Vermont Guard solar project completed

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, the Vermont National Guard commander, today marked the completion of one of the largest solar installations in Vermont and one of the largest solar projects on any National Guard base in the country.  The chairman of the Senate Green Jobs Subcommittee, Sanders helped secure $8.5 million to make the base here one of the greenest in the United States and a model for other guard installations around the country. ‘I am very appreciative and proud of what General Dubie and the Vermont National Guard have accomplished in constructing this solar project.  The U.S. military is the largest consumer of energy in the world, and the Vermont National Guard is now playing a significant role in becoming a model for the Department of Defense as it moves toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy,’ Sanders said. The project will help reduce reliance on foreign oil, help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help the economy by creating jobs and saving taxpayers’ money, Sanders said.  This project will produce 1.5 megawatts of clean energy, save the Vermont National Guard nearly $250,000 per year in energy costs, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the base by about 236 tons per year.  From an energy independence standpoint, the Defense Department has set an aggressive target of meeting 25 percent of its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2025, a goal the Vermont solar project will help achieve. The military today spends billions a year on energy and transportation fuel costs. From the vantage point of the environment and climate change, the Pentagon has been a strong voice in recognizing the need to address global warming.  Military analysts recognize that climate change could aggravate instability around the world and drain military resources in the event of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. With regard to jobs and the economy, the solar industry workforce has more than doubled since 2009, growing from 46,000 workers to more than over 100,000 today. At the same time, the price of solar installations continues to drop, by nearly 20 percent last year alone. SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 1 ‘last_img read more

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Cubs’ Ian Happ very unhappy he didn’t make opening-day roster

first_imgDespite his rough year and a .135 batting average in spring training, Happ was not pleased with the decision.”He’s not happy and he shouldn’t be happy,” manager Joe Maddon told reporters, via The Athletic. “He was surprised.” Related News Happ was apparently quite unhappy w decision. “He’s not happy & he shouldn’t be happy. He was surprised.” Asked if he calmed down by end of convo, “That’s pretty personal, I don’t want to share that. He wasn’t happy. We didn’t want it to be that and we did not expect that.”— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 23, 2019Happ will start his year at Triple-A Iowa where he batted .298 with nine home runs in 26 games before being called up to Chicago in 2017. In one of the more surprising moves of the day the Cubs sent Ian Happ down to Triple-A.Happ had a very good rookie year two seasons ago with Chicago, but struggled to the tune of a .233 batting average with 167 strikeouts in 387 at-bats in 2018. Jon Lester knows he can still compete at 35: ‘Why not? I’m not dead’center_img Maddon would not address exactly how Happ was displeased and kept those details to himself.”That’s pretty personal, I don’t want to share that,” the manager said. “He wasn’t happy. We didn’t want it to be that and we did not expect that.” Do dollar signs point to possible Kris Bryant extension? ‘Everybody has money. We’re not stupid’last_img read more

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