American Solar Powers Up Its Image

Offers Homeowners The Power of Choice®

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

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American Solar’s New Logo

American Solar, Arizona’s #1 residential solar power contractor, announced today that it has revolutionized its brand and reinforced its commitment to the power of solar energy in Arizona.

Imagery in the new logo is designed to reinforce the significance of the solar industry. In the background are the rays of the sun depicted as straight, clear-cut lines that represent the clarity of American Solar’s mission: to provide its customers the Power of Choice®.

The hand in the center of the logo reinforces the idea of power – the power of the customer to cut utility costs, to harness the energy of the sun and to choose a renewable, sustainable source of energy that will outlive fossil fuels. The logo’s badge style also conveys authority, as well as the company’s commitment to choice and freedom.

“When we created American Solar more than a decade ago, our game plan was – and continues to be – to disrupt the status quo and give customers a choice in how they generate and use electricity,” said the company’s President Sean Seitz. “With this new image, we’re inviting homeowners in Arizona to join us in the solar revolution.”

Sean Seitz American Solar

Sean Seitz of American Solar

Seitz continued, “Even as we change our image, we are continuing the practices that have made us the state’s #1 solar installer. We put our customers first and provide them with the best information, the best expertise and the best experience. We like to push the limits to make sure that when our customers choose American Solar, they know they’re receiving cutting-edge equipment and savvy, well-informed advice.”

The logo – along with the company’s new slogan, “The Power of Choice®” – has already begun to appear in company publications and will shortly be supported by a new website at http://www.americanpv.com.

To find out more about American Solar, and to join the solar revolution, visit http://www.americanpv.com.

American Solar is the leader in solar energy innovation. Arizona‐based and privately held, American Solar is committed to providing its customers with the power of choice. To join the revolution and make the switch to solar, visit http://www.americanpv.com. (AZ ROC License #168657 [K‐11], #236520 [K‐42]).

Cody Pools Tops List of Top 50 Pool Builders in the Nation

Each year, POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine names the Top 50 pool builders in residential construction. Cody Pools tops the list as the #1 ranked Pool Builder in the Nation.

Georgetown, Texas (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

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Cody Pools Tops List of Top 50 Pool Builders in the Nation.

Cody Pools, Inc. has been named by POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine as #1 in their list of Top 50 Pool Builders. Winning companies are featured in the June 28th issue of POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine.

POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine, published by Hanley Wood, LLC is the largest publication in the swimming pool and hot tub industry. Each year, POOL AND SPA NEWS magazine names the Top 50 pool builders in residential construction. The Top 50 are a prestigious line up of the pool industry’s best performers and provide a good example of how to run a successful building company. Criteria for choosing the Top 50 include revenue, staff, web presence, industry and community involvement.

“We are honored to be included in POOL AND SPA NEWS’ Top 50 list and to have the #1 overall ranking” says Mike Church, President, Cody Pools, Inc. “The Top 50 includes an impressive list of pool building companies and we are privileged to be named to this select group. Thanks to the healthy Texas economy we’ve been able to see noticeable growth over the past several years. We expect to build over 600 pools this year and have expanded our operations into Dallas and Houston Texas”.

Cody Pools, Inc. is a Texas based builder of custom in-ground swimming pools for both residential and commercial customers. We were established in 1994 and have 9 locations in Texas serving the greater Austin, San Antonio, Killeen, Waco, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston areas. Our corporate headquarters are located in Georgetown Texas and Cody Pools currently has 65 employees. Cody Pools is an Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Certified Pool Builder and an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information, please visit http://www.CodyPools.com.

Made in America Program Hails Manufacturers Whose Sustainable Products are Made in the United States

Green Builder Media.

Green Builder Media.

SEATTLE, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Green Builder® Media announces the launch of its Made in America campaign. This program celebrates U.S.-made products and manufacturing facilities that support the American economy and limit harmful emissions into the atmosphere by reducing the miles products need to travel to get to consumers.

