National Life plugs into the sun

first_imgNational Life plugs into the sunFinancial Services Company Turns On Largest Solar Project in VermontMontpelier, Vermont (November 19, 2008) _ Electricity from the largest solar electric installation in Vermont – an array of 418 solar panels – is now helping to power National Life Group’s Montpelier headquarters.As the sun peeked out from the clouds, National Life CEO Thomas H. MacLeay and Gov. Jim Douglas joined together today in a rooftop ceremony to commission the new system and to praise the public-private financial partnership that made the project possible.A $200,000 state grant helped finance the $500,000 73 kW photovoltaic (PV) system.”This project is exactly what we envisioned when we created the Clean Energy Development Fund,” said the Governor. “We are supporting a diversified portfolio of clean energy technologies and leveraging private investments.”MacLeay said the combination of the state grant, federal and state tax credits and a solar incentive program from Green Mountain Power Co., made the project feasible.”This project makes economic sense,” said MacLeay. “More importantly, it makes environmental sense.””Emissions from electricity generation using fossil fuels are considered the leading contributor to global warming,” he said. “Solar has zero emissions.”National Life is eligible for a new incentive from Green Mountain Power. The SolarGMP program, which works with existing “net metering” programs, pays customers for all solar energy generated at a rate of 6 cents per kilowatthour above and beyond any net metering payments.”We are thrilled to support National Life’s very significant addition of solar in Vermont,” said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. “We are convinced that by supporting major installations like this one at National Life, solar will become an important part of Vermonts energy future.”Ms. Powell also delivered a $40,000 check to MacLeay as part of a Green Mountain Power grant program.Leigh Seddon, vice president of engineering for Solar Works Inc., which installed the system, said, “National Life’s commitment to the environment is evident and we look forward to continuing our relationship with this project and with the planned installation of an upcoming solar thermal project.”That project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, calls for 20 thermal collectors – 800 square feet of collector area – to be set on the roof. Projections are those collectors will be able to supply more than half of the hot water for National Life.”Vermont has tremendous sunshine,” said Seddon. “We have 30 percent more annual solar radiation here than in Germany, which is No. 1 in the world for installed solar. There is tremendous solar potential in this state.”The solar initiative is one of more than two dozen energy-related projects National Life has undertaken in the six years MacLeay has been CEO. Under his stewardship National Life Group has taken a leadership role pioneering a variety of environmental initiatives.That campaign will reach an impressive milestone at the end of this year when National Life hopes to win coveted LEED certification for its Montpelier headquarters. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Experts say LEED certification for National Life’s headquarters would be a first for a 50-year-old facility anywhere in the country. About National Life GroupNational Life Group (NLGroup) is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment* products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.NLGroup, a Fortune 1000 company, serves more than 700,000 customers. With 2007 combined revenue of $1.4 billion and net income of $109 million, NLGroup employs roughly 900 employees, with most located at its home office in Montpelier, Vt. Group companies also maintain offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia.The Group is made up of its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, chartered in Montpelier, Vermont in 1848; Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors Inc., all based in Montpelier and are all affiliates. National Life Insurance Co. is licensed to do business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is licensed to do business in 48 states and the District of Columbia. It is not licensed in New York. Each company is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Sentinel Investments is a unifying brand name for Sentinel Financial Services Co., Sentinel Asset Management, Inc., and Sentinel Administrative Services, Inc.” Securities are offered through Registered Representatives of Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 50604 (802) 229-3900. National Life Group is a trade name of National Life Insurance Co., Montpelier, Vt., and its affiliates.About Solar Works, Inc.Founded in 1980, Solar Works is a full service renewable energy systems integrator and project developer providing solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar thermal solutions for commercial, education and institutional clients. Solar Works has industry leading expertise in engineering, design, project management, performance analysis, project financing and renewable energy credit programs. Solar Works breadth of experience means cost-effective clean energy projects delivered on-time and on-budget for their clients. Solar Works is a SunPower Premier Dealer with direct buying relationships with Schott Solar, Schuco and Suntech. For more information, please visit is external)About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power ( is external)) is an electric utility owned by Northern New England Energy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro, a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investment in Vermont. Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermonts population. It serves approximately 94,000 customers.last_img read more

Britain puts $10 million into study on long term effects of COVID-19

first_imgRead also: Delirium, depression, anxiety, PTSD: The less discussed effects of COVID-19The Department of Health said 10,000 people would take part in the study, which is being led by the University of Leicester and hospitals in the city.Lung and blood samples of the patients will be taken and they will also be assessed by advanced imaging, and the findings will be used to develop new forms of personalized treatment.Topics : Britain is putting 8.4 million pounds ($10.49 million) into a new study to examine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on patients, the health ministry said on Sunday.The novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has been observed to cause many health impacts for some patients beyond immediate respiratory issues, but with other infected people asymptomatic, the workings of the virus are not fully understood.”As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact the disease can have, not only on immediate health, but longer-term physical and mental health too,” health minister Matt Hancock said.last_img read more

