Fresno-Area Sun, Real Goods Solar Powers Snowflake Designs


Clovis, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

Twenty-five years ago when La Donna Snow was hand sewing gymnastics leotards from a small operation based out of her home, she installed a solar-powered hot-water heater on her rooftop. Today, La Donnas leotard manufacturing has been taken to new heights. Her energy-saving measures have, too.

Powered by the Fresno-area sun, La Donna Snows multi-million dollar operation, Snowflake Designs, is a wildly popular gymnastics leotard manufacturer based out of a 9,000-square-foot facility in Clovis, California. Solar panels by Real Goods Solar sit atop her facilities rooftops, helping her save at least $ 1,000 a month on her electric bill.

With the 2012 Summer Olympics quickly approaching, the energy savings are a big deal to Snowflake Designs. Business picks up around the summer Olympics as interest in the sport of gymnastics peaks around the summer games. That peak in interest equates to more girls and boys signing up for gymnastics, which means more leotards need to be produced for those eager gymnasts to wear.

The financial savings and environmental savings realized through solar go hand-in-hand for Snowflake Designs. The areas poor air quality is a major incentive behind La Donnas hybrid car and the business’s solar system. Shes doing her part to clean the air. She sees the savings in money as a bonus.

This area gets a lot of sun year round, but particularly during the summer months, said La Donna. It works out really well for us right now because our production is way up. Our solar panels are working overtime along with us. The savings in my energy bills are dramatic, but Im also very interested in making a difference environmentally.

As one of the largest and most popular leotard makers in the United States with kids in 150 gyms sporting her leotards, La Donna isnt shy about sharing the secret to her success.

I surround myself with wonderfully talented people, La Donna said, counting the Real Goods Solar team amongst her friends. Her home now boasts a Real Goods Solar system as well.

Having its product recently showcased in a Vogue photo shoot, the extremely talented Snowflake Designs team has been working hard to release its newest catalog.

The timing of the catalog release is impeccable.

On June 29th La Donna will be in San Jose, attending what is perhaps the mother of all gymnastics events in the United States. Anyone who is anyone in the American gymnastics field will be at the annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, which will be held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Gymnastic Olympic Team Trials.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to really showcase our leotards and generate new business, La Donna said of her impending trip to San Jose, California. Its the ultimate meet and greet for Snowflake Designs.

And as La Donna shakes hands and rubs elbows with the whos who of gymnastics, her Real Goods Solar systems will be holding down the fort back home, generating the power that ultimately will dress the Olympians of tomorrow.

ABOUT REAL GOODS SOLAR

Real Goods Solar is a leading solar energy integrator, having installed more than 12,000 electric systems for both residential and commercial properties. Real Goods Solar offers turnkey solar energy solutions, and has 34 years of experience in solar energy, beginning with its sale of the first solar photovoltaic panels in the United States in 1978. With offices nationwide, Real Goods Solar is one of the largest residential solar installers in the Central Valley and the United States. For more information, visit RealGoodsSolar.com.







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Sydney Opera House sails
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Image by Powerhouse Museum
This black and white image of a section of the Sydney Opera House sails was photographed for the exhibition Modern Times: the untold story of modernism in Australia.

Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski

Opera House Tiles #01
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Image by betta design
The Sydney Opera House, designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, opened in 1973, is 183m long and 120m wide. The building contains 5 theatres, 5 rehearsal studios, 2 main halls, 4 restaurants, 5 bars and some 1000 rooms in total. I am starting a series concentrating on the tiles that cover its shells.

O Teatro de Ópera de Sydney, um projeto do arquiteto dinamarquês Jorn Utzon, foi inaugurado em 1973, mede 183m de comprimento por 120m de largura. O edifício
contém 5 teatros, 5 estúdios de ensaios, 2 saguões principais, 4 restaurantes, 5 bares, num total de 1000 aposentos. Estou começando esta série de fotos concentrando nos azulejos que recobrem suas estruturas de concha.

