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Taliesin West Retrofits for Solar Power

Taliesan West – Scottsdale, AZ

The foundation overseeing Taliesin West, the famed desert showplace designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will soon install a 250-kilowatt solar system at Taliesin West through partnerships with First Solar Inc. and Big Green Zero, a sustainable energy development company.

According to Patrick O’Grady of Phoenix Business Journal, the project work will be done while keeping the character of Wright’s Arizona home, which is on the National Historic Register. The goal is to turn the building into a net-zero facility, meaning it produces as much energy as it consumes.

“Frank Lloyd Wright is synonymous with innovation in architecture and design, and we share the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s passion to forward his legacy by integrating sustainable energy into his work,” said Larry Whittet, First Solar project manager for the Taliesin West solar project, in a statement. “Taliesin West is a global architectural landmark that has captivated the imagination of visitors for 75 years, and we are proud to be part of this historic undertaking.”

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Source: Phoenix Business Journal


Lakeland High School football means big business. website lakeland high school

The Ledger (Lakeland, FL) December 12, 2006 Byline: Kyle Kennedy Dec. 12–About 5 a.m. Saturday the RV rumbled into the parking lot of Lakeland High School.

It had been less than eight hours since the LHS Dreadnaughts won their third-straight Class 5A state football title by beating Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in Miami.

Yet before the sun was up, the official championship T-shirts were already on sale.

“It’s crazy. People that don’t even really follow the Dreadnaughts want one,” said Mike Wilson, co-owner of Team Hammer Screen Printing in Lakeland, as the shop began to bustle Monday. “It’s been nuts.” Team Hammer, which produces the bulk of LHS football merchandise, started hawking commemorative garb Saturday morning after staying up Friday night creating T-shirts and hats. Wilson hopes to outdo last year’s effort, when he sold an estimated 500 shirts and hats after LHS won its second-straight title and was named national champion.

“Obviously it increases our business” when the Dreadnaughts win a t itle game, Wilson said. “It makes things a little hectic, too.” Team Hammer, which contributes to LHS’ booster club but is not affiliated with the school, must be dreaming of an orange-and-black Christmas.

The Dreadnaughts’ latest title means the company will stay busy making custom items for both team members and fans, Wilson said, and more shirts are planned if LHS captures a national champion designation from assorted media polls. website lakeland high school

At $10 per shirt and $15 per hat, business has already been strong, Wilson said.

“You just try and keep up with everybody and make sure you have enough stuff,” he said.

At Proud Gator in Lakeland, owner Chuck Carper ordered a special shipment of Dreadnaught T-shirts after selling 270 last year. When the shirts arrived late Monday, customers bought about 20 in the first hour, an employee said.

LHS championship merchandise can be a boon for a store like Proud Gator, which typically focuses on University of Florida and Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparel and gifts, Carper said.

“It is sort of nice to maybe get some extra people here for the holidays, and maybe they’ll buy some Gator stuff while they’re here,” he said.

Although it’s common for college football fans to splurge on team apparel, a growing number of Dreadnaughts devotees seem to be just as visible, said Ron Riggs, immediate past chairman of LHS’ booster club.

“I met a lady in line at Wal-Mart the other day wearing a 2005 championship T-shirt,” said Riggs, a financial adviser with Allen & Company in Lakeland. “I think it’s great. I think our fan base is probably as good as anybody’s in the country. It’s just great to have this kind of support.” Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.

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