Draker selected to monitor 11 solar PV projects

first_imgAbout RAIFounded in 1974 by Raymond I. Angelini, RAI is a solar construction, general construction, electrical contracting and testing firm servicing commercial clients in NJ, PA, DE and MD. Originally established as an electrical contracting company, RAI formed a solar division in 2004 and has since completed solar projects throughout NJ, PA, DE and MD. To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc. visit www.raiservices.com(link is external)  or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566. Draker Labs, a provider of high performance turnkey monitoring systems for large commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, has been selected by Ray Angelini Services, Incorporated (RAI), to monitor 11 solar projects located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Seven of the projects have been commissioned and the remaining ones are currently under development. The projects include a mix of commercial sites and educational institutions.According to Gregg Barchi, Director of Operations and Maintenance at RAI, the decision to select Draker followed a comprehensive review of monitoring vendors. ‘We wanted a complete, end-to-end solution from a single vendor with a proven track record in commercial PV monitoring. Draker is unique in that they have been providing monitoring hardware, web interfaces and field services for over 10 years. They have deep commercial experience and provide a level of technical guidance we rarely see from other vendors. We’re very pleased with our decision to standardize on Draker’s technology and services and look forward to continuing to partner with them on future projects.’ About DrakerDraker Laboratories provides highly accurate and reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets.  As a supplier of end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker’s turnkey systems combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive web-based data management system and unmatched customer support.www.drakerlabs.com(link is external) (March 28, 2011 – Burlington, VT)center_img Draker CEO Charles ‘Chach’ Curtis, cited the RAI partnership as an important milestone in solidifying the company’s position as a leader in commercial PV monitoring. ‘As one of the premier east coast solar developers, Ray Angelini enjoys a stellar reputation for technical excellence and quality support services. We are thrilled to have been chosen by them to monitor their PV projects and look forward to a long and healthy partnership between the two companies.’last_img read more

