Cranksgiving is an annual bike ride/scavenger hunt/food drive, helping to feed the hungry on Thaksgiving for the past 15 years. And unlike other, much more notorious holiday food drives, this one does not involve drinking (until the afterparty, of course), carolling or the despoiling of sidewalks or stoops. Costumes are optional!
Collected food will be donated to the Bowery Mission, a fantastic NYC charity for the homeless. Their pantry shelves are pretty bare right now, so they need you more than ever!
Registration starts at 12:30pm and ends when the race begins at 2pm. Teams will get a list of items and will have a little time to strategize and plot their routes. Registration is free but expect to spend between $10-15 on food. And don’t forget a bag, a helmet and a lock!
That’s right- it’s the last Park Volunteer Day of the season, coming up next Saturday November 8 from 9am to 1pm.
Volunteers will be mulching beds, clearing weeds, finishing whatever fall plantings need to be done and generally handling all the tasks necessary so the Park is ready fro winter.
Pizza lunch will be provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to Daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.
Grid Edge Analytics: Advances in Big Data, Intelligent Software and Analytics Behind the Meter
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm), The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street, NYC
FREE live stream hosted by Greentech Media starting at 7:05pm.
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The next generation of behind-the-meter analytics goes well beyond providing consumers with detailed data on their energy use. Utilities are now able to take advantage of customer segmentation and profiling information to increase the effectiveness of demand response and energy efficiency programs. By leveraging intelligent software, utilities also gain better visibility into their customers’ responses to price signals, leading to optimized rate structures.
The early energy management market was a battle of the best-in-class hardware (e.g., displays, sensors, and thermostats), placing a strong emphasis on smart meters as an enabling technology. More recently there has been an increase in strategic partnerships. Blue-chip companies from the automation, security, solar, and telecom industries have taken notice and begun to gain market share with new solutions. This panel will examine the changing data analytics landscape behind-the-meter and discuss how companies have shifted their focus toward energy management.
The discussion is a featured event of Solar One and NYC ACRE’s cleantech panel discussion series, Clean Energy Connections in partnership with Greentech Media. Follow our ongoing online discussion at tagboard.com/CleanNRGx
6:30 – 7:00 – Registration & Networking
7:00 – 8:30 – Panel Discussion
8:30 – 9:00 – Reception
Omar Saadeh – Senior Analyst at GTM Research
Christopher Cavanagh – Principal Program Manager at National Grid
Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the Customer Strategy & Environmental group at National Grid and is responsible for developing strategies to expand National Grid’s US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid’s goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty seven years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and is a mentor in the CleanTech Open program. Mr. Cavanagh is graduate of Brooklyn Tech HS and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh is also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is also the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey if the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.
Nicholas Payton – Associate Director of Product Marketing and Strategy at Opower
Nick Payton directs marketing and strategy for emerging products at Opower, a leading providerof customer engagement software to energy utility companies. These efforts focus on Opower’s behavioral demand response and thermostat management platforms. Nick previously led market development and regulatory affairs for demand response, wholesale markets, and evaluation of Opower programs. Prior to Opower, he has served as a strategy consultant at the Analysis Group, an aide on a political campaign for U.S. Senate, and an analyst at a politically active law firm and government relations group. Nick graduated magna cum laude with degrees in political science and economics from Boston College.
Jun Shimada – Founder / CEO at ThinkEco
As one of the founders, Jun leads ThinkEco’s technology innovation & commercialization efforts, applying his experience to make the modlet super-smart and easy-to-use. Prior to ThinkEco, Jun was part of the original team at Vitae Pharmaceuticals as it received seed to Series B investments. At Vitae, he was the lead scientist behind its proprietary computational drug discovery platform. Jun received his BA, MA, and PhD from Harvard.
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The Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program offers local, regionally-based access to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs.
NYSERDA works with 27 Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) strategically located throughout New York State’s 10 regions to extend NYSERDA’s program outreach to commercial, institutional, municipal, industrial and residential customers. Sam i soine of them; he works at Solar One.
Tell me about your background.
I was born in Manhattan, attended Brooklyn Tech High School then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as a communications technician. I graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Urban Planning and am currently taking classes at CCNY towards a graduate degree in sustainability.
What was your childhood dream occupation?
I always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and open my own business. Since my folks were in the restaurant business and I was practically raised in them, I’ve always had an affinity for the food service industry. I also love to cook and am fascinated by the various techniques and flavors used around the world.
What inspired you to seek a career in the energy field? What drew you to the ROC position?
I’ve always had an appreciation for architecture and industrial design. After studying how people interact with the built environment I became aware of the inefficiencies involved in building construction, operation, and maintenance. Prior to joining Solar One, I helped small business owners with energy efficiency evaluations and retrofits. It was a most rewarding experience and I wanted to bring that approach to the community level.
