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New American Psychology Association guidelines offer psychologists new ways to talk about masculinity with male patients.
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Talking to Your Solar Installer About Solar Panels and Shade

Assessing contractor quotes is an important step in the journey to increase the value of your home with solar panels. Evaluating multiple solar panel quotes helps homeowners scope their budget and encourages contractors to be competitive with their pricing, which is especially significant in today’s solar energy market. It’s important to understand your project’s unique parameters when sifting through these estimates. One such unique marker is your house’s solar irradiance. Simply put, this defines the exposure to sunlight you can expect where you live. This exposure, along with several external factors, will have important ramifications on the type of solar panels, mounts, and equipment required for your home improvement.

Having a solid understanding of these basics will help you understand your solar installer’s quote and enable you to have an informed foundation from which to discuss the project. Be sure to communicate honestly with your contractor about your needs and concerns when it comes to the shade at your house.

Do Solar Panels Work In Shade?

Short answer: Yes, of course. Shade doesn’t stop the solar panels for your home from doing their job.

Excessive shade can, however, reduce the amount of energy a solar panel system is able to generate. While solar panels are designed to operate in all weather conditions (including the winter, which is actually a great time to install them), external factors like trees or buildings might impact their efficiency. Since rooftops are popular placements for solar panels, their size, shape, slope, and age will factor into their fitness to support solar energy. For example, solar panels typically “perform best on south-facing roofs with a slope between 15 and 40 degrees,” according to the Department of Energy. Ask your experienced contractor to assess the current and potential shade your house will experience and plan accordingly—there are many ways to deal with shade.

The solar farm in Woolwich, ME, missed its 2018 solar energy projection partly because of the shade cast by four maple trees. (Nathan Strout / The Times Record)

Take the Woolwich solar farm in Maine, for example. It barely missed its projected energy generation for 2018, but city officials remained optimistic. Why? They were able to identify the main culprit: four maple trees. And that obstacle has an easy fix: “The town is looking into cutting those trees down to ensure that all of the panels get the maximum amount of sunlight,” the local Times Record reported.

When it comes to choosing who will install your solar paneling, it’s important you find a local and trustworthy contractor who will meet with you in-person and on-location. Request your solar panel installer to appraise your property and identify areas of concern.

Additionally, a local contractor will know the climate and weather conditions your location experiences.

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

While a roof is a popular option for solar panel installation, there are other options.

Before determining what kind of and how many solar panels you want, it’s good to understand the type and amount of solar energy present at your location. Various public resources are at your disposal to do just that. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, for example, created a map showing the concentration of sunlight radiation across southwestern states like California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. How red is your region?

Concentration Solar Resource for Southwestern US. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Another more specific example comes from a UC-Berkely National Laboratory team. The group examined when during the day they could expect to find solar panels in shade. They tested Californian cities Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and determined those time ranges to be:

  • In the morning from 6 to 10 a.m.
  • In the afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m.

On an annual basis, the researchers determined, panels were only affected with a 20-percent decrease at peak shade. Want to know more about your own location and its irradiance properties? Use the Department of Energy’s calculator tool, which asks you for your address and spits out the solar energy you can expect.

A local contractor will be able to explain what you should expect in terms of energy and how you can expect it to increase the value of your home, not to mention what kind of panels you will benefit the most from, and where they should get installed. At Modernize, we frequently speak to homeowners about their home improvement projects. In our recent interviews, 90 percent of homeowners requested a checklist to help them find and vet contractors. Modernize now offers homeowners a free, digital Contractor Checklist as a simple, step-by-step guide to assist with your solar panel project.

What Are My Solar Tracking and Mounting Needs?

While trees, power lines, neighboring structures, and far-away mountains can all cast shadows on your house, don’t forget the sun’s movement also governs the movement of this shade throughout the day.

For best solar paneling positioning, various technologies track the sun’s movement and react to it. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “rack mounting is currently the most common method because it is robust, versatile, and easy to construct and install.”

Solar tracking systems are add-ons to solar mounts that are designed to help turn the panels to face directly at the sun throughout the day. With 90 percent of the sun’s energy in the direct beam of light that it produces, this direct beam can only be captured completely by a panel facing right at the sun. The farther the panel is tipped away from the sun, the less efficient it is. This results in even carefully installed static—that is, fixed position—solar panels operating with nearly 50 percent to 75 percent efficiency losses at some point during the day. Solar trackers can help salvage those hours when the sun just isn’t shining directly on the panels like it needs to be.

While solar roof panels typically track the sunlight and swivel to keep the panels oriented properly, they could be expensive and difficult to install. In contrast, pole-mounted or ground-mounted units can offer similar benefits at a lower installation price. A ground mount is a durable frame that mounts right to the ground on your property. This frame is designed to hold a specific number of solar panels, which depends on the frame. A pole mount is a durable rack or frame built to hold a set of solar cells that are mounted up on top of a single pole. One well-installed pole is capable of holding a surprisingly large number of solar panels—at times, up to as many as sixteen. In other words, your roof is not your only option.

“Naturally, tracking involves more up-front costs and sophisticated systems are more expensive and require more maintenance,” the Department of Energy reports. “As systems have improved, the cost-benefit analysis increasingly favors tracking for ground-mounted systems.”

