighting technologies down the road by allowing us to easily switch out the modules."

The long-life LED museum lighting solution also eases the maintenance burden for the Woodson Art Museum, where a scissor-lift truck often is required to reach 20-foot ceilings.

"Walking through the galleries, we have bulbs that burn out daily," added McGivern. "Being able to install LED lights and know we won't need to change them for 8-10 years is very refreshing." More information about the program is available on the web site at www.solaronlamp.com.

Coral study may lead to health benefits

20. června 2013 v 4:58 street light
Taiwanese and US marine biologists have solved a major scientific puzzle on the bioluminescent color changes seen during the life cycles of coral, and the findings might be used to find ways to protect human skin from damage by ultraviolet rays.
In a research collaboration between the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, California, scientists found that coral fluorescence changes from green in larvae to cyan in adult colonies.
According to Fan Tung-yun, co-author of the research report, ultraviolet radiation is harmful to coral and leads to coral bleaching and can even kill reef colonies.
Past studies determined that coral have fluorescent proteins in their cells, which absorb higher-energy light and emit fluorescent light in a lower energy field, but the changes in life development and its associated behavior had not yet been fully explained, Fan said.
For the collaboration, the museum harvested newborn stony coral larvae (Seriatopora hystrix) in waters off Kenting's South Bay and raised them in an aquarium.
The paper - titled Life History Changes in Coral Fluorescence and the Effects of Light Intensity on Larval Physiology and Settlement in Seriatopora hystrix - was co-authored by Fan and US counterparts, M.S. Roth and Dimitri Deheyn.
The scientists subjected newborn larvae, growing larvae and adult polyps to varying wavelengths of light radiation, including ultraviolet, blue and cyan-colored lights.
Results indicated that the change in fluorescence from green in larvae to cyan in adult colonies can be attributed to physiological traits, and the fluorescent protein is affected by environmental conditions, heat stress, as well as differences in light levels and wavelengths.
"The fluorescent proteins have a varying protective effect during the coral's life cycle. It is likely correlated with the fact that planktonic larvae float near the ocean's surface [and are more exposed to sunlight] while adult polyps are anchored on the seafloor at some depth [and are thus more protected]," Fan said.
"Our discovery might benefit research into the protection of human skin from ultraviolet radiation. Scientists may be able to develop new types of sun screens or protective suits to guard against solar radiation and offer people greater protection," he added.
To meet the company's sustainability goals, Ikea's stores in the United States recycle waste material, use energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems, recycle construction materials, and incorporate skylights in warehouse areas and water-conserving features in the restrooms.
The company also has eliminated plastic bags from the check-out process, phased-out the sale of incandescent bulbs, accepts compact fluorescent bulbs for recycling, and by 2016 will sell and use only LED lights. Read the full story at www.solaronlamp.com web.

NanoCrystals May Hold Key to 'Natural' LED Light

18. června 2013 v 5:41 solar photovoltaic system
According to new research, minuscule crystals that are glowing in different colors may be the ingredient that has thus far been missing from natural-like LED lighting.
Light-emitting diodes, which are commonly known LEDs, are promoted by many thanks to their energy-saving capability. The lights use incandescents and fluorescents that can produce single-color light as seen in items like street lights or children's toys.
Developing the LED light that creates a broad spectrum has proved, thus far, to be difficult. Making a light that gives off a natural and warm lighting effect is even more difficult. LEDs create their lighting effect through the passing of electrons through a semiconductor material, which is more often than not tied to materials called phosphors.
"But it's hard to get one phosphor that makes the broad range of colors needed to replicate the sun," said John Budai, a scientist in ORNL's Materials Science and Technology division. "One approach to generating warm-white light is to hit a mixture of phosphors with ultraviolet radiation from an LED to stimulate many colors needed for white light."
Budai, works with the University of Georgia and Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories in order to better understand the crystals. Zhengwei Pan's group at the Georgia grew what were called nanocrystals in order to avoid the use of rare-earth elements like europium.
"What's amazing about these compounds is that they glow in lots of different colors-some are orange, purple, green or yellow," Budai said. "The next question became: why are they different colors? It turns out that the atomic structures are very different."
Budai spent time studying the structure of the materials at the atomic level. He utilized x-rays from the Argonne Advanced Photon Source, finding two types of crystals.
"Only the green ones were a known crystal structure," Budai said. "The other two, the yellow and blue, don't grow in big crystals; they only grow with these atomic arrangements in these tiny nanocrystals. That's why they have different photoluminescent properties."
Using atom arrangement, the team looked to create differing colors of phosphors to exhibit separate diffraction patterns. That allowed researchers to analyze specific structures of given crystals.
"What that means in terms of how the electrons around the atoms interact to make light is much harder," Budai said. "We haven't completely solved that yet. That's the continuing research. We have a lot of clues, but we don't know everything." More information about the program is available on the web site at www.solaronlamp.com.

