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Knoxville Zoo Going Solar With Help From Wampler’s

Thanks to Wampler’s Farm Sausage, Knoxville Zoo is taking its most ambitious step yet toward sustainability; the installation of a solar power system on the roof of The Stokely African Elephant Preserve barn. The 50 kilowatt system, constructed by local energy electrical contractor ARiES Energy, LLC, will produce clean, renewable energy for the zoo and provide an opportunity to educate guests on the use of green power.
Knoxville Zoo partnered with Wampler’s Farm Sausage and Family Brands International, makers of Elm Hill hot dogs and Cades Cove barbecue, because of their success in solar power generation at their manufacturing facilities. Thanks to the assistance from Wampler’s, the zoo can further their mission of environmental conservation by reducing their carbon footprint with the added benefit of providing an ongoing income stream for the zoo as part of the TVA Green Power Providers Program

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Interested in how YOU can go solar?? Join ARiES Energy for a solar workshop at the zoo January 26th.  For more information, click here.

Can’t make it on the 26th?Join us Tuesday January 22 at United Community Bank in Farragut at 5:30PM or Wednesday January 23rd at Bearden Beer Market at 6:30PM

 

Abouelata advocates for Tennessee to be nation’s energy leader

Harvey Abouelata wants Tennessee to “take the brass ring and run with it.”

In a recent interview with teknovation.biz, the President of ARiES advocated for a tagline that simply says “Tennessee . . . Where Energy Begins.” ARiES stands for Alternative, Renewable, Innovative, Economic, Solutions for Energy, a company that Abouelata founded about a year ago with two partners – Mary Shaffer Gill and Patrick West.

His work for the last several years in a variety of energy sectors provides a good perspective on why he believes the tagline makes sense. For Abouelata, it’s an easy sell.

“If you want to be in the theater, you go to Broadway. If you want to be in finance, you go to Wall Street. If you want to be in energy, you come here.”

Abouelata cites the state’s assets that many know – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Electric Power Research Institute, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Wacker Chemie, and Hemlock Semiconductor.

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Need your opinion on some suggested topics for our next event

We noticed that the hits on our website showed a doubling of hits when we publicized our DIY workshop. That showed us that our website viewers were interested in more events where they can get information and ask questions. It was each of you who will decide on what we do next as an event. Here are some ideas that we have come up with that might be of interest. Review these topics and if you do not find what you want about to know about solar energy and what it can do for you, let us know. In fact, give us your opinion as to your interest in participating in such an event. Your opinion will be the decision maker of what we do next.

1. Solar energy for farmers and remote locations
2. Information on solar energy for teachers and lecturers
3. Benefits of solar to combat global warming
4. Adding energy storage to your home or business can provide electricity during and after natural disasters

If none of these topics satisfy your curiosity, then tell us what you want to know.
Stephen Levy, Technical Director
Tennessee Solar Energy Association

Graduate Students Win Tennessee Landscape Architecture Design Awards

Students in the Landscape Architecture Program won top awards in the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Tennessee Chapter Design Awards Program.
The students accepted their awards in mid-October at the ASLA Conference held in Franklin, Tennessee.

A project by Luke Murphree, from Greer, SC and Patrick Osborne from Fall Branch, TN, “Solar Greenways,” won an Award of Honor in the General Design category. The design proposed the integration of an alternative energy infrastructure into the First Creek Greenway corridor to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Murphree, a second-year landscape design student, said, “‘Solar Greenways’ demonstrates the progressive abilities of landscape architects and students to respond to environmental issues such as climate change in a way that offers ecological, economic, and social benefits to our society.”

The UT Landscape Architecture Program, recently accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board, is the first and only accredited professional landscape architecture program in Tennessee.

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Solar for your Home Workshop with STION

Come to Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, November 7th for a workshop with STION, solar panel manufacturer located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. At the workshop you will learn more about solar energy and how you can incorporate into your home or building!

This workshop is part of the Bearden Beer Market and ARiES Energy Best  Building Practices campaign to lower their carbon footprint, educate the community and encourage patrons and partners to follow suit.

Every Wednesday: $1 per pint will support BBM’s Best Building Practices! Join us to hear about BBM’s plans to incorporate the best building practices into the beer garden to improve energy efficiency and enhance the experience for beer lovers & BBM partners of Knoxville!

Some of their projects include:

  • Installing a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System!
  • Completing Lighting Retrofits (90% accomplished, let’s make it 100%!)
  • Purchasing Biomass heating and power generation units! (Conveniently charge electronics in the beer garden without plugging into the grid!)
  • Roof Top Garden for Storm Water Collection (vegetation for reducing run-off & carbon emissions, not for eating!)