What are the three best things about your work as an EDGE ROC?
It’s great to be part of an organization that is dedicated to promoting urban sustainability and education. I’m incredibly grateful to work in a career I’m passionate about and working alongside such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team makes it that much better.
Do you have an energy-related success story you wish to share?
Two of my favorite projects were St George’s Episcopal Church and Dosa Hutt, both in Flushing. Everyone at St George was such a pleasure to work with and they were so happy with the results, especially with the ambient quality of the LED lighting. The other project was Dosa Hutt. I never had South Indian vegetarian food before doing an energy evaluation for them but once I did I continued to eat there several times a week, every week. After about two months and numerous dosas (a crepe of sorts), we developed a more meaningful relationship and they decided to go ahead with the energy efficient retrofit.
What are some interesting things you have learned on the job that most people are unaware of?
I’ve learned that Queens is really the world’s melting pot and the food in this borough is fantastic.
What are your top three favorite things to do in NYC?
Rooftop barbecues, biking along the Hudson River and admiring NYC’s architecture (my favorite buildings are Grand Central Station and the Midtown Library)
If you had the opportunity to give one piece of advice to a large group of people what would it be?
I would offer them Baz Lurhmann’s “Sunscreen”.
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Skytime 2014 / Moon Rainbow is an ongoing series of collaborative Intermedia artworks conceived in 1982 by choreographer, filmmaker, and Intermedia pioneer, Elaine Summers. The project explores the collaborative process with emphasis on the interrelationship between art and technology. Summers’ SKY works have seen many incarnations, varying from site-specific multi-disciplinary performance events, to a web-based concept artwork (skytime.org) – all of which are based on the sky as the origin and continuum of time in the human experience.
For the history of this project, please visit: http://skytime.org/skytime_history.html
The project is made possible by the NYSCA Grant – Film & Media / New Tech Production.
Skytime 2014 / Moon Rainbow
7-9 pm, Sunday September 28, 2014
at Solar One: Stuyvesant Cove Park, 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East, NY, NY 10010 (East River near 23rd Street map)
Director: Elaine Summers
Choreographers: Elaine Summers, Kiori Kawai and Thomas Körtvélyessy
Dancers: Kiori Kawai, Thomas Körtvélyessy (via streaming from the Netherlands), Kanako Yokota and Logan Scharadin
Composers: Pauline Oliveros, Carman Moore, Ione
Musicians: Pauline Oliveros, Carman Moore, Ione, Marianna Rosett, Premik Russell Tubbs, Eli Fountain and more
Visual Artists: Raphaele Shirley, Aaron Sherwood, Richard Jochum
Documentation: Paula Court, Adolfo Estrada Vargas and more
Elaine Summers: She has worked in a variety of forms, including dance, experimental film, Intermedia, and the internet. After her groundbreaking first large-scale Intermedia concert Fantastic Gardens (1964) she founded the Experimental Intermedia Foundation and continued to produce work both nationally and internationally with her Elaine Summers Dance & Film Co. She originated the movement approach Kinetic Awareness® and in 1987 founded the Kinetic Awareness® Center.
In addition to creating new dance and Intermedia work, Summers works closely with Tanisha Jones, Director of the Moving Image Archive of the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts where her work is being archived.
For more information: http://merrydancing.tumblr.com, http://elainesummersdance.com, http://skytime.org,http://kineticawarenesscenter.org
Pauline Oliveros: Pauline Oliveros (1932) is a composer/ improviser/ and educator. She teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Arts Department. She is the Founder of Deep Listening®.
For more information: http://paulineoliveros.us
Pauline Oliveros will direct the performance of three of her scores from Anthology of Text Scores with more than thirty performers spread through the audience area at Solar1. First is In Consideration of the Earth for voices and instruments. Second is Rock Piece for pairs of resonant rocks, third is Environmental Dialogue for voices and instruments.
Ione: Ione is an author, playwright/director and improvising sound/text artist who performs internationally. Her works include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams and the recently released Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being – An Anthology of Women’s Mysteries. She is playwright and director of Njinga the Queen King (BAM’s Next Wave Festival) and the dance Opera e (Union Theatre, Madison, WI) and Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For Tunes (Lincoln Center Out of Doors). Her two experimental films are Venezia e L’egitto and Dreams of the Jungfrau. Ione and Pauline Oliveros are currently collaborating on The Nubian Word for Flowers, A Phantom Opera.
