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Customer Testimonial – Millstone Twp, New Jersey [Video]

This is a Customer Testimonial of a Home Solar Installation in Millstone Twp, NJ completed by EcoMen Solar. The install took place in 2014.For more installation photos please check out:https://ecomensolar.com/project/home-solar-millstone-twp-nj/Going solar should be easy but you need to have an accurate proposal and a quality installation to receive the value. Having spent more than 40 years in construction and 12 in solar, we’ve accrued extensive experience. With EcoMen, you can expect quality, consistency, and reliability on projects of all sizes and complexity.Call EcoMen Solar, your local, family owned solar company to get the results you deserve.732-SOLAR-NJhttps://ecomensolar.com

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Nature

How to Do Florida: Coral Reef Snorkeling in the Keys [Video]

Just off the Florida Keys you’ll find the Florida Reef the only living coral barrier reef in the United States, and the third-largest in the world. Home to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the reef hosts more than 6,000 aquatic species. Snorkeling on Looe Key’s shallow green-blue waters doesn’t require any special equipment or training, and you’ll leave a different person from who you were coming in.

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Energy

What Barney Bental learned from making an instrumental album with Geoffrey Kelly [Video]

Its a special album that can be great listening material for both your Sunday morning coffee and your late night glass of wine. Singer-songwriter Barney Bentall thinks the album RanchWriters hes put together with Geoffrey Kelly hits the nail on the head. He even has agreement from his wife, Kath. Its a record where shell [say], Oh, put on that record!, he said, laughing. I dont know that she normally does that for my records! Just from start to finish you go on a complete journey with it. Writing tunes with the former Spirit of The West band member was a natural part of a 40-year friendship rooted in music and acting. Its a combination of acting school with John (Mann, lead singer with SOTW) and my wife, Kath, and Geoffreys wife. And then theres music through all those years, he explained. So they would often come up to [the ranch in the interior B.C.] to visit. Geoffrey and I would sit in the corner and just start playing these songs. It was extremely hypnotic. Geoffrey was working in an open tuning he learned from [Scottish] singer-songwriter Jackie Leven. Theres something great about open tunings. It sort of frees your brain and rather than thinking youre going down the same chord progression, you start putting your fingers on the fingerboard and interesting voicings come out. There was no agenda or big plan for these tunes, Barney said. But then he got a call from John Raham, the engineer/producer from his last album. He was going up to record Jason and Pharis Romero for a Smithsonian record on banjo, he said. Were sort of in the same area of B.C. This was during COVID, and John and his partner were happy to get out of Vancouver. I said, You could do an add-on, and well record this record in three days. So we did. We set up in one of the old ranch houses. Its an old log building, and we made a record. Additional sweetening was supplied by musical friends across the country through the magic of technology. Were so happy with the way it turned out, Barney said. Listening to that record, I can completely, in the best sense, sort of zone-out, just let the music wash over me. The blending of guitars in standard and open tunings creates a unique sound, which for Barney, brings to mind a special element of the vocal sound of The Mamas and the Papas in the 60s. I always loved the line that when things really clicked when they were singing, all of a sudden the other voice would come in, he said. It feels a bit akin to that, where what happens between the two guitars, its almost as if another players in there. Neither of us are what you would call virtuoso guitar players. If you just listen to my parts in standard tuning, youd go, What is that? But Im just doing whatever feels good on top of Geoffrey. It was just feel-based. For an artist whos built his career as a songwriter, putting together an album of instrumentals wasnt quite the challenge some people might assume it to be. Id have to say, its easier than one with lyrics in some ways, Barney explained. [The tunes] ended up being a bit like bluegrass songs, in that wed be so happy if a tune was longer than three minutes! You just have to have an A part and a B part, sometimes a C part. It became very easy [to say], Oh, this could be cool right here, lets add this here and go to the next part here. I can tell you as a songwriter, writing lyrics you feel communicate what you want without saying too much, with the right sound of the words and cadence and all that stuff, is a big part of it. To be free of that for this project was so good for the head. Many of the tunes get their titles from the Cariboo/Chilcotin region where Barney has his ranch. Its beauty is shown off in the video for the tune, Bonaparte Plateau. I feel very fortunate, he said. Thats my commute back and forth from where I live on Bowen Island and where I live in the interior. Its spectacular. Its a calming, sort of meditating, thing to look at. Its very poignant because we did that in the spring, and everything looks so fresh after the winter. Of course, now in that area theres so many fires, so its a very bittersweet thing. But its beautiful to see, I encourage everybody to look at it. It will help your mental state, put it that way, by watching and listenin. While Barneys ranch is safe at the moment, he knows many neighbours are dealing with very different circumstances. Where I am, theres fires on all four sides, he explained. Were OK right now, but theres a lot of people I know that are not. If you have blue skies, sometimes you can see a cumulus cloud plume of smoke like somethings erupting. These things go up 25-30,000 feet and its like looking at a nuclear blast. It just frays your nerves because you dont know whats going to become of it. Or theres times when you just cant see anything because of smoke. Id say everybodys nerves are frayed. Its a tough thing to cope with. The release of RanchWriters with Geoffrey Kelly adds to Barneys roster of projects, which includes his first successful band, The Legendary Hearts, along with Bentall Taylor Ulrich featuring Tom Taylor and Shari Ulrich and the High Bar Gang. And throw grandchildren in there and hobby farming, he said laughing. I like to work and keep myself busy. Believe me, I love nothing better than playing with [The Legendary Hearts]. Theyre like family to me. Some of the members of that are in the High Bar Gang. Theres a real musical community we have over here. []