Kicking off the campaign is the Made in America giveaway, which launched June 19. Green Builder Media is offering a chance for one lucky family to win a 3-night, 4-day trip for four to visit the Green Builder VISION House® in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to experience some of the latest eco-friendly products made in the United States. Go to www.greenbuildermag.com/MadeInAmericaGiveaway to enter.

The resurgence in American manufacturing is, in part, because of the enthusiasm for products sourced and produced in the United States. According to Alan Uke in his book “Buying America Back,” just one manufacturing job supports five other U.S. jobs: “Any amount consumers spend on U.S.-made goods, or goods from countries with balanced trade, brings and holds money into the U.S. economy.  It also makes the United States more politically, financially, and militarily secure.”

Green Builder Media’s flagship publication—Green Builder magazine—the most influential magazine in the market focused on sustainable living –will concentrate its July and August issues on Made in America success stories and products that building professionals and consumers can feel good about specifying.

“We are committed to supporting companies who not only help bolster the U.S. economy, but also run green facilities and offer consumers quality sustainable products that minimize the negative environmental impacts of long-distance transport,” says Green Builder Media CEO Sara Gutterman. “The innovative companies that will be featured in our Made in America campaign are leading the market at a time when environmental stewardship is more important than ever.”

The VISION House in Lake Buena Vista, FL is the ideal venue to highlight Made in America green products. U.S. made products showcased in the exhibit include:

  • Boral durable roof tiles, bricks and pavers, stone, and trim,
  • Kohler low-flow plumbing fixtures,
  • Schott high-performance cooking and fireplace glass,
  • Pella energy efficient windows and doors,
  • Armstrong sustainably harvested flooring and cabinets,
  • BioBased spray-foam insulation by Rhino Linings,
  • DuPont housewrap and surfaces.

For more information about Made in America products and the VISION House, visit Green Builder Media’s website at www.greenbuildermag.com.

About Green Builder Media:

Green Builder® Media is the leading media company in North America focused on sustainable living and responsible growth. With a comprehensive suite of print media, online options, demonstration homes, case studies, training and education vehicles, and live events, Green Builder Media helps building professionals and homeowners thrive in the emerging green economy.

Why Most Renovations Start In The Kitchen And What Homeowners Might Be Missing

renovations kitchenTORONTO, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ – Each year, OutRank by Rogers helps small businesses connect with potential customers by securing placement in the results of relevant consumer Google searches. When it comes to general contracting and home renovations, OutRank’s clients appeared in website results for over 2 million of these searches in 2012.

So what is the word most often used by Canadians when searching for a contractor online?

For over 850,000 searches that word is ‘kitchen’. This single room of the house is the focus of 44% of keywords filtered through the OutRank database.

A conversation with contractors helps shed some light on what drives this key search term. “The kitchen is an essential room and people take pride in making sure it’s stunning.” said Nick Rudnicki, contractor and owner of Rude Works. “When you buy a home it’s the place where paperwork is signed. It’s also the reason why so many realtors are great at baking cookies. When most people call or email our company it’s because they feel their kitchen is no longer in style, but I’m from the East coast and we invented the kitchen party, so I get it.”

If the kitchen is the crown jewel of entertaining and the first room that many home buyers notice, it begs the question – what aren’t people searching for that might drive even more value to their homes?

For Rudnicki, “There’s a simple rule to keep in mind before setting a budget for your kitchen reno, take a look at the areas of your home that have gone the longest without being renovated. Kitchens are frequently updated and may not be an indicator of the overall health and efficiency of a home.”

In B.C, Jim Frost of Frost Homes recommends investigating what you can’t see. “Electrical is a big one, especially in heritage homes. Some older homes still have knob and tube wiring. It’s essential to look at areas like these. They can be a major risk to the lasting value of a home. In fact a lot of insurance companies charge a premium if your home is still wired this way.”