Ione will perform:
Water Above/ Sky Below;
Pauline Oliveros: Music, Harmonica
Ione: Text, vocals
Carman Moore: Recent Guggenheim and MacDowell Fellowship winner, was the composition student of Hall Overton, Vincent Persichetti and Luciano Berio at The Juilliard School. Moore has commissions and performances to his credit by the N.Y. Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Dayton Opera Company, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, among others. His multimedia MASS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY was commissioned by Lincoln Center and premiered outdoors in 1994 before audiences of thousands. Carman Moore has taught at the Yale University School of Music, Queens and Brooklyn Colleges, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Manhattanville College. He and the Skymusic Ensemble, once Artists in Residence at St. John the Divine Cathedral, performed his THINK IN A NEW WAY and FLOWING ROCK/STILL WATERS (joined by Kiori Kawai and Elaine Summers Dance) August 1st at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.
Recently Mr. Moore has co-created and toured with Danish singer Lotte Arnsbjerg the multi-media song cycle GIRL OF DIAMOND MOUNTAIN, a work concerned with the world-wide scourge of sexual child abuse. He is presently at work on TATA MADIBA honoring the late Nelson Mandela, which will be premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in February.
The 5-member Skymusic Ensemble conducted by Carman Moore will perform 3 works: POST-ROCK PEACE PIECE, which will morph out of Pauline Oliveros’ audience-generated ROCK PIECE with Ensemble’s percussive playing rising into an unusual kind of rock statement.
Also performed by the group will be Mr. Moore’s FLOWING ROCK/ STILL WATERS which received its world premiere performance recently at Lincoln Center with dance featuring Kiori Kawai.
On their third offering Moore will perform with pianist Marianna Rosett, woodwind specialist Premik Russell Tubbs, and percussionist Eli Fountain a piece honoring Elaine Summers’ life-long love of the sky and the waters called HEAVENLY BODIES.
Kiori Kawai: As an dance performer, Kiori has had the professional pleasure of working with Carman Moore, Elaine Summers Dance, Pauline Oliveros, Azule Dance Theatre, HT Chen Dance Company and many more. In 2011 Kiori co-founded Purring Tiger with Aaron Sherwood, an experimental multimedia installation and performance group. In a review, Ignite.me magazine said “Not only does their art challenge us…, but it’s also beautiful.” She has received grants and honorarium from Brooklyn Museum, Burning Man/Black Rock City LLC, Puffin Foundation Dance Grant, Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Kinetic Arts and Sciences.
For more information: http://kiorikawai.com
Kiori Kawai will choreograph and solo-perform with the installation, Archetype made by Aaron Sherwood. Also will direct and perform with three dancers in improvisatory setting.
Aaron Sherwood: He is a Brooklyn based new media artist exploring cause and effect through the mediums of sound and light. This takes the form of large scale audio/visual installations, sound sculptures, guerilla art interventions, and performance. His work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Google, Future of Storytelling conference, Scopitone Festival (France), Burning Man Arts Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal), Festival of Curiosity (Ireland), Currents New Media Festival, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and many more.
For more information: http://aaron-sherwood.com
Thomas Körtvélyessy: He is re-balancing dance as a way of life and as an artform for performance. An accomplished improviser, dance-artist, choreographer, and teacher, his works explore the various conditions of dance-making and happen in public space, site-specific locations, fringe venues, galleries and theaters. Support came in the past from the Rotterdam Arts Council, Emily Harvey Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Stichting Sanne, aisthesis foundation (stg. in oprichting), and Kinetic Arts and Sciences.
For more information: http://realdancecompany.org
Thomas Körtvélyessy will be participating from the Netherlands via live-stream through the internet, in the live-videography of Adolfo Estrada. The stream can be seen globally at http://realdancecompany.org/skytime2014streamingpage.html
Thomas will also contribute photos and videos of earlier dance events for Skytime2014, among others dance on the beach of Hoek van Holland and in Venice, Italy. For more information about the Dutch part of this concert visit http://hemellopers.blogspot.nl
Adolfo Estrada Vargas: He is a Mexican filmmaker based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He works in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, dancers and architects to develop audiovisual products that support the creators’ visions and message. Besides that he is busy with documentary and fiction projects to be produced in Latin America and Europe.
Raphaele Shirley: Raphaele is a French-American multi-media artist based in New York. Her practice ranges from light art, sound, public art, social interventions, collaborative works and performance. Addressing topics such as history, archeology, religion, cosmology and art history, Raphaele seeks to analyze these subject matters in a contemporary manner studying them through materials, form and technology. She takes archetypical and historical imagery and reinterprets them using elements such as neon, laser, water or LED, or common sculptural materials such as wood or plaster, revisiting their meaning in a present day context. Her temporary interventions and work has been shown in venues such as the Museum of Moving Image, S.R. Guggenheim, Chelsea Art Museum and Post Masters Gallery in New York, the NCCA Moscow, 2nd Moscow Biennial and the Hermitage St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Museum of Modern Art, Linz, Austria and Art Basel.
