Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Clifton Hotel is the First Hotel in South Beach to Install a Solar Powered System

The Solar Photovoltaic System is a 14,580 Watt Fixed-Tilt 150 mph Hurricane Proof System installed by VES. This system is a local engineering feat as it is a low penetration and a tilted system. All commercial flat roof systems being installed in the region are installed flat in order to meet the 150 mph Hurricane code requirements. If VES had installed a flat system at this site, it would have required over 300 roof penetrations. VES installed this system with less than 10% of these penetrations. The system is also a Fixed-Tilt system at 10 Degrees. This helps in improving the system's overall production. VES also installed 3 inverters, 1 for each row of panels to help mitigate any effects of shading. This also keeps the system producing if there is a problem with one of the inverters. If one inverter goes down for some reason, the other two will continue to produce power and continue to replace fossil fuel generated electricity.

The Clifton Hotel is a LEED Project that will be the first LEED Certified Hotel in South Florida. They are going for the highest designation -- LEED Platinum.

Clifton Hotel South Beach

Monday, June 7, 2010

Better energy solutions

June 7, 2010

While the Gulf Coast oil disaster unfolds before us, Congress is considering a bailout for the oil industry. The Senate will soon take up a resolution to undermine the Clean Air Act — the law that protects the air we breathe and the water we drink.

The "Dirty Air Act" was crafted behind closed doors with lobbyists who represent oil companies, and it would roll back decades of progress we've made to reduce air pollution from dirty fossil fuels.

As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, one of my urgent priorities is to reduce America's dependence on oil. This is something I have personal experience with when I protected the Kawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal and the Al Basra Oil Termina during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. It was there that the USS Cole-type attack took the lives of several sailors and the first Coast Guardsman to die in combat since the Vietnam War.

We spend a billion dollars a day to buy oil from abroad, and that endangers our national security. The last thing we should be doing is another giveaway to the big oil companies.

Our leaders in Washington need to know there's a better way. The time for talk and half-measures is over. The Senate is considering comprehensive legislation to invest in clean energy and help end our reliance on fossil fuels. Our leaders need to reject the Dirty Air Act. And it's time for them to support policies that will lead us to a better energy future.

Russell Otway, Veterans Energy Solutions, LLC, Opa Locka

A 25kW Industrial Solar PV Install by VES for Niagara Bottling LLC

A 25kW Industrial Solar System installed for Niagara Bottling. Niagara bottles water for its Niagara label found in places like Lowes. They also do private bottle labeling for the likes of Kirkland, Publix, Winn Dixie, etc. Client was very pleased with the neat install. They said: "This is the neatest install I've ever seen!"

A 5kW Solar Project in Southwest Miami Dade

A 5kW Solar Project in Southwest Miami Dade we recently completed for a Professor at FIU.