Solar-wind hybrid project gets go-ahead in Minnesota

first_imgSolar-wind hybrid project gets go-ahead in Minnesota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享DL Online:After two unsuccessful tries, it’s full steam ahead for a solar-wind hybrid project in Otter Tail County.Juhl Energy will break ground this month in Trondhjem Township on what it called one of the first commercially integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation projects in the U.S. The project will use a single General Electric wind turbine, supported by .5 megawatt of photovoltaic solar panels. The wind and solar are combined through GE’s Wind Integrated Solar Energy technology platform.Lake Region Electric Cooperative of Pelican Rapids will purchase the electric output of the project, incurring no debt and with little risk in the construction or operation of the project. Juhl Energy will finance construct, operate, and maintain the facility.Energy produced will be distributed over local co-op power lines from a single rural substation and will go to Lake Region members. The energy, transmission and capacity cost savings from the project will help provide rate stability for the entire cooperative membership, [said Tim Thompson, CEO of Lake Region Electric Cooperative.]The project will be owned by a subsidiary of Juhl Energy that includes a number of investors from across Minnesota and the Midwest. The construction general contractor is Faith Technologies, a Wisconsin-based firm that has experience working on clean energy projects. The project’s renewable energy certificates are being sold separately to a third party helping to sponsor the project.More: Third time’s a charm for wind-solar project in Otter Tail Countylast_img read more

Great recognition of the profession: Croatian tourist guides admitted to the World Federation of Tourist Guides

first_imgAfter a lot of work in Croatia that was recognized by colleagues at the world level,  Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) became a “Full Member”  or a full member of the World Federation of Tourist Guides (WFTGA) which brings together national tourist guide associations in over 80 countries and represents over 150 tour guides worldwide. It is important to emphasize that he is also a WFTGA, partner and associate member of the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) and UNESCO. President of ZDTVH Kristina Nuić Prka emphasized the importance of admission to WFTGA membership in the promotion of Croatia in the tourism profession  emphasizing that this is not a goal but a continuation of the struggle for rights  Croatian tourist guides within the European norm imposed on the profession and association with colleagues from other countries of rich cultural heritage. “Following the imposed norms  Foreign tourist guides can, on the basis of requests for temporary and occasional activities, the frequency of which cannot be controlled, guide and present Croatia to tourists without education, and the same is true.  exempted only in areas of protected localities. What is the area of ​​a protected site and what are the criteria for determining them, is unclear and depends solely on the interpretation of the European Commission, which wants to put as few sites as possible on this list. the country’s reputation and the large number of tourists represent our country, its cultural heritage,  history, people and tradition. ” points out Nuić Prka and adds that they have already applied to host the Convention WFTGA 2021, which would be a really great promotion for our country in the tourism profession at the global level.  The Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) was founded in 2005 and brings together 19 tourist guide associations from all regions of Croatia, and currently ZDTVH represents about 2000 tourist guides in Croatia.Kristina Nuić Prka: TOURIST GUIDES ARE AMBASSADORS OF OUR COUNTRYPhoto: ZDTVHAnd if  tourist guides  have a very significant role, if not one of the key ones,  in overall tourism, they are still underestimated, especially in the context of the development and promotion of tourist destinations. “Tourist guides are an indispensable segment in destination management and promotion. Every good travel agency will ask and consult a guide what to do and when. ”Points out Nuić Prka. We have to care about our overall performance and what story we tell tourists about ourselves. We must not allow our history, culture and way of life, identity to be misinterpreted and misinterpreted. That’s why it’s also important to use licensed tour guides. Of course, in order to reduce costs, some agencies do not use licensed tourist guides, but they are not aware of how over-complex tourism is and how the tourist product is made up of all participants, not individuals. If we perform poorly, we all lose in the long run, there is less tourist spending and a shorter tourist season. “Being a guide is an honor. It is an honor to be in a situation where you have the opportunity to bring individuals and groups from all over the world closer to their history, rich cultural heritage, sense of national identity, religion, language and the freedom we are so proud of. Because who can better show a stranger the spirit of our people, tell him about defiance and pride, which is innate in all of us, heroes, resourcefulness, wisdom from antiquities, faith, old customs, legends and folklore – from our people? We are not just narrators of history. We are ambassadors of our country, our region, our city, our culture, language and customs. It depends on us with what image of Croatia and us as a nation, tourists will go home. I also emphasize that the cultural heritage preserves the national identity of the country so as not to drown in European globalization. ” concludes Nuić Prka and emphasizes that cultural heritage represents our entire national corpus and we must do everything in our power to preserve it.More information about the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) can be found on their website official website.last_img read more

East Central FFA shines in forestry competition

first_imgPhoto Back row (Left to Right): Maria Hartman, Madison McAdams, Heath Doll, Ross Altum, Madison Shumate Front Row (Left to Right): Grace Kraus, Rachel Kraus, Amelia Hartman, Alex DudleyOsgood, In. — Recently members of the East Central FFA Chapter competed in the Area 1 Forestry Career Development Event at South Ripley High School.Contestants had to use their skills in forestry to complete an exam and identify different species of trees by their leaves, seeds, and wood samples.The East Central team of Madison Shumate, Amelia Hartmen, Alex Dudley and Heath Doll placed 4th.The 4th place Senior FFA team will compete at the state contest on December 8.The junior team that competed placed 3rd. The junior team consisted of Lydia Kidd, Bradley Kolb, and Evan Kuhn.last_img read more