Boots launches Siemens Microinverter Intensive Solar Training program

We just completed the launch of the Siemens Microinverter Intensive Solar Training program, here at Boots on the Roof.  What a great class! I was in the Boots studio interviewing students and they had great things to say about the training and the Siemens Microinverter.
Student Gerry Kosher, CEO of Green Tech Systems in Chicago said “I couldn’t imagine not going through this class and being in the solar business. It was that comprehensive! I learned that much! I would have spent years working through mistakes had I not attended this class.”
David Picatti, President of Northwest Electrical Supply Company in Washington said about the Siemens Microinverter “I am very impressed with the quality of the product, the simplicity of installation. It eliminates a lot of parts from other systems, so the overall install cost will be less, and it will be a more versatile system. “
We continue to raise the bar in our classes in our commitment to bringing our students the best training in the industry. The Siemens microinverter efficiently addresses the problem of shading. With traditional string inverter technology, shading of just one panel can significantly reduce the energy harvest of the entire string, limiting the entire system by the weakest link. With the Siemens Microinverter, the power conversion for each module happens within each module, ensuring maximum energy harvest independent of the other panels. We are proud to be an authorized training provider for the Siemens Microinverter, and are excited to be offering this course to our students!

New ‘Artificial Leaf’ is a Real Gamechanger

Green solar technology that’s shaped to imitate nature has been a somewhat common thing over the last few years. However, instead of constructing a set of buildings meant to blend in and look like trees, as people did at the start of the nature building trend. Now scientists are beginning to look at natural, highly beneficial processes – in this case photosynthesis – and attempting to replicate nature’s solar successes.

Substantial progress has been made in this area. Recently researchers at MIT announced that due to a major breakthrough this year they have finally made the solar ‘artificial leaf’ a reality. The leaf is able to split apart the oxygen and hydrogen that make up water. It does this by opposing catalytic bonds on different sides of the leaf to draw the elements apart. It all sounds very complicated; mostly because it is, but it is an astonishing breakthrough whether its one we can fully understand the science behind or not. Once the two elements have been separated they can then be used as a source of energy.

The successful creation of the artificial leaf has reignited people’s imaginations. What we can do using technology grows with each new day. A worldwide group of scientists have looked at the groundbreaking artificial leaf and speculated that the technology can be used to create even more effective photosynthesis like reactions generating even more solar power. A leaf in nature can separate and efficiently process a large amount of different types of energy. The artificial leaf is the first major step to taking advantage of all the different types of energy the sun has to offer and replicating the already safe and clean solar reactions in nature.

This ‘artificial leaf’ development lead one professor, James Barber, who is unconnected with the project to comment, “there is no doubt that their achievement is a major breakthrough which will have a significant impact on the work of others dedicated to constructing light-driven catalytic systems to produce hydrogen and other solar fuels from water.”

It’s pretty much unanimous that the artificial leaf represents a major development and one that has even more amazing potential for growth and innovation. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking developments in solar power potential because they are everywhere.

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Spanish Island to be Powered by Renewable Energy

A large-ish scale project in renewable energy is underway just off the coast of Spain on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands. The island which is 104 Square miles in size will switch to a new energy plan later this year which will be fully reliant on renewable forms of energy – mostly wind energy.

The new energy plan will cost the island somewhere around $87 million dollars. However, once the plan is in place El Hierro will be self reliant and energy costs will be paid to the island – where they can then be used for other projects aimed at sustainability.

The new plan emphasizes wind power as its primary source. This will replace the old diesel generators that currently power the island, which require the importation of diesel fuel from the mainland to generate power. The main wind farm on the island, which will be finished later this year, will produce 11.5 megawatts of energy which will provide the 11,000 residents of the island with the vast majority of their power.

A second portion of the plan aims at answering the question often posed to wind and solar advocates: what happens when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing? For El Hierro, the answer is a hydroelectric storage facility. When there is excess energy produced on the wind farm it will be used to pump water up to the top of an extinct volcano, where it will stay as a source of reserve energy. Should the island need more energy, they can open the hydroelectric plant and use the stored water to power the island on a windless day. The reservoir at the top of the old volcano can hold enough water for seven days worth of energy if it is needed.

