Monday, September 29, 2014

Mt Abram Ski Area begins installation of large solar array

GREENWOOD, ME- September 24, 2014. Mt Abram, Maine has begun construction on a 244.915 Kw, 803 panel, photovoltaic solar project. Expected to produce in excess of 280,000 kWh annually, the array will offset approximately 70% of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption.

In the summer of 2013, the USDA awarded Mt Abram a 25% matching grant, up to $235,000, from the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Payback on the project is expected at 4.5 years.   

“Commitments to on-site, renewable initiatives insulate the ski area from escalating energy costs. Over two thirds of our electricity requirements become indefinitely fixed,” said Mt Abram co-owner Matt Hancock. “The 'SolGen' Project continues the advancement of our Clean Energy Game plan – utilizing abundant, local, and readily available resources wherever and whenever possible. We are making every effort to effectuate colder, snowier winters.”

Earlier this summer, Mt Abram announced a snow making infrastructure project to greatly improve the energy efficiency of the system while increasing water flow and pressure to better adapt to a late starting winter and unwanted weather events. In recent years, the ski area has upgraded its on-hill snow making guns to Low E towers, switched to a wood pellet heating system - eliminating the use of #2 heating oil and became the second ski area in North America to install Electric Vehicle chargers.

“We are extremely excited to continue to support Mt Abram as Maine's sustainable mountain playground.” said Dave Scanlan, Mt Abram General Manager and Mountain Rider’s Alliance Co-founder. “Stabilizing this significant cost allows ever more attention to enhancing the skiing and riding experience. Outdoor winter enthusiasts care about our snow surface but they have become increasingly discerning about the practices we apply to create the surface.”

There will be an official commissioning ceremony, followed by a tour of Mt Abram’s other environmental initiatives on November 6 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Members of the press and public are cordially invited to attend.

About Mt Abram:
In operation since 1960, Mt Abram has long been a favorite learn to ski mountain as well as being one of Maine’s favorite mountains for racing and exploring off-piste terrain. Located 70 miles from Portland, the ski area offers 49 trails and five lifts, a vertical drop of 1,150 feet, and Maine’s longest tubing park. Many cherish the friendly ambiance created from the multigenerational families that call the mountain home for the winter season. Winner of the 2012 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence, ski operations are managed by the Mountain Rider’s Alliance.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory looks even cooler than expected, will create 22,000 jobs

A bit off the topic of snowboarding but front and center of environmental consciousness is news of Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory set to take shape in Nevada, close to where I snowboard every winter. Check it out here.... Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory looks even cooler than expected, will create 22,000 jobs : TreeHugger:

Friday, September 5, 2014

snowboard green / mizu water bottles are in!

snowboard green / mizu water bottles are in! email me (grant@snowboardgreen [dot] com) if you would like one! $20 + shipping!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Niche Snowboard's Eco-Tip Tuesday: Give Your Air Conditioner a Break

As the weather reminds us that it’s not winter yet, many of us are putting heavy use on air conditioners, which takes a lot of power. We’re not going to say not to use them (it’s pretty darn hot out there!) but there are some things you can do so your air conditioner is doing its best.
  • First, make sure to clean your AC unit and filters regularly.  It’s much more efficient when there isn’t a bunch of gunk to force the air through.
  • If you can, leave windows open during the cooler nights with the AC off to fill your home with cool air, then close them as soon as the sun comes up.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day, especially if the sun hits them.
  • Use light-colored curtains or blinds during the summer to reflect heat – a double-curtain works well if you want light colors facing the outside but not the inside.
  • Consider fans – a nice breeze can make you feel several degrees cooler, and a fan can be run in only the room you’re in instead of the whole home like an AC.  During days that aren’t so hot, just the fan may be enough.  Make sure your ceiling fans are set to push air downward, so you get the benefits of the wind chill effect, if you have the option of which direction to push the air.
  • Per, the AC does not work harder to cool down a warm house after being off all day.  It does take a little while to cool things down so if you have a fancy programmable thermostat, set it to turn on thirty minutes before you plan to arrive home, and you won’t even notice the heat.  Leave the AC off while nobody is home and say hello to a lower power bill… unless you have pets of course, definitely let your pets be nice and cool!
  • Set your AC to the temperature you want it.  Setting it at a colder temp doesn’t make it work harder, better, faster, or stronger (sorry Daft Punk), it just stays on longer than you need it to.
Eco-Tip Tuesday: Give Your Air Conditioner a Break: "Eco-Tip Tuesday #11: Give the AC a Break"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

March with POW in NYC!

Dear POW Members, Partners and Friends,

If there is truth in the phrase "Strength In Numbers" it'll be proven out on Sept. 21, 2014

Please join us for the People's Climate March in NYC to stand united with thousands to peacefully flood the streets in record numbers, raise our voices and urge global leaders at the UN to support a global agreement to reduce global warming pollution. 

This will be the largest climate march in history and with all of us standing together, the snow sports community will have it's place in this massive movement. If you love winter and want to do something truly meaningful to protect it, this is your opportunity.  We hope you can join us, our athletes, members and friends in this truly memorable day.

Just click below to RSVP so we can follow up with more specific event details. 


Hope to see you in NYC!

Chris Steinkamp

Executive Director, POW