June 5, 2015 |
J.R. SMITH ignored the No. 1 rule of social media: Think before you post. Yesterday, a day before appearing in the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers guard took a shot at Caitlyn Jenner - formerly known as Bruce - by reposting an Instagram comment originally posted by rapper Snoop Dogg. The message started out nice enough, praising hip-hop artist Akon for his humanitarian efforts in Africa. But it then turned ugly. "Shout out to Akon! He is about to supply 600 million africans with solar power," reads the post.
June 4, 2015 |
Gary and Patricia Marino of Franklin Township have seemingly developed a "dive-in" approach to business - perhaps fitting for a couple who also go by Mr. and Mrs. Penguin. With no relevant experience, the Marinos decided on a whim in the spring of 1995 to buy a struggling roadside ice cream stand on Route 40 in their rural hometown. They renamed it the Purple Penguin and added a full menu, including cheesesteaks and hot dogs. People "thought we were nuts," Patricia Marino, 61, said this week inside the Gloucester County shop.
May 19, 2015 |
Tesla, best known for sleek electric cars, is turning the energy industry on its head with news of a battery that stores solar energy. The potential breakthrough solution for accessing solar power after sunset is a welcome step toward reducing human dependence on polluting fossil fuels. The home battery, expected to go into production this year, will sell for up to $3,500 a unit, not including installation or an inverter to convert the battery's direct current to alternating current.
April 24, 2015 |
The date for the groundbreaking was set - Earth Day. It was a fitting holiday to start a solar-panel project that developers say will make a high school in Chester County among the first in the country to run almost entirely on solar power. The goal, developers say, is to make the Coatesville Area School District the most sustainable, energy-efficient school district in Pennsylvania. The plan to install 21,000 solar panels to produce 6.2 megawatts of power would be one of the largest solar projects in the state.
April 23, 2015 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden came to Philadelphia on a PECO power play yesterday, touring the utility's local offices in Center City and making a plea for a major, expensive overhaul of America's energy infrastructure. Little more than a stone's throw from the East Coast's largest oil refinery - which in 2012 was saved, along with about 850 union jobs, by a flood of fracked oil from North Dakota - Biden talked up the potential for even more hiring. "These are middle-class jobs, jobs that used to exist at the turn of the 20th century in the steel industry, in the automobile industry," the vice president told about 150 people at PECO Energy headquarters.
September 17, 2014 |
A wooded swath between subdivisions and a school in western Chester County could soon claim a renewable-energy first. Thousands of solar panels planned for the property will churn enough power to run Coatesville Area High School. The developer says it will likely be the only school in the country to run entirely on solar power, albeit with a little help on cloudy days. But the project has drawn fire from unlikely foes: environmentalists. Their concern - clearing forest in the name of innovation - pits one green interest against another, and raises a question that has complicated other projects nationwide: What is more valuable, solar power or the trees that block it?
November 18, 2013 |
The 19th-century house blends naturally with the rest of the Germantown block, mostly well-maintained red-brick rowhouses and mansard-roof twins, though a few properties with chipped paint, structural problems, and untended yards detract from the scene. But this 2,200-square-foot West Duval Street dwelling has one distinctive feature: 12 solar panels. The Fernandez-Sheinbaum family added the alternative-energy system in May 2011, more than four years after buying the house. The system turns on when the sun is out, said Odamis Fernandez-Sheinbaum.
November 5, 2013
An article in Monday's Inquirer about the Philadelphia Classical School included an incorrect reference to Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first secretary of the treasury and the face on the $10 bill. Sunday's Real Estate section included an incorrect figure for the percentage of total U.S. energy produced that comes from solar power. In 2012, solar power accounted for 0.11 percent of all energy produced, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A photograph caption in Sunday's Business section stated incorrectly the reason Nancy Becker expects to qualify for a health-insurance subsidy under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Her earnings from work are under 400 percent of the federal poverty level, which makes her eligible for the subsidy.
November 4, 2013 |
If, as Brian F. Keane maintains, Americans' buying decisions are motivated by (a) I want and (b) I need , where does solar power fit in? Keane, president of SmartPower, a national nonprofit organization that creates community programs for energy efficiency and clean energy, says 80 percent of Americans want solar power, but only 3 percent obtain it. "That's because we don't think we need it, because our houses and offices already come...
July 23, 2013
By Anthony Figliola New Jersey Gov. Christie has come under intense criticism for his agnosticism on climate change. However, it's important to note that he is a national leader on other environmental causes. In 2009, leading environmental groups in New Jersey backed Christie over incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. The New Jersey Environmental Federation noted that "Christie has laid out by far the most impressive green agenda," and that "he consistently expressed a strong commitment to the environment.