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NC jobs, Green energy jobs, Solar energy, Wind energy, Passive solar, Weatherizaton, North Carolina Green Business Fund

NC jobs, Green energy jobs, Solar energy, Wind energy, Passive solar, Weatherizaton, North Carolina Green Business Fund

From GEO, Green Energy On-line November 22, 2010.

“Win win situations. Creating jobs, saving money and becoming more energy independent. What’s not to like?

That is what we believe. And that is what we are working on. GEO, Green Energy On-line, new company name for projects we have had in the works for a while and research that began in the 1970′s. We are focusing on passive solar and wind energy with some integration of active solar. Why? Because it is so simple and can be employed in existing and new home construction without major costs.

We are testing multiple passive solar strategies beginning with ones that are portable and smaller in scope. Our first and second passive solar projects are operational and providing heat. The first one feeds heat through a window passage. The second is attached to a crawl space opening and connected to ductwork. We are working on new designs that will be not only be cost effective but also unobtrusive and even attractive.

Our 2000 watt wind generator has been operational for over four months. As expected it produces electricity part of the time due to the lower wind speeds in the Piedmont of NC. However, it may come close to running as much as active solar panels. Remember, best case scenario, solar cells produce electricity on average 8 – 9 hours a day on sunny days.

We are working on a design that integrates solar and wind energy to drive a wind generator. This will greatly increase the output in lower wind areas and thus will make this option attractive to more people.

We are in the process of applying for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. It is hoped that the public will see the value in our projects and in our vision for using down to earth simple techniques to take advantage of the “free energy” surrounding us, save money and put people to work. The beauty of spreading these simple technologies is that they will put many people to work in communities across our state and the nation.

Weatherization is another simple way to save money, become more energy independent and put people to work. A good friend of mine with a small electricial company is being very proactive in embracing new energy and energy saving technologies. He is currently updating his weatherization skills. We meet almost daily to discuss our projects. He has taken a keen interest in our projects and has helped on the installation.

The North Carolina Green Business Fund.

“As a State-authorized advisory board administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology encourages, promotes, and supports scientific, engineering, and industrial research applications in North Carolina.

The Board is focused on accelerating North Carolina’s next generation of technology and technology companies.

The Board works to investigate new areas of emerging science and technology and conducts studies on the competitiveness of North Carolina industry and research institutions in these fields.

The Board also works with the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor to put into place the infrastructure that keeps North Carolina on the cutting edge of science and technology.

Created in 1963 (the first such organization in the US), the Board has been responsible for the creation of a number of internationally recognized initiatives to catalyze the transformation of the North Carolina economy by leveraging university research, science, entrepreneurship, and technology-based economic development.”

The North Carolina Green Business Fund has used up all funding for 2010. We will seek funding from them in the future. However, many politicians speak in platitudes about becoming energy independent and putting people to work. This is simple. I am reminded of efforts from the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and others who, without initial government aid or prodding, persisted with hard work and changed the country and certainly created jobs.”


Fed cuts rate by .75, stock market down 351, January 22, 2008

The Fed has cut the discount rate by .75. The stock market is sharply down. This latest cut by Bernanke and the Fed brings the Federal Funds Rate to 3.50 percent. The reason for the cut was, according to the Fed, “in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth.”

Sam Ervin, North Carolina, Watergate and NC influence

I just got through watching a documentary on NC Public
TV about Senator Sam, Sam Ervin. Sam Ervin is best known
for chairing the Watergate Committee, his knowledge of the
Constitution and his down home wit. He was known to say “I
am just a simple country lawyer from North Carolina.” Well,
he was from NC, but he was a Harvard Law School Graduate,
with honors, and extremely intelligent. Sam Ervin was also
influenced by his religious upbringing and by the values of
his community in Morganton NC.
Watching the documentary brought back memories of the Watergate Hearings and Sam Irvin but also brought back memories of other famous and not so famous people from NC. We were all influenced by those surrounding us and I can say with a high degree of confidence, that I was surrounded by some of the most decent and caring people to be found anywhere. From my parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, neighbors and people I ran into, there was that spirit of community, morality and caring that comes through on the Andy Griffith Show. I guess that on some level I realized this as a youth but it is only now that I really appreciate how fortunate I was to grow up in North Carolina.

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NC History, North Carolina Historical Markers

North Carolina was the first state to be colonized by Europeans and was one of the original 13 colonies. Naturally, NC is rich in history. Drive through many cities in NC and eventually you will run across one of the many historical markers. Many people know that O’Henry and Edward R Murrow were born in Greensboro. Did you know that RICHARD J. GATLING, inventor of the Gatling Gun, was from NC? His marker is on US 258 northeast of Murfreesboro. Did you know that the first post road from New England to Charleston ran through NC and mail was carried in 1738-39. This marker is on Main Street in Bath. Did you know that Andrew Jackson studied law in Salisbury NC? His marker is in downtown Salisbury. Did you know that The “Halifax Resolves,” the first formal sanction of American Independence, was adopted in Halifax, April 12, 1776. The marker is on US 301 north of US 301 Business (Main Street) in Halifax.

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North Carolina state parks, recreation areas, NC scenic areas

North Carolina, aside from being the 10th most populated state and having a prosperous real estate market, abounds in scenic beauty and consequently has a large number of state parks and recreation areas. Here is a list of the NC state parks and recreation areas:

carolina beach state park, chimney rock, cliffs of the neuse state park, crowders mountain state park, eno river state 
park, falls lake recreation area, fort fisher recreation area, fort macon state park, goose creek state park, gorges state park, hammocks beach state park, hanging rock state park, jockey’s ridge state park, jones lake state park, jordan lake recreation area, kerr lake state recreation area, lake james state park, lake norman state park, lake waccamaw state park, lumber river state park, medoc mountain state park, merchant’s millpond state park, morrow mountain state park, mount jefferson state park, mount mitchell state park, new river state park, pettigrew state park, pilot mountain state park, raven rock state park, singletary lake state park, south mountains state park, stone mountain state park, weymouth woods sandhills nature preserve, william b. umstead state park.

Some of my favorites are Hanging Rock State Park, Crowders Mountain State Park, Stone Mountain State Park and Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

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Barack Obama projected winner by CNN in Iowa Caucus

Barack Obama has been projected as winner of the Iowa caucus by CNN. Hilary Clinton and John Edwards are currently tied for second place.

Mike Huckabee projected winner of Iowa Caucus by CNN

Mike Huckabee has just been announced as a projected winner by CNN. Mike Huckabee, who in the past few weeks has risen from an obscure candidate to a frontrunner, has a commanding lead in Iowa. John McCain is focusing his attention on New Hampshire where he has a much better chance.