Sunset for Solar Subsidies

17. června 2013 v 7:51 solar power systems
The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for an end to all subsidies, tax breaks, price subsidies and guaranteed markets for solar power.

The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said every country that forced consumers to use and subsidise renewable energy was suffering soaring electricity prices, increasing risks of grid instability and blackouts, and widespread loss of real industry and real jobs.

"Any politician who bleats about high electricity prices needs to look no further than the stupid energy policies that are causing most of them. We do not have an energy crisis - we have an energy policy crisis."

In the days of Queen Victoria they said, truthfully "the sun never sets on the British Empire".

But it does set on Australia, every single day. Even the green power engineers in Parliament must have noticed that the sun also sets on all those solar charger that their mandates and subsidies have plastered onto Australian roofs.

Solar energy is most intense on the equator but weakens towards the poles. It disappears when the sun sets or cloud obscures the sun. For just six hours or so per day during summer, in a clear tropical desert area, solar energy is reasonably reliable and collectible, although always very dilute. But at times of peak demand, about 6.30pm in winter, solar panels contribute nothing to electricity supply.

Billions have been spent on researching ways to store massive amounts of solar energy to cover the eighteen hours per day of low or zero solar supply.

Many things will work in the lab, even a big bank of car batteries. But once real engineers take over from green dreamers and academics, most of their fanciful energy storage schemes become horrendously expensive or impractical. (A linked hydro scheme would work, but no one would be allowed to build it in case it disturbed a green frog.)

But nature has provided us with the answer and some decade soon an academic will re-discover that the solar energy of yesteryear is stored in concentrated form in prodigious quantities as COAL.

So abundant, reliable and cheap is this stored sunshine, that even green Europe is rediscovering it. Seventeen coal-fired power stations are being built or modernised in Germany, the solar panel capital of the world. China, the world's biggest exporter of solar panels, is building 363 coal-fired plants for itself.

Green energy policies have destroyed the reliability and economics of power in Europe for zero benefits for the climate or the environment - low cost energy is being forced out by high cost energy. Australia should have learned from Europe's solar subsidy stupidity. Subsidised solar panels may be good for harvesting votes, but they are not sensible for generating grid power. Only proper power stations will keep the lights on 24/7.

Those who wish to use solar panels should be free to do so providing they accept all the costs and benefits of their decision.

