Governor Wolf Announces Millions of Dollars in Funding for 12 Projects in 8 Counties

first_img Economy,  Energy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 12 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will provide millions of dollars in funding to utilize, develop, and construct alternative energy projects in eight counties.“These programs are an essential tool in helping communities transition their schools and workplaces into more energy efficient operations, helping to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and support better public health,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will have a years-long impact on the commonwealth and will provide access to cleaner, more efficient energy for thousands of Pennsylvanians.”Eleven clean energy projects in seven counties were approved through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE), which helps fund activities to promote the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the CFA.The approved ACE projects are as follows:Clearfield CountyNOVO Health Services, LLC was approved for a $43,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at its Paris Healthcare Linen Services facility located in the City of DuBois.Montgomery CountyScale Microgrid Solutions LLC was approved for a $464,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Arkema, Inc.’s headquarters in King of Prussia.Northampton CountyEaston Area Joint Sewer Authority was approved for a $1.737 million grant for the construction of a biogas cogeneration system at its wastewater treatment plant located in the City of Easton, Northampton County.Perry CountyPerry County Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $1.78 million loan for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Perry County Innovation Park located in Penn Township.The approved ACE High Performance Building projects are as follows:Bucks CountyCouncil Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Hillcrest Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,251 MMBtu annually, a 24 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Council Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Richboro Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,003 MMBtu annually, a 20 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Lehigh CountyLehigh Northampton Airport Authority was approved for an $820,958 grant to move its TSA checkpoint to a new location between two existing airport buildings to create a more efficient passenger flow. The authority will renovate the subterranean connector corridor and construct a new elevated passenger circulation bridge to connect with the ticketing building. The project includes the installation of high efficiency LED lighting, a variable refrigerant flow cooling system, and energy efficient heating boilers. Window glazing will also be installed for better insulation and solar heat rejection. The 37,456-square-foot building will reduce the airport’s electricity usage by 96,935 kWh annually, a savings of 17 percent. The building will also reduce annual natural gas consumption by 886 MMBtu, a 60 percent reduction. The installation of a 168kW solar array will generate an additional 90,000 kWh, and water saving fixtures will reduce water usage by 38 percent. The project will achieve USGBC LEED Gold certification.Philadelphia CountyThe School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $651,868 grant to construct a two-story, 16,813-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 48,300-square-foot Richmond Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 19,579 kWh annually, a 50 percent savings, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $898,076 grant to construct a four-story 28,794-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition its existing 77,000-square-foot Ethan Allen Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 39,805 kWh annually, a savings of 59 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $800,154 grant to construct a two-story 24,584-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 103,799-square-foot Anne Frank Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 26,487 kWh annually, a savings of 49 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $2 million grant to renovate its existing 58,0000-square-foot Rhawnhurst Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The project involves demolishing 8,100-square-feet, renovating 50,000-square-feet, and constructing a 38,459-square-foot addition, with the final building totaling 88,411-square-feet. The planned energy saving features include a new high-efficiency HVAC system with radiant heat, LED energy efficient lighting, a thermal envelope that exceeds code requirements, and daylight sensors. The energy measures are anticipated to save the school district 255,228 kWh annually. Additionally, low-flow plumbing fixtures and equipment are designed into the building, reducing water usage by 41 percent and saving 353,584 gallons of water annually. The building will also eliminate its use of oil for energy production and will be solely reliant upon natural gas and electricity.Additionally, a project was approved under the High Performance Building Program, which provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state:Lawrence CountyNew Castle Real Estate, LLC, was approved for a $102,456 grant to develop long-term senior housing facility, New Castle Wellness Center, in New Castle City. New Castle Real Estate, LLC, will renovate several buildings to be the future site of the New Castle Wellness Center, a long-term senior housing facility with ancillary services including up to 400 beds. The site consists of three multi-storied buildings and a fourth single story building that total 188,870 sq. ft. The entire former nursing school campus will be converted to LEED Gold certified buildings. Renovations will include replacing old and inefficient windows, installing an ethylene propylene diene terpolymer roof, efficient dual flush toilets, motion-censored facets, and changing lights to modern, energy-efficient LED’s. Asbestos remediation and selective demolition will be performed as well.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.Ver esta página en español. 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Coleman hails McGeady magic

