Solar facility begins operating at closed coal plant in Ontario FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mining.com:The former Nanticoke Generating Station site, located on the northern shore of Lake Erie, has been transformed into a 44-megawatt clean energy facility that hosts 192,431 solar panels across 260 acres.The project has just been completed by PCL Construction, a company that was commissioned to design, engineer and build it, as well as supply the photovoltaic solar panels and racking system. Behind the idea and funding are Ontario Power Generation, the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.The opening of the solar facility coincides with the one-year anniversary of the demolition of the Nanticoke 650-feet smokestacks. It has also been almost five years since the station burned its last piece of coal.In its heyday, the Nanticoke Generating Station was the largest coal-fired plant in North America, providing 15% of Ontario’s electricity. After serving the province for more than 40 years, it stopped using coal as fuel in 2013. Two years later, the site was safely closed while the switchyards, operated by Hydro One Networks, remain in operation as a significant hub for the electricity grid in the southwestern part of the region.Since 2014, Ontario Power Generation stopped using coal to generate electricity in Canada’s most populous province, a move that resulted in the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.More: Former coal-fired power plant in Ontario becomes solar facility
The Free Fly Apparel long sleeve and quater-zip. My experience with bamboo has been fairly limited during my lifetime. I’ve attended jungle themed frat parties, seen a panda munch on some at the zoo, and (carefully) handled a split cane bamboo fly rod. There is something supremely satisfying about holding a stalk of bamboo, especially if you are a kid, the section is a few feet long, and your friends are around. But besides whacking your buddies, bamboo has tremendous practical uses as a building material, wind block, and textile. Some skate and snowboard manufacturers are using bamboo in their decks because of its flexibility and spring, and in Malaysia it’s used as a cannon for fireworks. Recently, especially in its native Southeast Asia, there has been a renewed interest in using it as a structural material for large buildings. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, making it a fairly sustainable resource.And at least one fly fishing-centric apparel company is making it the basis for their clothing: Free Fly Apparel based out of Charleston, South Carolina. Following two years research on materials and fabrics, Free Fly founder Tanner Sutton landed on the solution to his beef with performance clothing – performance sacrificed comfort, comfort sacrificed performance. What they landed on is a blend of Viscose from bamboo and polyester, with a little spandex thrown in for good measure. The result is a line of casual performance apparel that remains baby soft while sacrificing nothing.The first thing you notice when handling or wearing a Free Fly shirt is how soft the material is. Imagine the pain and sting of getting whacked with a long piece of bamboo by a pre-teen who can’t control his strength – this is the exact opposite of that. We’re talking baby peach fuzz, kitten fur, bottomless pit of goose down soft. Free Fly hypes their product as the “softest performance shirts imaginable,” and although that is quite the statement, I’m not sure they’re wrong. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The bamboo blend is also breathable, anti-bacterial (limits smelliness), and biodegradable. This is all great stuff, but the real appeal is the feeling of the fabric against the skin, which makes one feel all warm and gooey inside. Put one of these on after it comes out of the dryer and you might melt it feels so good.Free Fly makes t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, Buff-like sun masks, socks, and quarter-zip pullovers out of their unique fabric. The long sleeve work for all seasons, but excels at keeping anglers cool and protected from the sun during the heat of summer. We tested the quarter-zip, which is an excellent all-around mid-layer for anything from chilly mornings on the river to cool mountain evenings around a campfire. Again, so soft on the inside you’ll never want to take it off. As a bonus, Free Fly has designed their apparel with offset seams at the shoulders; a great feature that limits any rubbing or chaffing if you’re wearing a backpack or messenger bag.Bottom line: these guys are all about comfort and it shows.Check out Free Fly’s full line of products here.
Prepared by FFWPU USAOver 70 people including Blessed Culture and Sports Festival (BCSF) participants held a two-part Peace Road event at Barrytown, New York on August 12 and 13, kicking off this year’s Peace Road tour in America. For the first time, Peace Road and BCSF co-sponsored a race, with young Unificationists as well as guests participating in a mud run and 5k run to ignite hope that we can achieve a peaceful world and to promote the dream of one Global Family through connection and communication fostered by the international peace road events.This Peace Road event marked the first of six Peace Road events across the nation, with FFWPU Vice President Rev. Mari Curry present as the Peace Road representative. In the midst of BCSF, where the participants learned to appreciate their cultures through sports, music, art, and various other activities, they took the time to appreciate the physical coming together of the world through Peace Road.Peace Road comes from True Parent’s idea of a “Peace Road” or an international highway that physically connects all people of the world together. If people could meet each other in daily life, through culture, trade, and travel, they would come to break down the historic fears and misunderstandings that often divide us from our closest neighbors.In an address at the United Nations in Geneva he said: “This tunnel can help make the world a single community at last…Think of how much money the world is wasting on war. The time has come for nations to work together, pool their resources and, as the prophet Isaiah taught, beat our swords into plowshares and pruning hooks.”The annual Peace Road tour is keeping that vision of peace alive by traveling as much of the Peace Road as possible each year.This path brings us to Barrytown on a beautiful Saturday afternoon where approximately 50 young Unificationists and guests gathered for a mud run spanning roughly 3.5 miles across the Unification Theological Seminary campus. As they ran along True Father’s trail, through woodland, hills, and mud, the young people challenged their physical and spiritual limits while symbolically taking the spiritual path of their elders. The mud run concluded with a giant wall climb, which roughly half of the mud runners successfully traversed.The following day, 20 people participated in a 5K peace run. Prior to the participants’ five kilometer run for peace, Roland Platt, the Director of Generation Peace Academy who has personally participated in Peace Road many times, provided a special message to the youth on the significance of Peace Road and its derivation in True Parents’ vision for an international highway of peace.Through connecting nations of the world in a peaceful relay race it hopes to allow for resolution of conflicts and build a sense of community across all nations and boundaries. By running together we stand in solidarity with the desire and efforts for building peace. We represent the crossing of borders and the need for us all to work together to create this world of peace.If you are interested in participating in a Peace Road event, contact the local pastor in the following locations: Maryland, California, Hawaii, and Oregon.