Although the island will still keep its diesel generators for backup, and although this is not solar related exactly, the ramifications this will have on the renewable energy market as a whole will be huge! When El Hierro switches over to its new energy plan later this year it will be proof, to the many who criticize wind and solar energy enthusiasts, that a renewable energy economy can work on a much larger scale than many had presumed.

Just as places like Denver airport are trying to slowly switch to a more renewable energy plan – one that for them relies heavily on solar – it is good to see substantial changes in other areas of the globe as well. If El Hierro can power itself completely with renewable energy how long until other small – and large – islands begin to realize they can, and should, do the same?

NYC Mesothelioma Lawyer Says Concerns Arising From Asbestos Exposure Scare at Queens School Are Justified

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 18, 2011

Although no contamination was found, the recent discovery of asbestos in a Queens elementary school reflects the potential for harmful asbestos exposure faced by many people who live and work in older buildings, New York City mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck said.

According to a recent report in the New York Daily News, 100 students in five kindergarten classes at P.S. 143 in Queens were removed to other classrooms due to the threat that water leaks may have disturbed asbestos discovered in the roof beams of a school annex.

Although the report said that air tests failed to detect asbestos, several parents expressed concerns about their children?s health to the newspaper, while one teacher said she could not believe the children would eventually be returned to the building.

?I understand the concerns of those who work in the building, and those whose children attend school there,? said Belluck, a founding partner of Belluck & Fox, LLP, which has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of asbestos exposure victims and their families.

?Through the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in hundreds of building products, including roofing materials, ceiling tiles and insulation, and unfortunately, the risk of being unknowingly exposed to the mineral continues to this day,? Belluck said. ?The asbestos removal at this school must be done as thoroughly, safely and quickly as possible.?

Asbestos is a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a malignant cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen that is closely associated with inhaling microscopic asbestos dust. About 2,500 to 3,000 Americans die each year of mesothelioma and thousands more die of lung cancer related to asbestos, Belluck said.

One problem with asbestos is that signs of illnesses such as mesothelioma may not develop until many decades after one?s exposure. Additionally, family and friends may develop the deadly illness from being exposed to asbestos fibers on clothes, shoes, skin and hair.

The symptoms of mesothelioma include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, weight loss, chest pains and a buildup of fluid in the chest.

?In our practice, we frequently assist workers and military veterans who were exposed to asbestos for years at their job or in the service, and they never realized it until they became sick,? said Belluck, whose law firm recently won separate verdicts that collectively exceeded $ 51 million on behalf of two workers who suffered from mesothelioma.

The cases ? Dummitt v. A.W. Chesterton, et al. (Docket No. 190196/10) and Konstantin v. 630 Third Avenue Associates, et al. (Docket No. 090134/10) ? both were decided in the Supreme Court of New York, New York County.

?When an employer, landlord, manufacturer or other party should reasonably be on notice about the presence of asbestos, however, those parties need to be held fully accountable,? Belluck said, ?and the victims and their families need to be compensated.?

New York law allows asbestos exposure victims to recover funds for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages, Belluck said.

?Mesothelioma lawsuits can be highly complex matters and require extensive investigation to determine the source of the asbestos exposure,? Belluck said. ?That?s why our law firm believes that we play an important role in helping mesothelioma victims obtain relief.

?Fortunately, we have been able to develop a great amount of expertise in this area, and we?ve been able to use our background and experience to help clients to move on with their lives.?

About Belluck & Fox

Belluck & Fox, LLP, is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won over $ 400 million in compensation for clients and their families.

Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine?s ?Best Lawyers in the New York Area? and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $ 12 million.

Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine?s ?Best Lawyers in the New York Area? and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal?s Largest Verdict of the Year. He recently secured verdicts of $ 32 million and more than $ 19 million on behalf of individuals who had contracted mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.

In September, Belluck & Fox, LLP, won a coveted spot on a list of America’s best law firms, which was published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing showcased 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.

For more information, contact the firm at (877) 637-6843 or through the online contact form.