Northeast the most affordable for ski trips

first_imgDestinationHotelSki RentalLift TicketMealBeerTotal cost1Vail, CO$581.81$40.85$105.00$13.07$4.83$745.562Aspen, CO$509.76$41.30$104.00$13.33$4.67$673.063Park City, UT$524.08$45.33$85.00$8.83$3.81***$667.054Telluride, CO$439.93$35.32$98.00$10.25$3.75$587.255Steamboat Springs, CO$420.62$36.32$99.00$12.98$4.83$573.756Whistler, BC, Canada$331.86$38.13$96.00$13.92$6.08$485.997Big Sky, MT$348.68$36.67$65.33$9.33$4.08$464.098Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada$322.34$44.99**$75.00$12.30$5.30$459.939Sun Valley, ID$310.23$35.00$48.00$12.17$3.48$408.8810Mammoth Lakes, CA$260.45$33.00$96.00$11.83$5.25$406.53The TripIndex Ski list comprises 20 popular ski destinations and Canada.TripIndex Ski prices out the following items in each destination: Per night cost of a hotel (between December 2011 and March 2012), cost of a basic ski rental package, cost of a lift ticket, cost of a meal (burger and fries) and cost of an alcoholic drink (domestic beer).Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below, and apply to travel between December 2011 and March 2012. The ‘basket’ of items is representative of the common items many travelers will purchase while on a ski vacation.Hotel prices specify the average cost of a hotel found on TripAdvisor within a five-mile radius of the destination (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the winter travel period (December 15 – March 31). *Identifies hotel prices that were taken from a 10-mile radius. In all destinations, between two and 62 hotels were included to compute the average price. On average, 29 hotels were included in the calculations for each destination.Ski rental prices include the average price of a basic, daily ski rental, including skis, poles and boots, taken from three equipment rental shops on or near the mountain. **Identifies ski rental prices that come from only one rental shop.Lift ticket prices identify the average price of a daily, adult lift ticket, taken from the local ski slopes for each destination during the 2011-2012 winter high-peak season.Meal prices reflect the average price of a burger and fries, taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain.Beer prices include the average price of a bottle/draft domestic beer taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain. ***Identifies beer prices from restaurants that only offer on-site brewery beer brands.All prices shown are as quoted by source.About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and Instant Personalization) with seamless links to booking tools.TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 65 million unique monthly visitors* across 19 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 50 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).TripAdvisor and the TripAdvisor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TripAdvisor LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire Best Value Ski Destinations in North America To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/49252-tripadvisor-inaugural-ski-destination-c…(link is external)TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski presents the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, a basic ski rental package, a one-day lift ticket, a local meal and a bottle/glass of beer at top ski destinations.The complete TripIndex Ski list can be viewed at http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripIndexSkiUS(link is external). DestinationHotelSki RentalLift TicketMealBeerTotal cost1Salt Lake City, UT$122.30$32.67$70.67$9.31$3.63$238.582North Conway, NH$121.72$37.33$69.00$8.41$3.42$239.883Taos, NM$134.04$28.00$75.00$8.67$3.83$249.544Jackson Hole, WY$148.28$36.83$85.00$10.25$3.67$284.035Snowshoe, WV$160.94$32.00$79.00$8.66$3.67$284.276Banff, AB, Canada$159.81$36.00$73.00$12.47$5.50$286.787Stowe, VT$171.92$38.67$79.00$10.17$4.20$303.968Lake Tahoe, CA$187.55$38.00$80.00$14.67$4.75$324.979Lake Placid, NY$251.98$35.33$79.00$11.33$3.83$381.4710Killington, VT$267.22$34.33$86.00$9.15$4.17$400.87Most Expensive Ski Destinations in North America TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski ‘ a cost comparison of 20 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. Salt Lake City is the most affordable spot in the nation, Vail is the most expensive, and the Northeast is generally the most affordable region, with Colorado being the costliest. Top Skiing Steals and DealsSalt Lake City, Utah is the most affordable ski destination, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $239.North Conway, New Hampshire is the least expensive ski destination in the Northeast, coming in on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski at $240.Taos, New Mexico topped the list for the cheapest ski destination for travelers looking to enjoy America’s western slopes ($250).Banff, Alberta came out on top for the best-value Canadian destination for winter sports enthusiasts, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $287Most Expensive Winter EscapesWith a price tag of $746, Vail, Colorado emerged as the priciest ski spot.Colorado is also the overall most expensive state for US skiers, with four of the top five most expensive destinations on the index.Whistler, British Columbia is the priciest Canadian ski destination, coming out at a TripIndex Ski total of $486.New England Most Pocket-Friendly RegionThe Northeast is the most affordable US region for travelers seeking a winter deal, reveals TripIndex Ski ‘ with North Conway (New Hampshire), Stowe (Vermont) and Killington (Vermont) included in the top 10 most affordable destinations. Travelers who visit these destinations can expect to enjoy the slopes for between $240 ‘ $401.Cutting Costs on AccommodationsThe top ten affordable ski destinations also have the most pocket-friendly hotel rates:A one-night stay in Salt Lake City, Utah ‘ the most affordable TripIndex Ski hotspot ‘ is $122, compared to $582 in Vail, Colorado.Eight of the ten most affordable destinations boast average hotel prices under $200 per night, while rates across five of the ten most expensive destinations exceed $400 per night.”For travelers who are looking for a snowy escape, TripIndex Ski provides an easy way to compare the most popular ski destinations across North America,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripIndex Ski is a useful tool for travelers who are looking to get the best bang for their buck this winter season.”last_img read more

The one leadership style that shuts people down

first_imgIt is no secret that the culture of your credit union can make or break your success.  A good culture can help differentiate you from competitors, help you keep talented employees and attract new ones, reach your growth goals more quickly and so much more.While developing an organizational culture can take years to see the fruits of your labor, it really can start with one person – you.  And if you manage people, there is one leadership style that I have seen that shuts down even your top-performing employees.  I call this type of leader the Culture Killer.  There tends to be one of these types of leaders in every credit union and, in a lot of instances, they are actually a really fun part of the team whom everyone loves personally.  But as a leader, they focus only on the negative.  What hasn’t been done.  How that person could have been better.  What wasn’t done the way you would have done it personally.  These types of behavior by themselves will kill your culture.  I have experienced this personally.  As a perfectionist and self-proclaimed over-achiever, I was always striving for the stars no matter what project I was working on or goal I was trying to hit.  But once I worked for someone who didn’t understand that being a good leader is being a person’s champion, and I felt very quickly like all this person cared about doing was finding things I was doing wrong so they could point them out to me.  Conversations often started with, “First of all, this is wrong,” even if I was asking about where we wanted to order lunch.  I was repeatedly questioned on why I did something a different way even though the end result was correct.  And over time, I noticed myself focusing more on how I could keep this person off my back and less on how I could do a good job in my position.  I stopped being a great employee.  I stopped taking pride in what I was doing because I was so stressed out about keeping my boss happy.  Leadership is an art, and becoming a good leader is just like starting a physical training program; it requires consistent use of a bunch of different muscles and a lot of practice to become fit.  Don’t just see your subordinates as a list of things you asked them to do.  Remember first and foremost that they are human beings.  Recognize the good in what they are doing.  Show them you care about them.  Give them the chance to screw up sometimes because those are the best learning experiences.  Help them get better by clearly communicating your expectations beforehand, and showing them how what they did could be even better next time.   198SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more