Winter Roof Preparation Tips
The Bay Area doesn’t get many ice storms, blizzards, sleet and other extreme winter weather. But roofing contractors in the Bay Area know that the season is nothing to mess around with. In fact, the winter can be quite traumatic for your roof, thanks to temperature and moisture fluctuations, heavy winds, and other unpredictable seasonal factors.
New 314 Acre Japanese Solar Plant to Power 22,000 Homes
Smartphone maker Kyocera recently launched the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, a 70-megawatt facility that can generate enough electricity to power about 22,000 homes. The move comes as Japan struggles with energy sources as nuclear power plants were shut down after meltdowns hit Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima plant in 2011.
Set on Kagoshima Bay, the sprawling Nanatsujima plant commands sweeping views of Sakurajima, an active stratovolcano that soars to 3,665 feet. It has 290,000 solar panels and takes up about 314 acres, roughly three times the total area of Vatican City. Kyocera established the facility with six other firms as well as a company to run the plant. It will sell electricity generated to the local utility, Kyushu Electric Power Co.
“This tabletop is composed entirely of plywood residual material from the furniture industry. The material is bought at the same price as a new sheet of plywood, provided the factory saws in the right format. This creates a new homogeneous resource. By bringing the material together in a fishbone pattern, there is no limit in the size or thickness of the table, and even the smallest residual piece can be used. In this way I can make a new surface which is stronger than the original material.”