Even within the kitchen there is more a homeowner can do. Rudnicki suggests “a quick look for water damage or mold, especially before thinking about a renovation, can help identify big problems before you peel back a floorboard.” For Frost record keeping is essential. “Keep track of jobs that have already been done, especially permitted jobs and who did them”, he advises. “This information can be great to have, especially to share with a contractor before your next renovation.”

OutRank recommends searching for renovators who are equipped to handle more than just kitchen renos; remodeling, refacing, remediation, redesign are unique specialties among general contractors. If you are worried about electrical or piping problems in an old house, a search for a General Contractor who is licensed to deal with these systems can make a big difference. These infrequently used search terms can go a long way to telling you how qualified your contractor is to handle problems that might be invisible when a renovation starts.

“Every search matters,” says Carrie Shaw, Director Of Marketing, Outrank by Rogers. “A search can seem small, but the impact can be huge to a homeowner looking to build their dream home. Standing back and looking at the data as a whole gives context to just how big the home renovations market really is. We want to make sure that not only are we helping our contractors find the best jobs for them, but also that homeowners find the information that matters to them most in a sea of search results.”

In striving to connect the best contractors with the right job, OutRank’s data analysts have outlined 3 tips to help with your next Google renovation search.

Three Tips For Broadening Your Internet Search And Adding Value To Your Home

Know when to search “Licensed” vs. “Unlicensed” Contractors

Each province has its own requirements on what a contractor is required to know before becoming a provincially licensed contractor. For example an Ontario licensed contractor requires a speciality as a Master Electrician. Knowing what skills you’re paying for when you search Licensed General Contractor can save you money or save you heartache.

Add specificity to your search with the 4 R’s: Remodeling, Refacing, Remediation, Redesign

Each of these R’s means something specific in the home improvement world and can improve your search. Remodeling refers to improving a structure, refacing refers to aesthetic changes (frequently in cabinetry and counters), remediation refers to the removal of pollution or contaminants from the home environment and redesign is normally used in reference to changes in layout and aesthetic.

Search for specialists with specific materials

Often subcontractors are necessary for a major redesign or remodel. Specifying the key trouble spots or must haves such as flooring, plumbing, or by preferred material types may help narrow down your search by more than a half million results. A search for “bamboo floors installation Toronto” will yield better results than “hardwood floors” when you know what you want.

About OutRank by Rogers

Rogers is a diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com

 

SOURCE OutRank by Rogers

Kohler Co. Debuts Stunning Guest Rooms at The Carriage House at The American Club Resort

The last phase of a multi-year renovation is complete with the 55-room annex above the Kohler Waters Spa boasting enhanced rooms, striking decor and unique amenities

KOHLER, Wis., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Kohler Co. announced today the completed renovation of The Carriage House at The American Club resort in Kohler, Wisconsin. The 55-room annex boasts a prime location above the Forbes Five-Star Kohler Waters Spa and offers guests the ultimate KOHLER experience, from Five-Star hospitality to top-of-the-line bathing experiences. The Carriage House renovation is part of a multi-year renovation to the guest rooms at The American Club, one of 45 hotels in the world to be honored with the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond designations.

The Carriage House offers a unique guest experience in a variety of ways, most notably with access to the common areas of the Kohler Waters Spa – a tranquil spa known for its innovative hydrotherapy treatments and top-level service. Guests who stay at The Carriage House also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cordials, all while never having to leave the comfort of the building. Many guests enjoy the entire facility in their robes, changing only to venture for dinner at one of the 11 restaurants throughout the resort. Each room in The Carriage House also features a KOHLER bathtub for complete relaxation.

The Carriage House has a brand new entrance off Highland Drive, providing guests with a special greeted arrival from the front desk staff. The renovated historic building continues to serve as a brilliant showcase of the company’s plumbing and interiors products and as a resort destination for the discerning traveler who seeks the finest in hotel surroundings, amenities and service.

“The Carriage House offers a truly memorable experience for our guests,” says Christine Loose, Director of Hotels for Kohler Co. “From the new entrance to the renovated rooms, every part of the experience has been enhanced and elevated. Many of our Carriage House guests rarely leave the building and are able to have the ultimate relaxing getaway while enjoying the spa’s relaxation pool, roof-top deck and fireplaces.”

