THE qualifiers for this Thursday’s semi-finals in the JN Open League netball competition will be known today, following today’s quarter-finals at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:45 p.m.Defending champions Mico ‘B’, who topped Group Two with 24 points from eight wins, will be aiming to move forward in a bid to retain their title as they go up against the very dangerous Molynes ‘A’, which topped Group Seven with maximum 21 points from their seven wins.This game is expected to be very close, but Molynes ‘A’, the team with the second-highest number of goals in the competition, is given the edge to topple the defending champions.It could go either way in the UWI Pelicans vs Jamalco encounter, as both teams were red hot in the preliminary stage of the competition and topped their groups quite easily. The Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans topped Group One with maximum 21 points from seven games, and with the likes of former national senior players Nadine Bryan and Thristina Harwood, along with former national Under-21 player Shameera Sterling in their line-up, they could go all the way.After being beaten in last year’s final by Mico ‘B’, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco are determined to go all the way this time around, and after topping Group Seven with maximum 21 points from seven games, they will be hoping that ace shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins continues her impressive form and steers them to the semi-final.MICO ‘A’Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Mico ‘A’, who were upstaged by sister team Mico ‘B’, have been the best attacking and defensive team so far this season, and after dominating Group Six with maximum 24 points from eight games, they will be hoping to get the better of Group Three winners Cablepro in the other quarter-final.Despite their impressive record, the Mico team will enter today’s encounter without ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played her final game on Saturday against UTech Knights.Fowler-Reid left the island on Sunday for the ANZ Championship in New Zealand, but the Annette Daley-coached team still has national senior defender Vangelee Williams in their line-up.The consolation quarter-finals will also take place today, starting at 5:54 p.m. The games are: Speg A vs Waulgrovians B, Tivoli Gardens vs Skibo, Ravens A vs UTech Knights, and Molynes United B vs Molynes United C.
Utility and regulators discuss renewable requirementsIn Arizona, a complicating issue is how Arizona Public Service will meet state requirements that a certain percentage of its electricity come from renewable sources. For this year, that’s set at 4.5%, 1.4 % of which must come from rooftop solar or other “distributed” sources, The Republic reported. The renewable requirement rises to 15% by 2025.The utility has enough solar customers now to meet requirements through 2016.The rub is a requirement in the 2006 law requiring Arizona Public Service to get renewable-energy credits (RECs) from rooftop solar in order to comply. The utility initially paid rebates to customers who installed solar and in the process acquired the RECs for their solar panels. But rebates are no longer offered, and as a result Arizona Public Service no longer gets the RECs.The utility and state regulators are currently discussing how the requirement will be met in the future. Spain struggles with the same issueThe debate over net-metering and the impact of residential PV installations isn’t limited to the U.S. In Spain, the government is cutting compensation for solar installations. Large photovoltaic plants will see the biggest reductions, up to 45% of current payments, according to the website Solar Server.A group called the National Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers says the new policy will affect 55,000 Spanish families who invested in solar and could force some of them into bankruptcy because they borrowed heavily to make the installations.One of them, whose story appeared in The New York Times last month, mortgaged his house, his father’s house, and his workshop in order to install a PV system. He based the investment on government promises of generous rates for the energy he produced.The government about-face will cost the Spanish investor everything he has.Spain is proposing other measures, including a fee on electricity that solar producers generate and use themselves, which opponents call the “sun tax.” The number of new rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations in the area covered by the Arizona Public Service Company is dropping, and the vice president of a California company that finances solar leases says a new monthly fee for photovoltaic systems is the culprit.According to a report in The Republic, the number of rooftop installations fell from 583 in January of last year to 280 last month.Bryan Miller, vice president for public policy and power markets for Sunrun, blamed the drop on the fee that was adopted last November and went into effect at the start of the year.“You have an industry that is in grave pain in Arizona,” he told The Republic. “It is in stark contrast with what is going on in the rest of the solar industry.”Arizona Public Service, like several other electric utilities around the country, have voiced concerns that the growing number of residential photovoltaic installations is unfairly shifting the cost of maintaining the grid to non-solar customers. Its arguments last year before state regulators that customers with PV systems weren’t paying their fair share led to the new fee.According to the website Utility Dive, state regulators agreed to impose the fee of 70 cents per kilowatt, or roughly $5 per month for an average installation, on customers who install PV systems beginning this year. But it did not affect the 20,000 customers who already had them.The fee voted in by the Arizona Corporation Commission was the first of its kind in the U.S., but the utility said it “fell well short” of what it needed, Utility Dive reported.Net-metering rules, by which utility customers sell excess power produced by their PV systems, were left unchanged. According to information posted at DSIRE, an online data base, owners of PV systems get paid the retail rate for excess electricity.