For more information or to RSVP, Click Here

Bearden Beer Market to Showcase Their Sustainability Efforts

BBM plans to lower our carbon footprint, educate the community and encourage patrons and partners to follow suit by:

In this workshop ARiES Energy will provide:

  • Installing a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System!
  • Completing our Lighting Retrofits (90% accomplished, let’s make it 100%!)
  • Purchasing Biomass heating and power generation units! (Conveniently charge electronics in the beer garden without plugging into the grid!)
  • Roof Top Garden for Storm Water Collection (vegetation for reducing run-off & carbon emissions, not for eating!)
  • Rain Barrels to sustain the roof garden
  • Porous Surface to replace blacktop in beer garden  (reduces runoff, increases water quality, & decreases heat

Bearden Beer Market (BBM) is incorporating best building practices into the beer garden to improve energy efficiency and enhance the experience

It is very important to BBM to demonstrate that “greening” is not simply a novelty. It is a best practice and the way of the future! BBM believes those who support these proactive energy efforts should be championed! To do this BBM, has dedicated an entire wall to showcase the support of BBM’s energy efforts and quality building practices. “Wall of Champions” signage opportunities include:

for beer lovers & BBM partners of Knoxville! To accomplish our goals, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

  • “Rookie-of-the-Year” – 1×1 ft space
  • “All-Star” – 2×2 ft space
  • “Hall-of-Famer” – 3×3 ft space

When: October 17, 2012, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Bearden Beer Market (BBM), 4524 Old Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919:

RSVP: Bearden Beer Market - Matt, beardenbeermarket@gmail.com, (423) 648-0963 www.beardenbeermarket.com

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ARiES Energy, LLC - Mary Shaffer Gill, mary@ariesenergy.com www.ariesenergy.com

TSEA’s Stefan and Carmelo Install Their First Solar System

Carmelo Plugging In

TSEA volunteers, Stefan Partin and Carmelo Mannino, helped ARiES Energy install solar panels at the Pink Pig in Downtown Morristown.  This was the first hands-on solar installation job for both interns, and it was a great success.  ”It is great to get your hands dirty and get experience on the ground installing,” said Stefan, “I talk to many people that have installed panels, and it is good to say that now I have too.”  Carmelo talked about his experience saying, “I’m use to doing solar behind a desk, I found installing the panels to be a great experience.”  ARiES Energy, a business member of TSEA, provides solar and renewable energy services, and was founded on the principal of three “E’s” – Energy Independence, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship.

Completed Installation

The installation was a 11.73 kW solar photovoltaic installation on a rooftop in Historic Downtown Morristown.  The project used aesthetic and innovative solar technology that was installed within the design requirements of the local Historic Zoning Commission and will add to the historic building’s complete renovation.  ARiES Energy is proud to be the FIRST project finished in the TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program.  ARiES Energy will be holding a ribbon cutting event in Morristown on October 4th, 2012 at 9AM EST.  To view more picture click here. Visit ARiES Energy at www.ariesenergy.com

TenneSEIA’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament

TenneSEIA First Golf Tournament

TenneSEIA will host TenneSEIA’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 11, at Gaylord Springs Golf Links Course in Nashville, Tennessee. Efficient Energy of Tennessee, LLC (EETN) is the title sponsor of the inaugural event. EETN is a turnkey installer of solar photovoltaic/solar thermal systems based out of Powell, Tennessee.
All TenneSEIA members and the public are invited for an afternoon of golf, camaraderie and lunch. Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle with TenneSEIA members and affiliates from around the state while enjoying a round of golf on one of Tennessee’s premier golf courses.
To sign up please visit: http://www.eetenn.com/about_us/golf_tournament_form.aspx or fill in the registration PDF form and return to EETN at the address below. Early bird registration will be available through August 31st. Registration will be available through September 11, 2012.
Hole and Tee sponsorships are available to showcase your company. For more information on becoming a sponsor please review the sponsorship PDF form or go online to sign up at: http://www.eetenn.com/golf_sponsorship_form.aspx.
Donations for prizes are currently being accepted. To make a donation please call EETN at (865) 947-3386.

NOTE: If you can’t find a team of 4 players, you can still register for the tournament as an individual and we will group you with other players. The individual fee is just ¼ of the team fee ($87.50 per player before Aug 31, $93.75 after Sept 1). Again, if you have a conflict or would prefer not to golf, you can still support the industry and TenneSEIA by sponsoring a hole or tee. Thank you.

UT unveils solar-powered, free-standing charging station

Scientists create spray-on battery paint

Rice University researchers have created spray-on battery paint, creating the potential for new gadget form factors.

One of the primary factors holding back the development of truly next-generation devices is battery technology. Yes, the lithium-ion power modules that energize most of our current flock of gadgets are fairly small and reliable. But they still take up a relatively large amount of space in our devices, and often dictate the form factor to a certain degree. Fortunately, scientists at Rice University in Texas have developed an interesting solution: spray-on batteries.

Neelam Singh, one of the Rice researchers involved in the project, says they will work to reduce the size of the paint needed to hold a meaningful charge, and hope to make their creation more user friendly. Singh tells New Scientist that he hopes to one day pair the spray-on battery with paintable solar cells, to create the next generation of home electrical systems. When exactly such a thing will be possible, well, we’ll just have to be patient.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/scientists-create-spray-on-battery-paint/#ixzz1zCjEtPwE