Renewable Energy

Published on May 13th, 2008 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg


GreenBuildingTalk: Solar Hot Water and Heating — Is it Right for You?

Solar Hot Water system at Amaranth Bakery in MilwaukeeEditor’s note: Today, we’re pleased to start a content partnership with GreenBuildingTalk, “the place to share, ask, and learn about green building products and methods.” The site’s forums are both active and informative, and they’ve now started blogging. Today’s post on solar hot water was originally published on May 5, 2008.

Each week, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago Green Technology Center graciously host “lunch time seminars,” inviting some of the leading industry professionals to discuss building issues they are involved with. On 5/1/08, they hosted Joe Gordon’s “Solar Hot Water and Heating- Is It Right for You?” presentation. The seminar provided the audience with information on how solar thermal works, how much space you’ll need, incentives, and how to determine cost benefits. Mr. Gordon also discussed how the cost of solar hot water and heating will likely keep increasing, due to the high cost of copper that is used in these systems.

Joe Gordon has worked for Solar Service, Inc. for over four years and has fielded thousands of inquires from developers, architects, owners and institutions about whether solar hot water and heating would work for them. Visit Solar Service’s gallery to see unique ways panels can be installed.

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To view the rest of Joe Gordon’s presentation, visit the blog at GreenBuildingTalk.

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US Fed News Service, Including US State News November 24, 2010 PRESCOTT, Ariz., Nov. 24 — The City of Prescott issued the following news release:

Prescott City Manager Steve Norwood has announced today that he has accepted the position of manager for the city of Round Rock, Texas. website city of round rock

At their regular Tuesday evening session, the Round Rock city council voted unanimously to tender an offer to Norwood who was one of five finalists from a field of 85 applicants.

Round Rock has a population of 105,000 and is characterized as a “super suburb” located about 20 miles north of Austin in the Texas Hill Country. According to a recent CNN report, Round Rock is one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the U.

S. and is home to computer industry giant Dell. “Career-wise this is a fantastic opportunity,” says Norwood, Prescott’s city manager since 2003. Round Rock is undergoing tremendous growth in all sectors and has one of the top school systems in the state. It is an honor to be chosen from such a competitive field of candidates to participate in the continued growth of a great, emerging Texas city.” Norwood says he leaves Prescott with mixed emotions. “My family has enjoyed living in Prescott. My children have known nowhere else as home. We will definitely feel a void. I would have been perfectly happy to spend the rest of my career here.” The move to Texas also allows Norwood to be closer to his ailing mother in Lubbock and extended family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. site city of round rock

“When a city of Round Rock’s stature hires our city manager, it speaks volumes not only for Mr. Norwood, but for the city of Prescott,” says Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. “Steve managed the city during good times and challenging times. But, if you look back at his accomplishments, we were able to pay cash for capital projects like the downtown parking garage, fleet maintenance facility, community adult center, public library, and complete a large number of much needed road construction projects. That’s quite a legacy.” For Norwood, perhaps his proudest accomplishment has been the city’s ability to weather the recent recession. “We were able to avoid many of the drastic personnel and budget cuts seen in most cities and towns throughout our state. Plus, our ‘rainy day fund’ is fully intact and we’ve retained our high bond rating which will allow the city to borrow money at favorable rates and move forward on pending projects. Our department heads and staff have done an outstanding job and I’m very proud of their hard work, especially during these tough economic times.” Steve Norwood holds a Masters Degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He previously spent more than 17 years in city management for the communities of North Richland Hills, Lancaster, Wylie and Euless in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Norwood has met with Mayor Kuykendall and city council members to inform them of his decision to accept the Round Rock offer. Council plans to meet in the near future to discuss the transition and a course of action.

Norwood will assume his new position “sometime in mid-January 2011.” For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at

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