“The U-value can go down as low as 0.12 and the SHGC also varies by glass pack,” he said. “We have special glass packs that are designed for low SHGC but typically a window that will be triple-pane and made for colder climates will be in the 30s and 40s.”Frame and glass specifications aren’t currently listed for all of the windows listed at the company’s website, but a planned site update will include more performance numbers.High-performance, Passivhaus-certified windows are common in Europe, but rare in the U.S. There are some 2,500 window and door manufacturers in Poland, according to an industry trade group there, with exports in 2011 valued at â‚¬900 million. The Passivhaus Institut lists dozens of European manufactures but only one, Casagrande Woodworks of Paso Robles, California, in the U.S.The Passive House Institute U.S. also maintains a list of certified windows, including units made by Wasco, Marvin, Kolbe, HH Windows & Doors, and Alpen. Most are recommended for Climate Zone 4 and warmer. RELATED ARTICLES Specifications varyU-factors and solar heat gain coefficients vary by the specifics of the glazing package, Dymarczyk said. Windows and doors use components that have been certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, as well as Ift Rosenheim, a European testing agency. Study Shows That Expensive Windows Yield Meager Energy ReturnsPassivhaus WindowsThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckA LEED Platinum Modular HomePassive House Building in the Digital Age Maine plant now has certified roof assemblyIn Maine, RPA / Ecocor has added a Passivhaus roof assembly to its line of prefabricated high-performance houses. The company said that the Ecocor Passiv Roof is the only opaque roof structure in the U.S. to be certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstatd, Germany.RPA / Ecocor is a collaboration between Pennsylvania architect Richard Pedranti and Christian Corson, a builder who runs a factory for high-performance house assemblies in Searsmont, Maine. Both have Passivhaus backgrounds and earlier this year they introduced a line of 11 model homes made with prefabricated parts and designed for Passivhaus certification. The houses have since been branded the “Solsken Lline.”Roof modules are made with the same materials as Ecocor’s exterior wall sections, the company said. If roof assemblies followed the same pattern as wall modules, an airtight layer of plywood would be applied over a structural core, followed by I-joists, a layer of waterproof Mento Plus, and a ventilated rain screen. Finally, the assembly is insulated with dense-packed cellulose.Skylights can be added in the factory if a client asks for them.“The Corson Roof lets Chris and I expand the interior square footage of the RPA / Ecocor model homes by capturing the area directly under the roof typically used for attic insulation,” Pedranti said in a news release. A startup based in New York City is importing high-performance windows from manufacturers in Poland, giving U.S. builders another source of components for Passivhaus and other energy-efficient buildings.The company, called Polwins LLC, imports windows and doors from three manufacturers, each specializing in a particular type of window or door, Adrian Dymarczyk, a principal of the company, said in an email. The manufacturers weren’t named.Dymarczyk said that Polwins windows were going into a Passivhaus apartment building in Canada and a Passivhaus home in Colorado, but sales so far have been limited. “We have sold some windows and doors this year, but not the amount we would like,” he said.Windows are manufactured to meet each order, not warehoused in stock sizes. “Standard” triple-pane windows with uPVC frames cost between $21 and $28 per square foot, from $36 to $45 per square foot in aluminum, and $40 per square foot and up for wood and aluminum-clad wood. Lead times range from a low of six weeks for uPVC to as long as 12 weeks for wood.Some windows are available with double-pane glazing. Frame styles include tilt-and-turn, tilt, folding and sliding sash.
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Paramilitary commandos stand in a group for a security briefing at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium ahead of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Sunday, September 26, 2010.Pakistan on Monday joined the list of countries complaining about the Commonwealth Games facilities, saying a lot still needs to be done to ensure that their athletes are comfortable at the Athletes’ Village.Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik, who visited the Village to take stock of the arrangements being made for his country’s athletes, also met the Organising Committee officials in New Delhi.”There is lot need to be done. Our concern is that when our athletes come they should be comfortable. I can’t pinpoint (the problem),” he told reporters after inspecting the facilities in the Games’ Village.Malik, however, hoped that India would go full throttle to ensure a successful Games.”It is a very big event that Indian government is holding and I’m confident that they would do all (to ensure successful conduct of Games),” he said.”Our players have not come yet. They will be arriving by tomorrow. We have got a very large contingent,” he said.Many countries, including Australia, England, Malaysia, South Africa and Botswana have complained about the facilities at the Athletes’ Village terming it “filthy and unlivable”.- With inputs from PTI