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Green Home Manufacturer to Offer Tornado Replacement Homes

Wake Forest, NC (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

Today, almost six months after the April tornadoes came through Texas and up the east coast, many homes have still not been rebuilt. Those that have, are rebuilt with the same stick-framed construction methods that failed in the first place. Local contractors have a huge backlog, so many devastated families are just waiting in motels and rented houses while nothing is being done.

Enertia’s inventor and founder, Michael Sykes, is offering a solution to both problems. His factory, just north of Raleigh, North Carolina, can cut and number a pre-fab kit for the walls and roof of the replacement home that the homeowner and his family and friends can erect with electric drills. Because the walls are solid Gluelam timber, which is stronger pound-for-pound than steel, the new home is much more likely to survive the next storm- which might be a tornado, hurricane, or ice event that brings down trees.

Enertia Gluelam walls were invented for an entirely different reason- for energy efficiency. The invention revolutionized house building- for the first time wooden walls were used to store and release solar energy. But the engineered wooden solid wall components are also incredibly strong and impact resistant, perfect for building a Tornado Safe structure. Enertia also manufactures Pre-fab “Safe Rooms” with the same gluelam technology- that can carried through a standard doorway, and be built inside an existing structure.

Enertia has, for 25 years, been the leading innovator in housing- an industry whose techniques and materials are mostly stuck in the 1950′s. These homes are a totally new form of architecture, in both design and material, and introduced a new word to the language: “Enertia” which means energy from a shift-in-time. In 2007 the company’s homes were named a Modern Marvel by the History Channel. Enertia homeowners, now in 27 states, have an almost Apple-like dedication to their houses, and would never go back to stick-frame living. This once-considered-oddball technology allows them to experience “off grid” freedom.

Enertia homes get their green credentials from the 100% renewable wall system, and their patented Geo-Solar heating and cooling. But longevity, which means resistance to nature’s wrath, is the best measure of sustainability.


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Roof Materials For Your Log Home
By Mercedes Hayes

Your roof is a great opportunity to make a
dramatic statement to the world. This
colorful creation is going to sit atop a
unique, custom home, and no matter what
material you choose it’s going to look
awesome. There are more choices on the market
today than ever before, and an extra
investment will probably make a bigger impact
here than elsewhere in your home. Even
asphalt shingles have taken on a new
personality. Here are some varieties modern
technology has made available to us (my cost
estimates are very broad, and only meant for
comparison’s sake).

ASPHALT (or Composition) SHINGLES:
(also known as three-tab shingles) The most
commonly used shingles, these are made from a
mixture of asphalt and fiberglass. The
ceramic granules protect the asphalt from the
sun’s UV rays. We tend to buy them according
to life expectancy, which starts at 15 years
for the thinnest shingles, 25-30 years for
the next level. Their lifetime depends on the
environment and how well the roof is vented.
This roof will cost around 150 per 100
square feet.

called architectural or dimensional shingles,
this shingle is still made from a mixture of
asphalt and fiberglass, but is built much
thicker, giving it a more three-dimensional
look. Architectural shingles make the roof
look more textured, are larger than a
standard shingle, and come in an amazing
variety of shapes. They are usually
guaranteed for 40 years and could easily cost
twice as much as standard asphalt shingles.

METAL ROOF: Metal is one of the more
sought-after roofing materials for log homes.
Usually made of steel, aluminum or copper,
the most commonly discussed metal roof is the
standing seam – sometimes called vertical
panel – roof. You can also get metal shingles
that resemble cedar shakes, slate, or tile.
There are several advantages to using a metal
roof, not the least of which is its fire
resistance. These roofs are also remarkably
lightweight, and stand up to hurricane-force
winds. This roof will generally cost about
600 per 100 square feet (very big range
of materials and composition). Life
expectancy is anywhere from 30-50 years up to
100 years.

difference between a Cedar Shake and a
Shingle is that, generally, the shingle is
sawn on both sides and the shake is
hand-split on one (or both) sides. The shake
tends to be thicker. Cedar looks
picture-perfect when installed, and will age
to a beautiful gray, given the right
environmental conditions. However, it is
prone to moss and mildew, and the shingles
have been known to curl. To combat their
inherent vulnerabilities, many brands are
treated to prevent mildew, and others are
treated for fire retardancy. The average life
expectancy is about 25-30 years and could
cost $400-500 per 100 square feet.