RSL Art Union’s Gold Coast prize homes will make winner an instant property mogul

first_imgInside the beach house which is the first home to be won in the luxury line-up. The view from the penthouse of the Golden Treasure Palm Beach complex.Ms Butler said the draws were the richest prize pool to ever be offered. “Our biggest ever prize home, our Golden Treasure, is a $6 million entire apartment complex on the Gold Coast and that will be opening in a couple of weeks but customers can pre-order (tickets) already. “Last year’s draw was the biggest and that was $5 million … I imagine next year is going to be bigger and better again.” 165 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, is a $4.1 million beach house which is part of the RSL Art Union home lottery.The three-storey, four-bedroom beach house has an estimated rental return of almost $100,000 and comes complete with more than $150,000 worth of inclusions. The unit complex will be drawn on Christmas Eve and a tree with presents underneath will be part of the winnings. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe three separate draws include nine homes and $12 million worth of property. Tickets start at $5. An artist’s impression of the unit block which is worth $6.1 million. This view could be an everyday reality for just $5.A WINNER of the latest RSL Art Union draw will secure the keys to a Gold Coast penthouse, two townhouses and two apartments in the one block worth $6.1 million. It is part of a triple treat of draws, alongside a $4.1 million Palm Beach house and the interstate trifecta with an apartment in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane totalling $2.4 million. MORE NEWS: Rare beachside houses up for grabscenter_img The three-storey house is steps from the sand.RSL Art Union’s Sarah Butler said the home lottery gave everyone the chance to live the great Australian dream. “Our prizes are life changing on two fronts,” she said. “Not only does it go to the veterans and provide vital services including physical and mental rehabilitation, but it is also life changing for the winner.“A lot of our winners aspire to live in a house like this and it really does change their life when they win a multimillion-dollar property that’s fully furnished. “Our last draw sold out and our current draw is about to sell out so it’s really important that customers get in quick.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 The property comes fully furnished. MORE NEWS: Top five properties made for horse lovers last_img read more

Shelf completes rig deal with Diamond

first_imgOffshore driller Shelf Drilling has completed the purchase of the Ocean Scepter jack-up rig from Diamond Offshore. Shelf entered into a definitive agreement with Diamond to purchase the Ocean Scepter rig for $90 million in early July.Shelf informed on Friday, July 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary has completed the purchase and acceptance of the jack-up rig. Following the closure of this deal, Shelf’s total shallow water rig count increased from 39 rigs to 40 rigs.Shelf Drilling has financed the acquisition with proceeds from the Initial Public Offering (IPO) completed in June this year, and cash on hand.The rig has been renamed Shelf Drilling Scepter and is expected to be mobilized shortly from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on a dry tow carrier to the Middle East.The Ocean Scepter rig was built in 2008 and is of a KFELS Mod Super B design.last_img read more

Visiting Bears top Women of Troy

first_imgWind and unseasonably cool temperatures didn’t treat the No.13 USC women’s tennis team well, as the No. 9 Baylor Bears defeated the Women of Troy 5-2 Tuesday at Marks Stadium.The Bears (10-2) were USC’s third top-10 opponent in four matches and looked as good as advertised in their dual meet with the Women of Troy (8-5), capturing the doubles point and then rattling off three straight singles wins to clinch the victory.The Bears’ first doubles pair of Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova took advantage of a late break in the first doubles match of the day against freshman Valeria Pulido and junior Maria Sanchez to capture a quick 8-6 victory.After freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos hit the Bears back with an 8-5 victory at the second doubles slot, an intense battle at the final doubles pairing decided the doubles point.Throughout a back-and-forth match, senior Sarah Fansler and junior Lyndsay Kinstler were unable to get ahead of the Bears’ pair of Nina Secerbegovic and Jelena Stanivuk and eventually dropped the set 9-7.With the doubles point in hand, Baylor began taking care of the singles points, first with a victory in the sixth singles matchup, where Kinstler was unable to hang with Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak, losing 6-2, 6-3.After Lao and Pulido also dropped their singles matches, the Bears had clinched their victory, and the fifth singles match between Fansler and Stanivuk was stopped with Fansler up a set, giving the Women of Troy their first point of the match.No. 21 Ramos would end up dropping her three-set affair with Secerbegovic at the No. 2 singles position 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3, leaving only No. 3 Sanchez with a chance to claim a final point for USC.Sanchez came through for the Women of Troy, posting a tough three-set victory over Broosova, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5).The Women of Troy will next take to the courts against Arizona State this Saturday at noon in Tempe, Ariz.last_img read more