first_imgSeamus Coleman is confident Aiden McGeady can be a regular match-winner for the Republic of Ireland after watching him do just that in Georgia. The full-back said: “He [McGeady] was brilliant, fantastic. I said to him before the game, ‘You can win us this match’ because he’s got that ability to beat players and his confidence is up at the minute, and I’m delighted to see it. “To be fair, I thought a lot of people would have snatched at it – James [McCarthy] actually played him in rather than shoot, which was great composure on his behalf. It was a good Everton goal. “We were delighted – he won us the game. Moments of magic win games and Aiden definitely did that. “We all know that’s what he is capable of week-in, week-out and as long as he believes it, he can be a top, top player.” McGeady’s brace took his tally for Ireland to five goals either side of Tornike Okriashvili’s 38th-minute equaliser, although the fact that it arrived in his 70th senior appearance is a stick that has often been used to beat him in the past. However, he is thriving on Merseyside after forcing his way into the team following his January arrival from Spartak Moscow, and Coleman and his team-mates at both domestic and international level will hope there is more to come. The former Sligo Rovers defender said: “It’s difficult because he was playing in Russia and maybe not a lot of people follow the Russian league. He might have been doing brilliantly out there and you just don’t notice it. “But since he has come to us, the manager believes in him a lot. He has started the season very well and he showed that he’s on top form. “It’s brilliant for him. His confidence is up – the move to Everton could have done him the world of good. We saw the best of Aiden McGeady (against Georgia).” Left-back Stephen Ward, who lined up behind McGeady for much of the game, was equally thrilled by his contribution, but far from surprised. Ward said: “We see him every day and we know how good a player he is. He has done fantastically well for our country and showed just how big a player he is because he was outstanding. He scored two and came bitterly close to getting a third as well. “To score that late is important and gives us a good start, but throughout the game, I thought we fully deserved it. “When they got their goal, it was a bit of a setback, but I didn’t think we panicked at all. We kept playing our football, we kept the ball really well and thankfully Aiden came up with a piece of absolute brilliance and won us the game. “Something like that, we see every day in training and when you have got a player like that in your team, you have got every chance all the time.” The Republic will now welcome minnows Gibraltar to the Aviva Stadium next month knowing victory there would send them into their toughest game of the campaign in Germany with maximum points and brimming with confidence. Ward said: “We won’t look too far ahead of the next game – the manager and the staff here won’t let us. But if we can continue and get another positive result, we will go to Germany full of confidence. “That’s the minimum to go there with now, and hopefully we can do that.” The 28-year-old Everton winger chose Ireland’s tricky Euro 2016 Group D opener in Tbilisi as the perfect moment to display his undoubted talent on a sustained basis and fire his country to a precious victory. McGeady’s double, the second of which arrived inside the final minute of normal time at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, clinched a 2-1 win and fulfilled club-mate Coleman’s pre-match prediction. Press Associationlast_img read more

Željezničar and Široki in finals of BiH Football Cup

first_imgSecond semi-final match of BiH Football Cup was played in Mostar, and Željezničar defeated Zrinjski with 2:0 and and so it qualified to finals of BIH Football Cup.Finals will probably be played on 1 May but the date could change. In the semi-finals Željezničar defeated Zrinjski with 2:0, while in the first match the result was 0:0; Široki Brijeg defeated Sloga with 4:0, and in the first match 4:2.last_img

Trump administration discussing sending cash to Americans

first_imgOn Tuesday, Trump administration officials held a conference at the White House and announced a possible plan in which they would send cash directly to citizens in the next two weeks to help boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin did not give too much detail about the possible plan, and said more information would be released in the coming hours and days.When asked about a plan based on the payroll tax, President Donald Trump said his administration preferred sending cash to individuals directly because it would more quickly boost the economy.Trump later said his administration could also still include a payroll tax as part of their stimulus package, or a combination of cash payments and payroll tax.last_img