CONCRETE TILES: You’ll find a lot of
concrete roofs in Europe. Needless to say,
they are incredibly durable and
fire-resistant, and because concrete takes
stain so well, you can find it in up to 50
colors. Of course, this is a hefty solution
for a hefty home: figure out about 1000
pounds per 100 square feet. Concrete roof
tiles come in several profiles, and have a
life expectancy of about 80 years and can
cost around $200-400 per 100 square feet.
There will be extra expense for beefing up
the rafter system to support the weight.

CLAY TILES: When you mention clay
tiles, most of us think of the half-round
shapes on Spanish Mission buildings. Think no
more! Clay tiles are flat, interlocking,
rectangular, slabs… and of course
barrel-shaped. You can get them in solid
colors or blends, textured or smooth. Figure
about 1000 pounds per 100 square feet. They
have a life expectancy of about 50 years, and
can cost 500 per 100 square feet.

SLATE: Complex, durable, and
beautiful, slate has a life expectancy of 60
-125 years, and more. Your standard slate is
about 1/4″ thick. The slates are overlapped
so that the bottom edge of the slate is
actually covering two additional layers, and
less than half of the slate is exposed. This
standard thickness will weigh about 750
pounds per 100 square feet. Modern variations
of slate roofs are: Rubber Slate
(post-industrial waste) and Engineered Slate
(marble dust and polyester resins). A real
slate roof can cost up to $1000 per 100
square feet installed.

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years
is that lighter colored asphalt shingles have
a tendency to streak as rainwater washes down
the roof. Even my dark green roof is
streaking in one spot, although the green
masks the darker stain. Before you decide on
a color, do yourself a favor and drive around
the neighborhood; look for other houses with
similar shades. Then you can make a decision
as to what’s more important: how your roof
will reflect or absorb the heat, or which one
looks better over the years.

About the Author:
Mercedes Hayes is a Hiawatha Log Home dealer
and also a Realtor in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. She designed her own log home
which was featured in the 2004 Floor Plan
Guide of Log Home Living magazine. You can
learn more about log homes by visiting

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Concrete Roof Tile Business Opportunity Provides Excellent Income Potential!

Concrete Roof Tile Business Opportunity Provides Excellent Income Potential!
By Randy Wilson
Concrete Roof Tile Business:During the 2004 summer season, storms plagued the United States. Damages from the Hurricanes in Florida alone sent resources in the southern states scrambling. The shortage of qualified roofing professionals and supplies were felt immediately. Roofers from all over the United States began hunting down supplies and heading south. There were also many people who saw a roofing business opportunity and invested in roof tile businesses. Concrete roof tile has gone through some evolution over the years. Initially, the tiles were large, like sheets of corrugated roofing. The composition for the size did not hold up well, and lasted only about ten years. When the tiles were made smaller, it was found that the roof tiles held up twenty plus years and were tougher than the larger sheets. Another benefit of concrete roof tile is the ability to stain them, giving them the aesthetic flexibility that consumers want. Their durability and ease of installation are both benefits. Concrete roofing tiles provide great protection from heavy rain, hot sun, and strength. You can also be assured there is little risk of your tiles blowing off in high winds. The tiles size and composition are resistant to breakage as well. Concrete roofing tile can be produced with a small shop and small investment. This is an industry that is being used all over the world. Typical start up costs, not including land and buildings, can cost around one thousand dollars. Equipment can be purchased from hardware and concrete shops locally, or online. Supplies and mixes can be obtained the same way. There are typically two types of concrete roofing tile, both of which will require some learned skill to produce effectively. The first type is the fiber reinforced concrete tile. As the name implies, tiles are reinforced with sisal or coir fibers. The second type of tile is made with no fibers at all. These are known as micro-concrete roofing tiles. Quality control will be an important issue when producing roofing tiles. Micro-concrete roofing tiles will require a great deal of care and precision during the entire process of production or sub standard tiles will be produced. The standards for fiber-reinforced tiles can be produced with slightly less rigorous attention to detail, but you still want a good quality tile to make it to the roofer who buys them. Equipment requirements are actually minimal, but should be selected carefully for quality. A tile vibrator machine, moulds, plastic sheets, batching boxes, a water curing tank, and a table to work on are about the essentials. Your supplies should include sand, water, and cement. The sand should be of the best quality, having a regular grain-size grading. Make sure that the grain size is not too silty, as this will provide sub standard tiles. Once you learn the techniques of producing good quality tile, you will be able to market your tile to local roofers and hardware stores. Working on your sales pitch will be important, especially defining the benefits of concrete roofing tile. The benefits of concrete tile are easy to explain and should make for a great sales pitch to perspective clientele. Concrete roof tile production can also lead to concrete roof tile repair. If you have roofing experience, you will be ahead of the game. Installing concrete roofing tile is no more difficult than most other roofing materials. Always have extra tiles on hand to be able to assist with repair jobs. A concrete roof tile business is ideal for someone willing to make the educational investment. Most of the time involved will be in learning to produce good quality tile. Once you have established your techniques, you should have no trouble in selling your tiles on the roofing market! Copyright Randy Wilson, All Rights Reserved.
About the Author: Randy has dozens more home based business articles such as In Home Daycare Businesses, Earthworm Growing Business and Medical Billing Service..

