Friday, August 8, 2014

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – July 2014

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

How do sunset times in Toronto and Miami compare?

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It doesn't seem that long ago that we were preparing shadow studies using scale rulers and protractors.

My twitter profile header pic is the Air India Flight 182 Memorial Sundial which I designed for Humber Bay Park East in Toronto. @SunPosition

Solar farm construction begins near the Rockies | Construction Canada

KIMBERLEY, BC - Construction has begun on Kimberley, British Columbia’s SunMine—Western Canada’s inaugural commercial solar field. The $5.3 million project is being constructed on the former Sullivan Mine site on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, and will be the first solar assembly connected to the B.C. Hydro grid.

To generate electricity from the sun, a total of 4000 photovoltaic cells will be on 96 solar-tracking stands. The generated energy will give power back to the former industrial site’s power lines that are still in place.

SunMine will be the first large project in the province to use solar-tracking technology, which involves components seeking the best places to capture light and, in turn, generate electricity. During the winter, solar bounce from the snow will also contribute to the energy production…

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Orioles learn the hard way about blinding light at Angel Stadium of Anaheim | The Baltimore Sun

ANAHEIM, CA - When the Orioles go on the road, detailed scouting reports tell them intricate details about not only opposing players but also visiting ballparks.

Everyone knows about the immense area of foul ground in Oakland. Teams have to learn how to play balls off the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

Sometimes shadows at certain ballparks play a factor depending on game time. The way a batted ball carries can be different whether it is day or night.

And in Monday’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles learned about a certain nuance of Angel Stadium of Anaheim the hard way.

Two batters into the first inning, with a runner on first base, Mike Trout hit a grounder to shortstop J.J. Hardy that could have been a double play. But Hardy's throw went past second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

Two batters later, the Angels scored on Josh Hamilton’s RBI single -- a run that was unearned.

Hardy was charged with a throwing error, but a glare from the sun setting behind the third-base line crept between the seating levels and shined right on second base, causing Schoop to lose Hardy’s throw…

“It’s not something that’s there during batting practice, and it’s not there certain times of the year, and it’s not there when it’s cloudy,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said…

“You talk about quality control in the major leagues, you can keep it from happening,” Showalter said. “There’s teams that put up tarp for that, there’s three or four stadiums. I know we have a place in our ballpark where we put something up…”

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A guy called today wanting us to cut down our trees so we could install solar panels on our house. Seriously?
Cheers, Ralph

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