Amazon, Installing Biggest Solar Array in New Jersey, Advances on Its Renewables Target FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Amazon is not fooling around when it comes to renewable energy. The company’s web services division has set a mandate to move to 100% renewable energy, a goal that it shares with fellow technology giants Apple, ebay, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. But the parent company has not been idle either, and in May Amazon announced that it would install up to 41 MW of solar on 15 fulfillment centers by the end of the year.Yesterday the company announced that one of these installations has come online, which also happens to be the largest rooftop PV plants in the state of New Jersey. Roughly 20,000 Hanwha Q-Cells PV modules are mounted on Panel Claw Polar Bear III racking on the roof of an Amazon warehouse in Carteret, New Jersey, across the water from Staten Island, for a total of 4.98 MW-AC.Sol Systems developed, built and financed the project, which is now owned by IGS, which in turn sells the electricity generated to Amazon for a combination of on-site usage and net metering, and began producing electricity earlier this month.Amazon was the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the United States in 2016, but most of this was wind. In April the company filed an legal brief supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s continued implementation of the Clean Power Plan, which the Trump Administration has moved to either abandon or make meaningless.Amazon puts online New Jersey’s largest rooftop solar installation
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is just that, a reunion—a gathering of musicians from many genres of American music. Twenty crowded stages were scattered around downtown Bristol, packed at all times it seemed. Every corner I turned was full of beautiful music and amazing smells from the food vendors. Set up along State Street and Lee Street, vendors of all kinds were selling handmade goods, clothes, and most importantly, cold drinks.State Street / Joshua T. MooreFriday Evening At BristolMy wife and I arrived shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday via the shuttle bus from the Bristol Mall. I couldn’t believe this was my first time at the festival, as I live just thirty minutes away in Church Hill, Tenn. I stepped off the shuttle and made my way to State Street, which was packed with people hopping from one stage to the next, shopping, eating, and having a great time.Railroad Earth / Joshua T. MoorePeering down State Street, the State Street Stage sits right in the middle of the road, just below the Bristol sign. A perfect setting for the city of two states. I arrived just in time for The Waybacks, who are a fantastic Americana band and a great set up for Railroad Earth. Railroad Earth unsurprisingly played to a packed crowd and, as I listened, I couldn’t help but think that they reminded me of a country music Grateful Dead.Getting An Early Start On SaturdaySaturday came quickly and my wife and I made it to the festival early. We wanted to roam around and catch as many different bands as we could. Lauren Morrow of The Whiskey Gentry put on a great show at the Piedmont Stage. Meanwhile, Devon Gilfillian, a gospel-blues musician from Nashville entertained a large crowd on the nearby 6th Street stage.The War and Treaty w/ Ketch Secor of Old Crow / Joshua T. MooreI made my way back to the State Street Stage to hear The War and Treaty and was very impressed with this duo’s show. To top it off, Ketch Secor, of Old Crow Medicine Show joined them on stage to play harmonica for a song. The harmonica paired with the vocals of The War and Treaty so well that you could feel the energy as the crowd cheered them on. To be honest, it was great to see this kind of camaraderie between musicians. It really brought out the “Reunion” feel.Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson ft John Jorgenson & Mark Fain / Joshua T. MooreChris Hillman, a Country Music Hall of Famer, performed a great show with Herb Pederson, John Jorgenson, and Mark Fain.Folk Soul Revival, a local band, always draws a large audience known as the “Congregation.” They played an energy-packed show, with the crowd singing along to every song. I can’t think of a better band to open for Old Crow Medicine Show. They really set the tone for what I consider the best concert series I’ve ever been to.Folk Soul Revival / Joshua T. MooreOld Crow Medicine Show packed Bristol to the brim. As I looked out from the stage, all I could see were thousands of people crammed into every opening you could find. As the first chords were played to “Wagon Wheel,” you couldn’t hear anything but the roar of the crowd singing at the top of their lungs.Ketch Secor of Old Crow / Joshua T. MooreAs they left the stage for the evening, the audience cried for an encore! Of course, they more than graciously came back to play two more songs. However loud “Wagon Wheel” was, it was topped by none other than “Rocky Top.” That’s how you end a show, especially here in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.Sunday rolled around and as I started to calm down from an exciting night I began to wander around listening to great music. The Old 97’s played a great show, Dale Watson and his Lone Stars delivered a classic country set, but one small group that really grabbed my attention was Birds of Chicago. This was another husband and wife duo with an accompanying guitarist from Nashville.The original songs paired with the beautiful tones of the duo really drew me in. I loved every song they sang, which really topped off an amazing weekend of great music in a town known for music. The Birthplace of Country Music didn’t disappoint and left an impression I will never forget. This may have been my first Reunion, but it won’t be my last.