More info / Mais informação:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Opera_House
www.sydneyoperahouse.com/

To browse through my Sydney photos using flickriver/ Para ver minhas fotos de Sydney com o flickriver


Or here to see photos with descriptions / ou aqui para ler as descrições das fotos

Sydney, Australia 342
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Image by Design for Health
Design for Health: Sydney, Australia
Waterfront Houses and Boats

Grand Designs Australia — Show Summary — Season1, Ep1

In this episode, a builders home was lost to some horrible wildfires after only 2 weeks of having been completed. It was a 3bd house, and the re-construction is now a massive 1bd w/ guest bed, and some insanely cool designs. He salvaged as much as he could from the fire and build around a rustic design.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

imaginekithomes.com.au At Imagine Kit Homes we are all about design – innovative, functional, affordable design, design that considers site and climate characteristics and incorporates the latest technologies to produce the ultimate lifestyle environment. We’re at the leading edge of the Australian project home design industry and, by continually updating and improving on our designs, that’s where we plan to stay. Imagine Kit Homes – Helping create your dream.

Q&A: Do it yourself Wood Column designs for pergolas?

Question by jonstep: Do it yourself Wood Column designs for pergolas?
Looking for easy designs of columns to add to a pergola I am building in my back yard.

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Answer by paradiso
Hope the following links is of some good help.
though you have to buy their kits. but atleast can gain some knowledge looking at the pergola pics

http://www.gardenstructure.com/page/custom_pergola_plans.html

GOOD LUCK

Paradiso

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How much does the housing designs in Australia contribute to Australia’s overall carbon emissions?

Question by tantipj04: How much does the housing designs in Australia contribute to Australia’s overall carbon emissions?
How much does the housing designs in Australia contribute to Australia’s overall carbon emissions?

Best answer:

Answer by Sam S
It depends on the design!

But there are new building standards being developed all the time that promote the use of energy efficient design so hopefully there will be a steady reduction in the carbon footprint of new houses.

Mind you, the concept of energy efficient housing has been around for years, but this was always viewed as ‘alternative’ design rather than mainstream.

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Jimbour House
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Image by mgjefferies
In the style of a French Country House. Designed by Richard Suter.

The work of building the present Jimbour House was begun late in 1874 and finished in early 1877. The cedar was obtained from the Bunya Mountains and was brought down to Cattle Creek, where it was sawn, dressed, and worked up as it is now to be seen in the building. Other timbers used in the building were spotted gum, blue gum, ironbark, bunya, cypress, hoop pine, and some satinwood. The stone and sand were procured from Bunjinnie about six miles from Jimbour.

The station was established in 1841 by Henry Dennis for Richard Scougall and comprised some 300,000 acres.

On October 1st, 1844 the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt left here for Port Essington, 5,000km away near the present city of Darwin arriving on the 17th December 1845, having been considered lost. Jimba, as it was known then, was the last settled point in the country at that time.

Jimbour was also the base for two expeditions sent from England to observe the Transit of Venus on 7th December 1882. One, from the Royal Geographical Society was led by Lt. Leonard Darwin, Royal Engineers and son of Charles Darwin. Unfortunately the day of the transit turned out dull with rain!

More information www.jimbour.com/

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Opera House Tiles #02
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Image by betta design
The Sydney Opera House, designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, opened in 1973, is 183m long and 120m wide. The building contains 5 theatres, 5 rehearsal studios, 2 main halls, 4 restaurants, 5 bars and some 1000 rooms in total. I am starting a series concentrating on the tiles that cover its shells.

O Teatro de Ópera de Sydney, um projeto do arquiteto dinamarquês Jorn Utzon, foi inaugurado em 1973, mede 183m de comprimento por 120m de largura. O edifício
contém 5 teatros, 5 estúdios de ensaios, 2 saguões principais, 4 restaurantes, 5 bares, num total de 1000 aposentos. Estou começando esta série de fotos concentrando nos azulejos que recobrem suas estruturas de concha.

More info / Mais informação:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Opera_House
www.sydneyoperahouse.com/

To browse through my Sydney photos using flickriver/ Para ver minhas fotos de Sydney com o flickriver


Or here to see photos with descriptions / ou aqui para ler as descrições das fotos

Council House 2 (CH2) in Melbourne
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Image by vfowler
Wooden louvres for sun shades, cool!
www.ch2.com.au/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_House_2