For more information: http://www.raphaeleshirley.com
“Moonbow for Elaine”, Video projection, Water mist. by Raphaele Shirley
Taking inspiration from pre-renaissance paintings and in particular those of Giotto, Raphaele recreates in a multi-media public installation, a fragment of a mystical painting focusing on the obscured background, the distant minimal landscape. Generating a contemporary, yet timeless sculptural painting, Raphaele blends the elements of time, light space and nature, quietly echoing the natural phenomena of a “moonbow”, a rainbow created by the light of a moon on a misty night, and brings it to the water front, in the heart of New York City, immersed in Stuyvesant Cove/ Solar One’s garden.
Richard Jochum: “Airplanes for Elaine” is a site-specific installation with a table, chairs, and participants constructing paper planes, kites, and flying objects, which will be launched at SolarOne and projected onto the performance site and the East River. The flying objects will be partially equipped with sensors and LEDs.
Airplanes for Elaine honors the imaginative, inspirational and visionary Elaine Summers, who continues to make her mark across spaces and time.
This contribution to Skytime 2014 is organized by Richard Jochum (Austria), media artist and educator, and undertaken in collaboration with Deren Sibel Guler (Turkey/USA), tangible interaction designer, and Lise Kjaer (Denmark), artist and art historian.
For more information: http://richardjochum.net/, http://cranked-out.me/, http://lisekjaer.tumblr.com/
How can I make my heating system quieter? Reduce my bills? Eliminate drafts? Stop smelling foul smells from my neighbors?
In this educational evening, you will learn some basic building science and solutions to your heat and comfort problems, techniques for working with your building residents, and state monies available to help make everything work better.
1359 Broadway bet 36th and 37th Sts
Attend as our guest for FREE by using the discount code “Solar1″ when you register here.
On Sunday September 21, you can be part of what looks likely be the biggest march for climate justice EVER.
The March will kick off Climate Week in NYC, as world leaders converge on the UN to try, once again, to craft a global response to the climate crisis. The March begins at Columbus Circle at 11:30am (groups will be assembling on Central Park West between 59th and 86th Sts) and will proceed east on 59th Street to 6th Ave, south on 6th Ave to 42nd St, and west on 42nd St to 11th Ave. You can find full details and sign up here.
Organizers 350.org is calling for this March to be the biggest, the most beautiful and the most impactful demand for a serious plan for the global environment. Don’t miss it!
Poster by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
After more than a century of thinking in a certain way about electricity and how it is delivered and sold, things are changing. Every day seems to herald a new milestone in renewable energy, and in distributed generation in particular. The role and leverage of the utilities seems like its about to undergo a fundamental change, and in New York State, the NY Sun Initiative is poised to invest never-before-seen sums into expanding the use of solar power through community solar initiatives and microgrid projects.
As Climate Week kicks off in NYC, Solar One and NYC-ACRE bring back the Clean Energy Connections panel series with a discussion of the next steps for the utility business model and what kind of changes we might see in the years to come.
The panel includes energy superstars and policymakers such as Jigar Shah, Audrey Zibelman, Sergej Mahnovski, Stephen Lacey and Katherine Hamilton.
Tickets are going fast, and are available here, so get yours today!
The Utility Business Model: Evolution or Revolution?
Monday, September 22, 2014
The Greene Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street at Varick Street
Come to Solar One for your last chance to try fishing in the East River until next summer! Our friends at Lower East Side Ecology Center will be bringing over everything you’ll need to learn to bait, cast, reel in and unhook a fish. Whatever we catch will be ion display in a tank until the end of the event, so kids and adults can check them out up close. In past years, we’ve caught bluefish, bass and a crab.
Event starts at 11am and goes until 1pm, and kids of all ages are invited. RSVP to daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.
While fewer new electricity generation projects came online in 2014 than in 2013, there’s been a major shift in which new projects are actually coming to fruition. Solar, wind and geothermal outpaced coal and natural gas by so much, you can hardly consider it a contest. And this is not just pr boasting or anecdotal- it’s been confirmed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
As you can see from the chart, new natural gas capacity declined by two thirds compared to 2013, and coal declined by 100%- no new coal generating plants came online in 2014. Nuclear stayed flat at 0%. And while solar and wind didn’t increase as much as last year, new solar capacity only declined by 5%, and new wind capacity by 27%. And geothermal was the only technology to add new capacity in 2014, with four new plants coming online in 2014.
Thanks to Phil Radford for posting this on the Clean EC LinkedIn discussion page, which you can join here. You can read his analysis here.
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