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Solar Videos Sustainability

SunPower 370W Performance 3 Vs 395W Maxeon 3 [Video]

SunPower is one of the leading solar panel producers in the world – and has been in business for more than 35 years. In that time – SunPower has procured over 3.5 billion solar cells, 35 million solar panels, and a panel return rate of 0.005%.In this video – we will be looking at an in-depth review of the SunPower 370W Performance 3 Vs the 395W Maxeon 3First, the 370W Performance 3 Panel. In comparison to its predecessors and other solar panels, it is a completely black solar panel – which will give a seamless look on top of your home. It’s beautiful, elegant, and most importantly – will absorb a huge amount of sunlight.It has a product warranty of 25 years – which is a remarkable pursuit, as other solar panel manufacturers would only have a warranty of 10 to 15 years on their panels, if not less. This shows how much SunPower believes in the durability of the 370W Performance 3.On top of that – there is a performance warranty for the 370W Performance 3 as well. It’s performance warranty is at 87.2% – which means that even after the 25 year product warranty, it will still achieve at least 87.2% of it’s maximum efficiency. You’ll be getting the most out of the panel, and the most out of the energy it will transform for you.The 370W Performance 3 also has “shingled cells.” This is a patented technology from SunPower.The shingled cells allows you to still absorb sunlight even if one or more portions of the panels are covered in shade or low-light situations. This means that even if some parts of panels are covered by anything – it will still produce you a tremendous amount of power.Secondly, the 395W Maxeon 3. The Maxeon 3 have the same solar cells as those used by NASA on their spacecraft and space stations. It has the highest quality of solar cells on the market – and the panels themselves are protected by the very same 25-year product warranty that the Performance 3 panel has. In terms of durability and flexibility – SunPower also has the patented technology of using copper backing for their solar cells. Regular solar cells on the market are brittle and are very easily broken. The Maxeon 3 solar cells are flexible, durable – and will last longer than traditional solar cells on the market.Furthermore, there is a performance warranty on the Maxeon 3 panels as well. The performance warranty garners 92% efficiency, which means that after the 25-year warranty, the panel is guaranteed to be at 92% absorption efficiency. Again, you’ll be getting the absolute most out of any SunPower panel – but even more so with the Maxeon 3.The Maxeon 3 also has an integrated Enphase Inverter. Integrated Enphase Inverters prevent the loss of power from a singular solar panel being caught in shade or low light situations – which allows for the whole system to still flourish even during low-light seasons or within shaded areas. In essence, there is an inverter for every panel, which means that the transition from DC (Direct Current) power to AC (Alternative Current) power is at the highest efficiency.If you’re looking for great, highly efficient and durable solar panels – the Maxeon 3 and the Performance 3 will give all three of those attributes in spades. If you’re also looking for great warranties – the Maxeon 3 and Performance 3 both have a 25-year product warranty as well.Until next time!