As before, the best way to determine which of the mounts you want for your property, and which are best poised to increase its value, you should consult a trustworthy contractor. Be sure to get an in-person assessment from your contractor, allowing the installer to suggest options and explain potential benefits and, sometimes, challenges. Either way, a local expert will help you get the most of your home improvement project, no matter the season.

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James Baldwin’s ‘Beale Street’ Is Talking Louder Than Ever

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If Beale Street Could Talk, a movie directed by Barry Jenkins, opens in limited release December 14. The novel of the same name by James Baldwin and on which the movie is based was published in June 1974. It tells the story of Tish and Fonny, two very young (she’s 19, he’s 22) African-Americans in New York City who are in love, engaged to be married, then find the fragile trajectory of their lives thrown off by Fonny’s arrest for a rape he did not commit. The perpetrator of the arrest—of the entire maddening injustice of Fonny’s incarceration—is one Officer Bell, a blue-eyed, red-haired New York City cop who, for no good reason, has it in for Fonny.

Beale Street is a tragedy, not without hope at the end, but a tragedy nevertheless. “You can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride,” is a saying you hear among lawyers of the criminal defense bar, and the ordeal that Tish, Fonny, and their families endure is a very harsh ride indeed.

The same summer that Beale Street was published, I read it far from New York, in a quiet, leafy suburb of what was called in those days “the New South,” and the news that book brought me might as well have come from another planet. I was 16, white, middle class, and had spent exactly one night of my life in New York, at a Holiday Inn. The world Baldwin depicts, a world in which the racist animus of a white policeman could so randomly, lethally be brought to bear on one particular black man, rocked my 16-year-old self back on his heels.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Gets Emotional Talking About Parents’ Abusive Relationship

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, wouldn’t be as successful as it is if she didn’t spill all the tea about her personal business.

And Monday’s episode was no exception, as the actress dished on dealing with domestic violence.

Jada talks to her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, about her abusive relationship with her father, the late Robsol Pinkett Jr., who died in 2010. Adrienne reveals that Pinkett Jr. physically abused her and was typically drunk during his violent spells.

“See, I was a violent drunk too, that’s why I had to stop drinking,” Jada replies.

“He gave me a black eye once, and I tried to hide it from Mommy, but she saw it,” Adrienne says.

Jada breaks down talking about her late father, who she describes as a “gentle soul.”

“It’s not easy to hear that your parents experienced that together,” she says, as Adrienne remarks that she wishes Robsol was still alive to share his side of the story.

“Now that I’m older, I have so much more compassion in knowing what he had gone through. You know, ’cause I was pretty harsh on him.”

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And we can’t deal

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After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it.

Yes it may have been 14 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

We’re still deeply invested in Rachel and Ross’ tumultuous relationship, we’ve never given up hope on Parker (Alec Baldwin) coming back into our lives, and are we the only ones confused by our feelings for Ben now that he’s grown up and starring in Riverdale?

Despite their relationship statuses being more uncertain than Brexit and the characters moving house and changing their jobs far too frequently, there was of course one constant on the show, Rachel Green’s perfect hair.

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The cast of Friends

From the iconic bob to the long layered look, everyone wanted ‘the Rachel’, no matter what season we were on.

The only issue of course was that no one was actually able to maintain ‘the Rachel’ other than Jennifer Aniston herself.

Flashback to all of us having a meltdown when we realised that we had cut all of our hair off and still looked nothing like Jennifer Aniston.

Yes, surprise surprise only Jennifer Aniston can pull of ‘the Rachel’ – a look created by iconic hairstylist Chris McMillan, but according to the actress, even she couldn’t handle the look.

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Jennifer Aniston

While winning the 2018 Hairstylist of the Year award, Jen was given the honour of introducing Chris to the stage, but not before she told the whole world of the woes of ‘the Rachel’ upkeep behind the scenes.

‘You feel beautiful, you feel sexy, you feel alive, and then you feel screwed because no one has the ability to actually do what Chris did to this haircut,’ she explained to the audience. ‘I used to call it “The Rachel” years when I got that haircut. That was like “wow, this is amazing” and then I was totally left with this, like, Greek, frizzy mop on my head, because I had no idea how to do what he did.’

She concluded: ‘No one seems to know how to do what Chris does. I figured out that’s called creating job security, so well done Chris on that.’

Well at least it’s not just us that couldn’t cope with the iconic look – if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to burn all of the photos of us in the 90s.

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Trump says he is talking to former adviser Powell about U.N. job

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he has been talking with Goldman Sachs executive Dina Powell, one of his former advisers, about possibly succeeding Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


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Fantastic Fest 2018: 3 to See on the Lighter Side, Featuring Nicolas Cage, Talking Animals and French Criminals

Fantastic Fest 2018: 3 to See on the Lighter Side, Featuring Nicolas Cage, Talking Animals and French Criminals

The annual Fantastic Fest is known for showcasing strange and often disturbing films. See, for example, our recent coverage of the deeply unsettling Suspiria. 

Yet the festival's focus on wild, crazy and freaky movies also embraces titles on the lighter, more fantastical side of the genre spectrum. Here are three examples of somewhat "lighter" movies that recently screened at the festival in Austin, Texas. 
 

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