With a nod to the history of the unique building, each room of The Carriage House is named after a famous carriage or carriage manufacturer. The decor is on par with the major renovation at The American Club hotel, incorporating dark wood accents, elegant furnishings and rich colored draperies.

Furthermore, 12 rooms of the rooms include Mark David trunks near the bedside as a nod to the interior of a historic carriage. The guest room renovation incorporates plumbing, furniture and tile products from Kohler Co.’s diverse product portfolio. The products are incorporated from the following brands: KOHLER, Kallista, Baker, Mark David, McGuire, Ann Sacks and Robern.

Just as in The American Club, The Carriage House rooms include a porcelain Karner Butterfly, made at the Kohler factory across the street. “This butterfly is a unique way for the guest to communicate to the housekeeping staff if they desire fresh linens,” said Loose. “We choose the Karner Blue Butterfly because of its special story in Wisconsin. This particular species was endangered but is now flourishing in the State of Wisconsin. This is our way of helping tell that success story through our conservation efforts.”

The company is continually renovating the hotel and its properties to provide Five-Star amenities and the latest Kohler Co. products. This cycle of hotel renovations began in December 2009 and is complete with The Carriage House reopening this May. This renovation follows the recent on-property enhancements of the Kohler Waters Spa, Cucina Italian Restaurant, Sports Core Health & Racquet Club, Inn on Woodlake and Horse & Plow.

For reservations, please call 800-344-2838 or visit www.AmericanClub.com for more information. Stay up to date on news and happenings on Facebook facebook.com/americanclub and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/theamericanclub.

About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group

The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Acquired in 2004, its sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, is a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

About The American Club resort

The American Club resort, a 2012 Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 45 hotels with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin is the first and only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 35 spas worldwide to hold this distinction. The resort features 11 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

SOURCE The American Club

New Mechanical Insulation Measures and Reports Temperatures and Savings

Smart Jacket from Thermaxx Jackets & EET Adds Digital Insight to Industry.

West Haven, Connecticut (PRWEB) April 16, 2013

Smart Jacket

We have been waiting for this technology for a while.

Most industrial insulation is a single-function device. It keeps steam components hot or refrigeration units cold and provides little insight about the process. Smart Jackets change that by reporting insightful data.

The new digital insulation cover monitors temperatures, evaluates health status and notifies upon deviation from the norm. The automated insulation product is the result of collaboration between sensor specialist Embedded Energy Technology and insulation fabricator Thermaxx Jackets.

Large scale steam distribution and heating systems represent over 10 percent of our nation’s annual energy consumption, and nearly all of them suffer from radiant heat loss and steam leakage. Each facility can recover tens of thousands of dollars annually by installing removable Smart Jackets to prevent heat loss and quickly detect failing components.

Smart Jackets record internal and ambient room temperatures with a wireless sensor. Every data point is reported to an online dashboard, allowing plant technicians to monitor efficiency from anywhere. But who wants to constantly watch a temperature gauge? Custom email and text message alerts can be set to notify maintenance staff in the event of fluctuation or critical levels. By the time steam system failures are typically visible, thousands of dollars can be lost. Smart Jackets catch potential failures before they become costly problems, increasing responsiveness and decreasing energy consumption. The Utility Distribution Superintendent at the University of Georgia, Robert White, expressed his enthusiasm for Smart Jackets.

“We have been waiting for this technology for a while,” White said. “We currently have more than 170 buried steam vaults, some of which require road or lane closures to access. Being able to open my computer and see the real time temperatures gives me total piece of mind. We have previously tested other standalone monitoring systems that were more difficult to install and service and also did not provide the added insulation benefit we get from the Smart Jackets. Thermaxx Smart Jackets are now in 80% of our steam pits and will be in the remainder as soon as funding allows.”

About Thermaxx

Thermaxx LLC is located in West Haven, CT and provides removable insulation covers for steam components. Staff engineers and designers with cross-disciplinary experience can tailor custom solutions to almost any insulation challenge.