Police try to identify dead man

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Authorities were investigating the shooting death of a man found on the 4100 block of Deland Avenue. Detectives were still trying to determine the name of the man, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Alba Yates. The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m., according to George Martinez, a sheriff’s detective. – From staff reportslast_img read more

Sports fever on Magnificent Fridays!

first_img31 January 2010The frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind the cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will do battle in their respective world cups in 2011.The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive led by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The country was awash with yellow and green at the end of every working week leading up to the 2010 tournament as South Africans donned Bafana replica gear and flew the national flag with pride. Now, the same spirit set is to grip the country again.This time citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springboks rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. Wearing the now-famous Bafana gear is also encouraged, and hoisting the national flag tops it all.“Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.”Mbalula and Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile are helping spread the hype across the country. The departments launched Magnificent Fridays in Pretoria earlier this month, and kicked off the actual roadshow at Johannesburg’s Park Station on 28 January.Thousands of South African flags will be handed out along the way as the road show delivers the spirit of the campaign to outlying communities. The next stop is the Free State province, and then the Western Cape, followed by stops in all the remaining provinces and then the major cities.“We’ll go all over South Africa. This is not a Gauteng campaign,” said Mashatile.Cricket squad heading to AsiaThe Proteas will be the first of the three national teams to seek international pride in 2011 when they travel to south Asia in February. They will take on other 14 nations in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup to be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The team is in the final stages of preparation for the tournament and is in good spirits following recent victory in the highly contested one day international series challenge against India.Magnificent Fridays will augment the “Pure Protea” drive, which was initiated by Lead SA specifically for the national cricket squad.Support for the team is mounting ahead of the world cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said, and Proteas replica attire is proving to be very popular.“There is a big interest in the Proteas world cup replica jersey,” said CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo. “Traffic to the online store has increased, and merchandise at retail stores has been selling well. Everyone is keen to show they are 100% behind the Proteas.”The already-named world cup squad blends the talents of the country’s 15 top cricket stars.Rugby and netball to followThe Springboks, as the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, will set out to defend their title in New Zealand in September.Pinned against Fiji, Namibia, Samoa and Wales in Pool D, the Springboks will face challenging, but surmountable competition in the group stages. The team has proven its mettle many times and should also be able to rise up against stronger teams like New Zealand and Australia in the knockout stages.It should come as a confidence boost that Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson, the Boks pair recently accused of doping, were cleared of any wrongdoing on 28 January. They can now return to the international field to help the team prepare for their world cup.The Springboks’ victory in 2007 was a major highlight that South Africans celebrated with vigour for days, as was the country’s historical win in 1995.The senior netball team will travel to Singapore for the world championships in July, and is currently training hard.Netball South Africa announced on 24 January that four coaches had been appointed to help the players prepare for the tournament, following the resignations of coach Carin Strauss and assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane earlier in the month.South Africans have also been urged to travel with the teams to support them at the playing venues. “Those who can go to these competitions should go,” Mashatile said.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Firefox Slow? Check Your Add-Ons, Says Mozilla

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Tags:#Browsers#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A common complaint about Firefox is that it’s just too slow, particularly upon launching. And after touting the speed and enhanced performance in the browser’s most recent release, Mozilla wants to make it clear to users: if Firefox is slow, it’s probably your add-ons.Of course, the wide variety of add-ons and the ability to customize your browser to your liking is one of the things that has long made Firefox an appealing choice. But in a post on its blog, Mozilla reveals some stats from performance-testing. It found that for every add-on you install, you’re adding about 10% to the amount of time it takes for Firefox to start-up.According to its automated performance testing, Mozilla has found that in fact some of the most popular add-ons are among the worst culprits. Firebug, for example, ranks #2, slowing launch speed by 74%. Adblock Plus makes the browser launch 21% slower, and the StumbleUpon add-on, 19%. Firefox says it’s going to start labeling add-ons that are drags on performance, displaying warnings on those that slow start-up time by more than 25%. In an upcoming version of Firefox, these warnings will be displayed in the Add-ons Manager as well. It also says that in this new version, third party add-ons will not be installed unless the user explicitly allows the installation in Firefox. This will likely cut back on the unwanted toolbars and bundled add-ons that people inadvertently install.Firefox says it’s also reaching out to developers, to help them make sure their code is optimized and that they are building add-ons with best practices in mind.For users, it’s always a good idea to disable – or better yet uninstall – add-ons that you aren’t using. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

