• National Solar Technologies(NST), announces the release of its new commercial grade Portable Solar Powered LED Floodlighting system. The unit is 100% solar powered using a high efficiency solar module that captures the suns energy to recharge the system during the day, and power the lighting system all night long. The product is engineered to operate the LED floodlight fixture dusk to dawn, even after days of overcast weather. The system incorporates sealed, non-spillable maintenance free batteries for power storage.

    The LED floodlight fixture is designed for up to 150,000 hours of operation. The main unit frame and power unit enclosure is welded aluminum, powder coated in a variey of color choices. For portability/mobility, the system light mast folds down to a height of ~5.5 ft(fully extended mast is ~9.5 ft). Never flat wheels make it easy for anyone to wheel the unit to the location that needs to be illuminated.

    “The benefit of using solar energy for power production is that it allows for cost savings since there is not a need for the use of fossil fuel”, says Paul Vargovich, Director of Business Development at National Solar Technologies. “We ensure that the best components are utilized in the system so there is longevity with system reliability and zero routine maintenance required. Our goal is to provide superior solutions that will help build long lasting relationships with our customers.”

    National Solar Technologies Portable Solar Powered Floodlighting system is ideal for site lighting or general temporary lighting requirements. The US Military has deployed numerous NST Portable Solar Powered Floodlight systems supplied for use in remote and austere environments in both Afghanistan and Iraq. According to a US Military supply officer in Afghanistan, “You have a great product and we want to buy more.” There is currenty a push to expand the use of these systems throughout US Military Forward Operating Bases and Patrol Bases in Afghanistan.

    The Portable Solar Powered LED Floodlight system is the best choice for temporary lighting or site lighting needs. Utilizing green solar energy and long life LEDs for illumination, NST’s Portable Solar Powered LED Floodlighting solution is the environmentally clean alternative to generator powered lights. Whether its a small construction site, temporary parking lot, or remote location, National Solar Technologies offers a solution that will pay for itself in a short amount of time.

    FoxFury Lighting Solutions has modified the model names of its Nomad LED Area-Spot lights. The original Nomad design (previously referred to as the Nomad 3600 and Nomad 4000) is now known as the Nomad Prime while the newest addition to the Nomad family is called the Nomad 360. This name change places the look and function of the light at the forefront rather than the number of lumens.

    The Nomad, a dual action LED area light and spotlight, was originally released in November 2010 following two years of R&D. The original names of this portable, rechargeable area light (Nomad 3600 and Nomad 4000) reflected the number of torch lumens generated by the light. Rather than changing model names every time brighter LED technology becomes available, FoxFury has chosen to rename this original design the “Prime.”

    FoxFury released the innovative and versatile new Nomad 360 in July 2012. It is believed to be the first portable LED scene light that offers 360 degree scene lighting with the option to use it as a (12 degree) spotlight. This 7000 torch lumen model is brighter than the Nomad Prime and has a higher price point. The 360 degree ability of this light stands out right away, which is why the product name was chosen.


  • Most of us love the warmer weather. We count down the days until we can say, “Man, is it hot.” But as soon as the temperature rises, a lot of us crank our air conditioners into overdrive.

    Keeping blinds and curtains closed during the day helps. I encourage everyone to do this. But a lot of heat can get trapped between the blinds and the window. And once the heat is already in your home, cooling things down is an uphill battle. Most homeowners treat the effects of heat. The smart ones stop them before they start.

    You want to stop the heat before it enters your home. Otherwise, half the battle of beating the heat is already lost — before it’s even started. And since the problem starts in nature, let’s look to nature to solve it.

    How do we stay cool when we’re outside? We look for tree shade.

    Just how trees keep us cool outside, they can help keep us cool inside, too. They provide a natural way to block the higher temperatures from entering our homes. If you’re thinking of landscaping, plant a few extra trees around your house. But don’t plant them near the house itself. The extra foliage will direct water and precipitation to your home’s exterior and roof. This wears down exterior finishes and is an open invitation to leaks.

    Awnings are an old school solution that works. They reduce heat gain by about 55% to 77%. They also block UV rays that can damage floors, furniture and finishes. In certain climates, awnings have proved their worth — saving homeowners as much as 25% on their energy bills.

    Some awnings are retractable. These are good because they let heat and light come in during the winter. Others are stationary and have to be taken down before the colder weather sets in again.

    You need to install an awning the proper way. Do it wrong and it can cause a lot of damage. If it falls, it can pull the siding off your home and damage the exterior — not to mention the risks of it falling on someone. Just like everything else, you want to get the right pro for the job.

    If you’re interested in awnings, contact a company that specializes in them. They’ll be able to recommend the right length, width and material depending on your home’s specific needs. And they’ll install it the right way. Their employees should have experience working with these units. Some companies even certify their installers in-house. This makes sure they know what they’re doing before they show up at your home.

    Another way to keep your home cool is insulation. Most people think insulation only helps keep our homes warm during the winter. But it actually keeps the interior temperature at a comfortable, constant level. So it keeps homes cool in the summer, too.

    If your air conditioning is always working, and your energy bills keep rising, your home could need insulation. A good home inspection will tell you if you’re missing insulation. Make sure the inspector you hire uses a thermal imaging camera and is certified in thermography. Otherwise, the inspection could be worthless.

    If you’ve had the same air conditioner for more than 10 years, consider replacing it. Older air conditioners use 30% to 70% more electricity than energy-efficient models. They can also corrode or rust. When that happens, harmful refrigerants like Freon can enter the environment. Why is this bad? Because most refrigerants deplete the ozone layer. This increases global warming.


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    Under a full moon and a peaceful summer evening, over 1,000 people from Clayton and surrounding communities gathered at Contra Costa County Fire Station 11 in Clayton for the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Remembrance.

    Center and Main Streets were closed off for the event which started at the fire station. Later, the entire crowd moved in a candle light precession to the flag pole at the end of Main St. led by the Contra Costa Fire Protection District Honor Guard.

    The ceremony began with the Clayton Valley High School Women’s Ensemble singing the national anthem.

    Father Richard Mangini of the St. Bonaventure Church led the opening prayer before the Honor Guard, accompanied by the Sheriff’s Bagpipers, raised an actual flag that flew over ground zero ten years ago.

    Tattered and charred, a witness to the horror of the attack, the old colors were raised to half-mast on the Station 11 flag pole. The pledge of allegiance was led by Clayton Mayor David Shuey followed by the CVHS Women’s Ensemble singing America the Beautiful.

    Guest speakers included: Gil Carvantes, Captain with the Fire District who served at ground zero ten years ago; Clayton Police Chief Dan Lawrence of the Clayton Police Department and Shawn Robinson, Pastor of the Clayton Community Church.

    After the Last Alarm bell was rung to remember the firefighters who lost their lives, Hugh Toloui, leader of the Clayton Baha’I Community and Father Peter Champion, Rector of St. Johns Episcopal Church spoke and led the attendees in a candle lighting.

    Once every one had a lighted candle in hand, the word was given over the PA, “Let’s Roll” in memory of the defiant spirit of the citizens who fought back aboard Flight 93.

    Candles in hand, people walked in a silent procession to the downtown where the honor guard raised a set of new colors to half-mast on the Clayton Main Street flag pole.

    The CVHS Women’s Ensemble then led the gathering in singing God Bless America and everyone joined in.

    The closing prayer was offered by Aaron Gonzenbach, Pastor of the Crossroads Church.

    Some of the speakers echoed a common theme of unity, courage, peace and the challenge of forgiveness.

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