About Embedded Energy Technology

Embedded Energy Technology (EET) specializes in harnessing technology such as non-invasive sensors, wireless, and remote monitoring, to help industrial facilities realize energy savings. EET provides Smart Jacket electronics and support exclusively to Thermaxx Jackets. You can visit the website at http://www.eetinside.com.

To learn more about Thermaxx Jackets’ Smart Jackets, contact Brian Bannon at (203) 931-2122 or bbannon(at)thermaxxjackets(dot)com. You can also visit the website at http://www.thermaxxjackets.com.

Spring Cleaning is a Good Time for Preventative Home Maintenance

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pennsylvanians are starting spring cleaning projects, but should give a thought to insurance too. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department recommends taking the time for minor fixes now, to save homeowner insurance claims later.

“Making sure things are in good working order this spring can make a big difference in home safety, as well as insurance matters,” said Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine.

“One of the most commonly overlooked areas during spring cleaning is behind your washer and dryer. Lint can escape a poorly-connected dryer filter hose and build up against the wall, causing a fire hazard.  Household appliance fires are one of the most common reasons given for homeowner insurance claims.”

Other homeowner damage and claims can be prevented with these simple tips:

Kitchen fires – The majority of fires begin in the kitchen due to food left unattended on the stove or the ignition of built-up grease. Thoroughly clean the oven and stove top.

Fireplace ashes – After cleaning out the fireplace, don’t discard ashes in a combustible container and don’t store them in, or around, the house or garage.  Store discarded ashes away from your home and be sure you have poured water into the container so that any remaining embers are extinguished.

Washing machine hose – Check the washing machine hoses for dry rot, cracking and tightening. Hoses should be replaced every few years. Water to the unit should be turned off when not in use.

Refrigerator ice maker line – Check lines annually since they can become pinched and start to leak, causing damage to flooring and cabinets.

Sinks and toilet valves – As your home ages, regularly check all plumbing fixtures and connections. Look for corrosion and rust around valves. If your home is more than 20 years old, consider having a plumber check and replace all connections and hoses.

For other helpful spring insurance tips, go to www.insurance.pa.gov and click on the Springtime Insurance tips icon.

Media contact: Rosanne Placey or Melissa Fox, 717-787-3289

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Insurance

Spring Has Arrived: Is Your Home Prepared?

Fremont Insurance offers tips for protecting a home from water damage during Michigan’s rainy season.

Water Damage MichiganFREMONT, Mich., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Spring has finally arrived in Michigan and with the warmer temperatures comes melting snow and heavy rains which can wreak havoc on a home through backed up sewers and drains, as well as sump pump overflows.  Many homeowners don’t realize until it’s too late that their insurance policy doesn’t cover water damage resulting from backups, unless specifically purchased.  Now is the time to make sure your home is prepared for Michigan’s rainy season.  Fremont Insurance, a Michigan-based property and casualty insurance carrier, offers a few tips to help Michigan homeowners assess and minimize the risks to their home.

“Many homeowner policies contain exclusions for water damage to dwellings and personal property as a result of backup of sewers or drains,” revealed Kurt Dettmer, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Fremont Insurance.  “It’s important to examine your policy and understand what protection you have, but you should also be proactive and take steps to prevent any damage from occurring whenever possible.”

As we enter into the spring melting and rainy periods, special consideration and maintenance of systems should be undertaken to avoid potential water hazards.  Sump pump systems should be checked for age and working condition, including ensuring that sump back-up systems are installed and maintained. The most effective sump back-up systems are gravity-driven because they are not dependant on an electrical power source in the event of an outage. Vulnerable or perishable personal property susceptible to water damage should be elevated off surfaces such as basement floors and crawl space foundations to limit damage exposure. Regular cleaning and maintenance of gutters and downspouts as well as sub-surface drainage lines will help avoid ground over-saturation near foundations.

