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NC energy, NC jobs, Green energy initiatives, Green Energy On-line grant, January 1, 2011

NC energy, NC jobs, Green energy initiatives, Green Energy On-line grant, January 1, 2011

From Green Energy On-line, December 29, 2010.

“On Saturday, January 1, 2011, we will be notified by the Pepsi Refreah Project team if our project application has been approved for voting. If approved, a link will be provided on this site as well as on our social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook.

We have been very active in passive solar and wind energy research and development using our own limited finances and resources. The Pepsi Refresh Project grant money, if received, will jump start our efforts, especially our planned design for solar augmented wind energy. Our advanced wind energy design should open new markets in lower wind speed areas.

We have already been in discussions and tests with two local established small businesses and will use them in our projects. We will immediately inject cash into the local economy with the intent of putting more people to work locally and nationally with labor intensive installations of passive solar and wind energy.

We will be utiliziing some active solar as well as passive solar. What we are particularly attracted to is more effectively using wind energy. Let’s face it. Using active or passive solar alone with a best case scenario of about 8 hours a day on average is not a good cost vs benefit solution.”

The president of Green Energy On-line expects to be approved by the Pepsi Refresh Project team. They have been using their own money and resources thus far and regardless of whether or not they receive this grant money, they will move forward. The biggest innovations in this country came from small businesses like the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison and without grants.

Pepsi Refresh Project voting begins January 1, 2011, GEO Green Energy On-line

Pepsi Refresh Project voting begins January 1, 2011, GEO Green Energy On-line

GEO, Green Energy On-line is a NC company developing and promoting simple passive solar and wind technology. Green Energy On-line currently has an application being reviewed by the Pepsi Refresh Project staff. If accepted, their project will be voted on by the general public.

From GEO,  Green Energy On-line, December 1, 2010.

“Our application for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant was submitted early this morning and received for review.”

“Project Vision.

The plan, already in place, is to promote simple, inexpensive passive solar solutions. A house built in 1910 is being adapted for wind energy & passive solar. The first wind generator installed with passive solar collectors will provide heat for the downstairs.Long terms plans are to fine tune the passive solar and to experiment with wind generators that produce electricity with lower wind speeds and solar heat assistance.
Ultimately the goal is to promote passive solar energy, the cheapest and most flexible of our abundant free energy. A byproduct of this effort will be putting people to work installing the solutions, which can be as simple as the window heat unit.
We are also working on the aesthetic aspect of passive and active solar. Too many of the existing products are an eyesore. We are brainstorming with another company to provide more aesthetically pleasing and more varied products which will allow more people to embrace this technology. ”

How to vote:

“Voting for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant proposal is simple.


Login in first with your email address and password


Use your Facebook account information.

Who can vote?

Legal residents of the US states or District of Columbia, age 13 and older.

How to vote

10 votes per day are allowed. Each vote must be for a different project. Voting starts on the first of the month and continues through the last day of every month. Unused Votes do not roll over.”

Charlotte WIFI, Charlotte wireless access to the internet

I am sitting in Dilworth Coffee Shop, drinking great coffee and accessing the internet for free and just realized that I failed to mention the free internet access earlier. What triggered this memory was watching some geese walk through the parking lot. I sometimes see traffic pause in Greensboro and Charlotte to let geese cross the road. This impresses me as really cool. We humans are always in a hurry and we stop to let creatures pass that are oblivious to our stupidity. So what has that got to do with this post? It probably momentarily freed up my thought processes long enough to remember something. Conclusion: we need coffee and atmosphere to bring out our best thoughts. So, visit Dilworth Coffee in Quail Corners Shopping Center for great coffee, atmosphere and free internet access.

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HGTV new show, get Kristin Wells to renovate your home

A new HGTV show is being filmed in Charlotte NC. It is being
hosted by Kristin Wells, a Greensboro North Carolina native
and former cohost of HomeMakers, an all female renovation
show on Turner South. The show will begin airing within the
year on HGTV.

Would you like to have Kristin Wells remodel your home.
Applications for home remodeling are being taken. If you
are interested, send information on your home project and
a brief description about your family to:

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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.”

Center Pointe Downtown Greensboro condos, shops, restaurants

Center Pointe, in downtown Grensboro NC, is a new high rise condo, shop and restaurant project. The construction is moving along well and there are rumors that Roy Carroll, the developer, is planning another high rise project in Greensboro. The condos range in price from $180,000 plus to over $500,000 plus and are located at 201 N Elm Street in the heart of downtown Greensboro. The condos feature:

  • Ten foot ceilings.
  • High performance insulated exterior glass.
  • Hardwood, cork or bamboo floors.
  • Carpeted bedrooms.
  • Ceramic tile baths.
  • Granite countertops.
  • Designer wood cabinets.
  • Undermount stainless steel kitchen sink.
  • Stainless steel appliances.
  • Washer and dryer.
  • Balcony.
  • High speed internet access.
  • Oversized water heater.
  • Fire sprinkler system.
  • Designer interior doors

Downtown Greensboro Homes

Historical building for lease, Greensboro NC, O’Henry, Vicks Vaporub

A great historical building in downtown Greensboro NC is for lease at 121 South Elm St. William Clarkson Porter, a druggist,  built the building in 1873. O’Henry worked for his uncle. Later, Lunsford Richardson, the inventor of Vicks Vaporub, bought the building. The building is composed of 2 stories of over 9,000 square feet of office space and includes a 3,000 square feet of basement for free. The office space is being leased for $ 13 per square foot. Inquiries should be directed to Fred Preyer of the Bissell Companies.

Under the heading of the rest of the story, Lunsford Richardson Preyer, better know as L Richardson Preyer, was a descendant of the founder of Vicks as well as being a judge and congressman from NC. He was a member of  the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have 2 connections to he and his family. I played little league baseball with his son and later worked for an accounting firm that did work for his family.

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