‘Never conspired to pull down the govt.’, says Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgShiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said despite his party being in the State government for the last five years without much power, he never betrayed or conspired to pull it down. He said in an alliance, both parties need to exercise caution and if the speed is accelerated unnecessarily, it could lead to an “accident”.In the second part of his interview to Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Mr. Thackeray spoke about his party’s objection to the tree felling in Aarey Colony here, saying they are not against the Metro car shed, but the place where it is proposed. “Development should not happen by causing hardships to people,” he said, asserting that the Sena will continue to raise its voice on issues pertaining to citizens.He also expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Sena alliance will provide a much better administration and governance, if it wins the State polls again. When asked about the party’s protest over crop insurance, Mr. Thackeray said he takes a stand on issues concerning people. “When the government publicises its achievements, the work done is seen on the ground. I will continue to highlight people’s issues before the government,” he said.“Did I betray the government or conspire to pull it down? No. We were in government without any power for last five years. There were differences, and we raised our voice wherever we felt things were wrong,” he said. Mr. Thackeray said that for the alliance to stay intact, both the BJP and the Sena must exercise caution.“We need to control our mind. If you accelerate speed unnecessarily, you can meet with an accident. This has happened earlier,” he said, in an apparent reference to the breaking of the alliance ahead of the 2014 State polls. Mr. Thackeray said his party forged an alliance with the BJP in the interest of the State.“I compromised for the sake of the State. I am confident we can provide good governance in the next five years based on the previous experience,” he said. “The experience Devendra Fadnavis had when he first became Chief Minister, some Sena ministers reached much before,” he noted.On the raging issue of the felling of trees in Aarey Colony, which is considered the city’s lung, Mr. Thackeray said the Sena is not opposed to the Metro car shed, but its location. “The car shed in Aarey is opposed by Mumbaikars, not the Sena,” he said. “It is not my party’s personal issue. We need the Metro and development, but while doing so, we shouldn’t lose something more valuable,” he said. Mr. Thackeray said Mumbai is the only city in the world to have a natural forest cover and wildlife. “The murderers of Aarey trees will have to pay a price for axing them in the middle of the night. (Sena corporator) Yashwant Jadhav, the petitioner, was fined ₹50,000 (by court) while dismissing his plea. But murderers of the trees will be responsible for damage to the environment,” he said.The Sena chief said he was thankful to the Supreme Court, which restrained the authorities from cutting any more trees in Aarey Colony, for “taking a different stand”. On his party’s opposition to the Nanar refinery project, Mr. Thackeray said his party supported locals. “The Sena’s stand to oppose the project was not for my personal gain or the party’s political interest,” he said.Even in the case of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor project, the locals opposed it, he said, adding that he went there and saw “fertile land being declared barren” by government officials. “This is not an anti-government stand. We spoke to the people opposing the project. We got the route changed by saving the farms,” he pointed out.Justifying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s criticism of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, and their leadership, during his campaigns, the Sena said if the opposition targets the alliance, “then we have to highlight their tenure”.Noting that the Sena played the role of opposition many times, he said, “I am against misuse of power and politics of revenge. Don’t know about the Enforcement Directorate (ED). But misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation is not new. You reap what you sow.” On claims that the ED was being misused to target political opponents, Mr. Thackeray asked, “Who are these opponents? Are they clean?” “Nobody is targeting clean leaders. Will you agree that all those on the ED’s radar are clean?” he said.To a question on speculations that he was also facing pressure from the ED, the Sena chief said, “What is the fear if you haven’t done anything wrong. I am a fighter’s son. I am not scared. Don’t experiment on me.” On the Assembly polls, he said the Sena has to be prepared in all the 288 seats. “Preparation doesn’t mean contesting elections, or winning or losing. I want the Sena’s ideology to reach each and every ward,” he said.last_img read more