Exclusions in insurance for water damage were created in the 1950′s in response to extensive basement flooding following heavy rains. They continue to be utilized today because many municipalities maintain antiquated sewage systems which fail to meet capacity requirements.  Fremont Insurance Company offers a homeowners endorsement that covers loss to both dwelling and personal property as a result of water back up through sewers or drains or from an overflow within a sump pump, well or similar system designed to remove subsurface water that drains from the dwelling’s foundation areas.

This endorsement from Fremont, however, does not cover “flooding”, which usually refers to water damage from natural sources or bodies of water rather than from manmade sources such as plumbing systems.  In fact, virtually every homeowner’s policy excludes flood coverage.  However, flood coverage is available through the government’s National Flood Insurance Program and can be obtained through most agents.  We recommend that you consult with your agent to thoroughly assess your needs, evaluate all of your policy coverages, conditions and exclusions and answer your questions.

About Fremont Insurance

Fremont Insurance is an affiliate of the Auto Club Group, servicing the Independent Agents of Michigan. The company has been a Pure Michigan company since 1876. Dynamic Products, Exceptional Service, and Competitive Pricing have made Fremont Insurance one of the fastest growing and most respected companies operating in Michigan.  For more information about Fremont Insurance you can visit the company online at www.fmic.com, find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/FremontInsuranceCo, or follow them on twitter at www.twitter.com/FremontIns.

Report Shows Record Solar Industry Growth – Solar Energy International (SEI) Responds by Expanding Solar PV Technical Training for Renewable Energy Professionals

A recent report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows record growth in the solar industry year-to-year through 2012. With this rising demand for a clean energy workforce, SEI expands professional technical training offerings in 2013.

Paonia, Colorado (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Solar Energy International (SEI), the nation’s leading Solar PV Training organization with the largest alumni association of certified solar professionals, is responding to the recent report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research showing record growth in the solar industry.

Increase in Solar Energy Adoption

“SEI is, of course, very well respected by Namaste Solar and the rest of the Solar Industry. This is taken into account when reviewing employment applicants’ resumes and where they received their training.”
Blake Jones
CEO – Namaste Solar

SEI is responding to this report by expanding their in-person and online solar pv training sessions. These sessions satisfy the prerequisite training to be able to register for hands-on labs and professional certificate program completion.

Chris Turek, SEI’s Director of Online and Student Services said, “Thousands of people are coming to SEI to get training to enter the clean energy workforce. In response to this large influx of interest, we are excited to announce SEI’s 2013 Solar and Renewable Energy Training schedule.”

SEI is offering Solar Photovoltaic training sessions all through 2013. New for 2013 is an additional special offer of a free textbook / eBook bundle for all students who take the PV101 Online Course.

* PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)

From SEIA’s report: “Today the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association along with GTM Research released the results of its annual year in review, and 2012 numbers give the solar industry another reason to celebrate.

In 2012, solar proved once again to be the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. The Solar Market Insight annual addition shows that as a nation, the country installed more than 3.3 GW of solar capacity, an increase of 76 percent over 2011. In terms of market size, at $11.5 billion, the solar market is 34 percent larger than it was in 2011 and SEIA points out that this figure doesn’t include any of the trickle-down industries that also benefit from the increased growth in the solar market.

Total U.S. PV Installed Capacity Approaching 10 GW

The United States accounted for 11 percent of the growth in the global solar installed capacity in 2012, this is the largest market share that U.S. has taken for at least fifteen years, according to the report. The residential market saw 83,000 installations and eight of the 10 largest PV installations were completed in 2012. In total, the installed PV capacity in the U.S. now stands at 7.2 GW, equivalent to the power capacity of seven nuclear power plants. By the end of 2013, the industry expects that it will top 10 GW.”

Kathy Swartz, Interim Executive Director for Solar Energy International said, “This report is definitely in line with the steady increase of student registrations and inquiries about our solar PV and other renewable energy training opportunities.