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Marcus Donald Appoint High-Profile Umbrella Company

(PRWEB) October 23, 2011

Danbro, the limited company accountants and payroll firm for contract, freelance and temporary workers have been selected as one of Marcus Donald?s approved suppliers of accounting and payroll services for their candidates.

Marcus Donald cover a number of areas in the IT sector: permanent, contract and freelance for creative, technical and management roles. They have over 20 years? experience in the IT industry and deal with candidates at every level, from graduates to directors.

Kathryn Hefford, Human Resources Advisor at Marcus Donald says giving preference to the umbrella company made perfect sense: “With the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations, we decided that we needed to put together a Preferred Supplier List.”

“We approached Danbro as we knew they had a good reputation within the market place. When we met with John Morley, we felt certain that Danbro would be able to offer us an uncomplicated and effective solution, which would suit us, our contractors and our clients.”

Mike Rhodes, Head of Business Development at Danbro says Marcus Donald have chosen one of the finest umbrella companies in the UK:

?Marcus Donald are a fantastic recruitment company to be working with and we are looking forward to developing a long lasting business relationship with them.”

?We always aim to provide the best advice tailored to the candidate?s individual needs. By providing all contractor solutions under one roof, we can offer the candidates of Marcus Donald our impartial opinion on the most tax efficient, compliant and hassle free way for their candidates to receive their earnings.?

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Sam’s Wines and Spirits Team Return With Chicago Evolution Outpost

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 25, 2011

Evolution Wines & Spirits, a Chicago based retail wine, spirit, and craft beer store is opening it?s 3rd retail store in Chicago?s historic Bucktown neighborhood. Evolution COO, Brian Rosen, is the former CEO of Sam?s Wines and Spirits, a Chicago mecca for alcohol beverages from 1946-2007.

In developing Evolution, CEO Richard Salberg, decided on two main criteria. One, have the best service, selection and knowledge available and two, take the top 3000 products that Sam?s sold and put them under one roof. The Chicago Evolution store is unique in that Fred Rosen will be at the helm, bringing his 50 years of experience and passion to the space. Fred is a legend in the national alcohol beverage business and adored by legions of Chicago libation lovers.

Evolution operates successful stores in Northbrook and Peoria, Illinois. Chicago will mark the third store for Salberg and Rosen in only nine months.

“Not a day goes by that a Chicagoan does not approach the team and lament the selling of Sam’s. Sam’s was a staple in Chicago, the same as Wrigley Field, we have been asked numerous times to bring back our retail team. We have done that with Evolution, as much for Chicago as for ourselves,” states the elder Rosen.


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