A Starter Kit for the Internet of Things

13. června 2013 v 5:42 solar photovoltaic system
What good is it for the ordinary machines in your house-thermostats, garage door openers, refrigerators, and more-to become "smart," if the added features go unused? Ayla Networks wants to unlock those features for users by helping manufacturers make them controllable from smartphones.
The Silicon Valley-based start-up last week unveiled a Wi-Fi module with software to connect household devices to home networks and cloud services. The goal is to make it easier for manufacturers to add wireless connectivity and write apps for their products, be they appliances or light bulbs.
Ayla, which has raised $5.4 million from Voyager Capital and Crosslink Capital and had been quiet since its founding three years ago, is one of many companies betting that the "Internet of things" in consumer products, after false starts in the past, is finally beginning to materialize. They may be right: Nest Lab's Learning Thermostat and Philips' Hue "connected" LED bulbs have attracted consumer interest and more home automation products are being developed all the time.
The biggest barrier to the consumer Internet of things isn't necessarily the hardware-Wi-Fi chips are already in millions of devices, notes Ayla founder and CEO David Friedman. More important is simplifying the networking and application software for manufacturers. "There's massive pent-up demand to do this at low costs and frankly, it is the software to tie it all together that is the piece to make it all go," he says.
Embedding Ayla's networking software into devices should speed up product development, because manufacturers can let the software manage connectivity and security. Ayla also offers a cloud service that makes it easier to write applications for connected devices. For example, the software lets people register devices on their home Wi-Fi networks in one step or control many devices from a single smart phone application. Prewriting these basic software features for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will enable more smart objects, says Friedman.
Ayla charges a one-time fee of "a few dollars," rather than a recurring license. Its first customer is Chinese Internet company Sina, which is using the system to provide up-to-date weather forecasts to a Wi-Fi-enabled "weather station" device. Friedman says another company is interested in using Ayla's platform to build a smart plug that would allow people to remotely control appliances and monitor energy usage.
Friedman expects OEMs to prefer that users manage their devices, even a garden irrigation system or a pool pump, from their smart phone, rather than the device itself, thereby eliminating touch screens and reduce their production costs.
Household appliance makers have been touting "smarts" for years, which they hope will make it easier to remotely diagnose problems and make fixes to white goods. For consumers, smart appliances could save money by running at off-peak times or perhaps send a text to the owner when a load of laundry is done. But, in general, smart appliances have been slow to take off, perhaps because prices are higher and the benefits aren't always clear.
But other smart devices have been more successful. Wireless thermostats, such as the one from Nest, can be remotely controlled from a smart phone, a handy feature, and they typically are easier to program from an app. Early buyers of wireless light bulbs appreciate the ability to set a lighting schedule and control the color of light. Perhaps smart thermostats and LED bulbs offer some insight into how the Internet of things in consumer devices will take shape. In both cases, the appeal comes not from the wireless connectivity, but from the convenience of remote control and the added functionality of the apps. More information about the program is available on the web site at www.solaronlamp.com.

'Lights out' in Hanover

9. června 2013 v 5:14 solar charger
Haughton alleged that the unscrupulous contractors have been selling the street lights and are removing them from some communities and erecting them in other areas. She said the most recent removals had been conducted in the Haughton and Santoy districts in the division.

"Some JPS contractors are hustling the street lights that were intended to benefit Hanover residents, and they should stop it," she said.

"The street lights are there to serve the residents. Once they are put in place, they should not be removed. The Hanover Parish Council has to pay for these lights and they (lights) are not there to financially benefit third parties," the mayor added. "Residents should try their best to find some way of identifying these unscrupulous individuals and call the police."

When contacted, JPS Parish Manager for Hanover, Antoinette Burton-Steer, said the company had "not received a formal complaint on the matter". She said JPS acts on the direction of parish councillors regarding placement of street lights and that maintenance of these solar lamp can be carried out by contractors or in-house maintenance crews.

This is not the first time parish councillors in Hanover have complained about public street lights being stolen or removed. In 2008, then Mayor of Lucea and Chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, Lloyd Hill, complained that the council had been losing thousands of dollars over a two-year period due to the illegal removal of street lamps across the parish by dishonest persons.

At the time, Hill said the lamps were being connected to the posts by one or two bolts and so could be easily removed in a few minutes. He said payment to the JPS could not be withheld as the company was being paid directly by the Local Government Department from property taxes paid by residents in the parish.

I am writing to thank the many people who cast their ballots on May 14 for me and wish to thank those whose contributions helped support me whether by sweat equity, financially or in spirit in my run for City Council Ward B. Thank you to the Editorial Board of the Jersey Journal for your kind endorsement. This support has been very meaningful and has made me stronger in my conviction to get my message out and have the chance to serve honorably.