We have hundreds of students travel to our world-class Solar Photovoltaic (PV) lab facility in Paonia, Colorado every year. The interest continues to increase every year and we needed to find a way to offer flexible educational opportunities that would allow our students to get their prerequisite course work completed so they could come to the week long hands-on labs in the summer.

The SEI Online Campus has made this training a reality for thousands of people from all over the world while maintaining SEI’s rigorous quality standards of teaching and learning.”

Another recent report from The Solar Foundation and the third annual National Solar Jobs Census report found that the U.S. solar industry currently employs 119,016 Americans. This figure represents the addition of 13,872 new solar workers and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the past 12 months.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent during the same period, signifying that 1 in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year were created in the solar industry.

The report, produced by The Solar Foundation and in partnership with BW Research and Cornell University, was released at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference in Albany, NY.

When asked about the quality of graduate from SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program, Blake Jones, SEI Alumni and CEO of Namaste Solar said, “SEI is, of course, very well respected by Namaste Solar and the rest of the Solar Industry. This is taken into account when reviewing employment applicants’ resumes and where they received their training. Establishment of the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program will help formalize proof of a rigorous training program completion and make it easier to distinguish training certificate holders from other employment applicants.”

About Solar Energy International
Solar Energy International (SEI) was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization to help others to use renewable energy resources and sustainable building technologies through education and technical assistance.

Our vision is focused on helping create a more sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants. Through our work, we see clear opportunities to influence people’s thinking and behaviors towards energy efficiency and the use of natural, sustainable methods of energy production and utilization.

Solar Energy International is a 501(c)(3) Equal Opportunity Institution and Employer, and is not affiliated with any dealer, manufacturer, distributor, or any other renewable energy commercial enterprise.

Media contact for SEI is Christopher Turek, Director of Online and Student Services – chris(at)solarenergy(dot)org – 970-963-8855 x115 – http://www.solarenergy.org

Fireplaces Plus Launches New Social Media Sites to Serve Chicago and North Shore Fireplace Customers

Chicagoland’s single largest source of fireplaces and accessories, Fireplaces Plus, embraces new technology as means to communicate to current and potential customers with the launch of company Facebook and Twitter pages.

Vernon Hills, IL (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

Fireplace Plus


These new social media sites will offer us a chance to engage with customers, clients and the public in a way we have never had the opportunity to before.

Located in Vernon Hills, IL and Chicago, IL, Fireplaces Plus has been providing the Chicago area and North shore with unique, top-of-the-line fireplaces and accessories, as well as personalized and unparalleled customer service for over 20 years. Part of this customer service means staying actively involved with their customers through all possible medias. And in today’s world, as more and more people turn to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter for general information, it is becoming a necessity for businesses to engage with their current and potential customers though these means. It is for this reason that Fireplaces Plus has recently launched both a Facebook and Twitter page.

“Fireplaces Plus is the best of what’s old and what’s new –that’s what helps to make us unique in our field,” noted Neil Kaplan, CEO and Founder of Fireplaces Plus. “These new social media sites will offer us a chance to engage with customers, clients and the public in a way we have never had the opportunity to before.”

On the one hand, Fireplaces Plus is an old-fashioned family business: founded in 1992, still headquartered in the same community where they started (Vernon Hills), and still passionately committed to the personalized customer service that has been their hallmark for over 20 years.

Yet, on the other hand, as the Chicago area’s single largest source of fireplaces and accessories, Fireplaces Plus is all about providing customers with the best of what’s new in the business: the newest styles and designs, materials and technologies. Social Media is just one of the many new technologies, which Fireplaces Plus looks forward to using to actively communicate with its customers all across Chicago.

About Fireplaces Plus

Since its inception in 1992, Fireplaces Plus has been the Chicago area’s single largest source of fireplaces and accessories. Located in Vernon Hills, IL, Fireplaces Plus offers Chicagoland and North shore all of the latest in fireplace technology, styles and designs, all the while, being passionately committed to personalized and speedy customer service. Visit http://www.firesidecollection.com to learn more.

Contact :

Mike Templeton
MA Interactive Group
847-716-2260