Due to Gerald Meyers legally removing himself from the Tuesday runoff election, the Superior Court ordered that I be placed on the ballot, giving the over 62 percent of people who voted for someone other than the first place finisher a choice in the runoff election. This is how our Democratic ideals should work and I am glad that the Court prevented this process from being short-circuited and permitted the spirit of the law to prevail.

We now have a choice. I believe the City Council needs truly independent and strong voices that owe their political allegiance to no one except the electorate and are therefore free to vote in the best interest of all residents.

As an independent candidate, I have a vision for Ward B and the city as a whole. Some initiatives that I would like to advocate for include reimagining Ward B as the "University District," to bring an urban renaissance and jobs to a long forgotten area of the city; advocating for the transitioning of our street lighting to an LED system which is greener, more cost efficient, and brighter, helping to keep taxes affordable and our streets safer; looking into the rising cost of water and sewer charges and bringing the service back under municipal control; lobbying for state funding to pay for police overtime to help with increased traffic flow due to work on the Pulaski Skyway; and seeking/supporting quality youth programs such as the Guardian Angels, which I have previously tried to bring to Jersey City.

Europe’s most attractive solar market

7. června 2013 v 5:38 solar photovoltaic system
With the UK market booming, quality is high on the agenda as installers and developers look to take advantage of stable subsidies for residential, commercial and large-scale projects.

The UK is currently one of the world's most dynamic solar markets, having seen 0.5GW installed so far this year and forecasts predicting cumulative capacity to reach 3GW by the end of 2013.

Figures published today by market tracker Wiki-Solar claim the UK is now Europe's most attractive large-scale solar market, with 336MW of capacity installed in 49 separate projects of 5MW or bigger since the start of the year.

Measures to ensure this boom does not take place at the expense of quality will be under discussion at Doing Solar Business in the UK, a half-day event organised by PV-Tech's publisher Solar Media at Intersolar Europe later this month. The event is aimed at companies looking to enter the UK market.

The seminar will hear a presentation from Stephen Pester, principal consultant at the UK's Building Research Establishment on newly issued best practice guidelines on small-scale domestic solar installations.

His presentation will examine how the new guidelines differ from previous ones and what they are likely to mean from a commercial point of view.

Meanwhile, the newly formed National Solar Centre is drawing up a planning best practice guide for large-scale solar installations. This is expected to form part of the UK's solar strategy due out imminently setting out the path towards the UK's ultimate goal of installing 20GW of solar capacity by 2020.

Best practice in the deployment of large-scale solar will be one of the topics under debate in a panel discussion featuring leading figures from developers and EPC companies operating in the UK. Participants include Jan Sisson, UK managing director of juwi Solar, and Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, the developer behind what is currently the UK's largest solar installation.

David Owen, chief executive of Solar Media and publisher of PV Tech said: "The UK is an exciting place to do solar business, whether you're looking at residential or large-scale projects. But maintaining quality will be of key importance if the UK solar industry is to reach its goal of 20GW by 2020, which is why I am excited to see so many quality companies taking part in this event."

Doing Solar Business in the UK will explore a range of other key topics, offering prospective investors insights into all the key areas they will need to know about before entering this exciting market.

The publication also provided insight into the workings of the regulation, showing a calculation of dumping margins between 48.1% and 113% by company. It also revealed that the EC admits that such duties may "slightly" impact the market, although it ruled that benefits to the EU would outweigh such impacts.

"To start with, the 2020 goals do not depend on the solar energy exclusively," reads the regulation. "Equally important are other green energies such as: wind, biomass, hydro etc."

"Since no particular percentage is attributed to the solar energy for the 2020 goals, a slightly lower number of PV installations is not expected to raise the overall cost of the 2020 Agenda."

"Furthermore, the price of solar light is only one of many factors, which are vital for the development of the PV industry in Europe. Equally important are: a favorable legal and financial framework at European and national levels, improved access to financing of renewable energies projects and the investment in research and development."