Headlines: Highland View Academy Goes 100% Solar

(Spectrumbot) #1

Happy Earth Day from Spectrum! In this week's Adventist-related news headlines,

Adventist Academy Goes Solar to Save Money. Highland View Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland will receive 100 percent of its electricity, 1.2 million kilowatts of electricity yearly, from solar panels installed by SolarCity, the largest provider of solar energy in the United States.  The academy will save approximately $30,000 each year. From Columbia Union Visitor, "Solar Field to Shave $30,000 Annually from HVAS Electric Bill."

New Visitor Center for White Estate. A new visitor center at the Ellen White Estate in Silver Springs, Maryland has opened after eight months of remodeling.  The center is divided into two parts: one devoted to the life of Ellen White and the other to her ministry.  It contains original historic documents, memorabilia, interactive activities, and a multimedia presentation.  Tours of the White Estate will begin June 1 every half hour during business hours Monday through Thursday. From Adventist Review, "Ellen White Gets a World-Class Visitors Center."

Hinsdale Receives Magnet Rating for Excellent Nursing. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois has earned the ANCC Magnet designation for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Only seven percent of U.S. hospitals have met the criteria required. Hinsdale Hospital provided the ANCC with quantifiable data in a 350-page document which was independently verified by the organization through patient, nurse, and community interviews. From Patch.com, "Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Achieves Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence."

Angolan Adventist Offshoot Kills Nine Police Officers. Members of a small Angolan Adventist offshoot dubbed "Light of the World" assassinated nine policemen in the central Huambo Province. The group's leader José Julino Kalupeteka has been detained by the police. According to reports, members of the sect left the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Angola and started a group that Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos has called a threat to peace and national unity. From All Africa, "Angola: Head of State Regrets Death of Policemen."

La Sierra University Enactus Team Places 2nd in National Competition. La Sierra University's Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) team placed 2nd in a national competition behind Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Enactus is a non-profit organization "committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world." More than 200 colleges and universities participated in this year's Enactus competition. From La Sierra University, "La Sierra University Enactus team second in nation at U.S. competition."


Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, CA.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6769

(k_Lutz) #2

Actually, the sun is the largest solar provider of solar energy in the US. What SolarCity provides is the conversion process of solar energy into electricity.

However, I do celebrate that this institution is reducing the negative impact of Adventism upon the earth. And pray that the denomination as a whole endorses the custodial aspects of our relationship to God and His creation.

Trust The Process.

(jeremy) #3

i’m excited about the new visitor center at the ellen white estate…i’ll for sure be doing the tour the next time i’m in silver springs…

(Kevin Paulson) #4

I’m excited both about the new visitor center at the White Estate and Highland View Academy’s embrace of solar energy. Greater exposure for God’s gift of prophecy, as well as reducing harm inflicted on God’s natural kingdom, are both imperatives for God’s end-time church.

(Steve Mga) #5

How do we allay the Fears of Angolans about Seventh Day Adventists killing more policemen?
People not in the know have no idea about various groups of SDAs. All they will hear is SDA. Maybe even retaliate in kind someway against church property, against members.

(Kim Green) #6

Yeah, Highland View Academy!

(Pagophilus) #7

I don’t know how it works in the US but in Australia solar is wholly not worth it unless you consume most of your energy during the day when the sun is shining, or unless you have storage batteries which are very expensive. You will not be 100% solar unless you have an oversized system with batteries, in which case the savings are doubtful, because the cost of the system will outweigh the savings, and you will have to think about replacing panels and batteries in 15-20 years. So, is it really necessary, will there really be a saving, or is it just pandering to environmentalist bandwagons?

(Andrew) #8

In the UK, you sell your excess back to the national grid… They pay you a guaranteed rate. So no need for batteries. It makes it a worthwhile long term investment.

(le vieux) #10

This is why I’ve never gone solar. My roof is facing south (wrong direction for Australia :wink: ), and would be ideal, but the start-up costs are prohibitive, and I won’t live long enough to recoup them, even if I did go solar. I think it’s great that the Academy is doing this though.

For those who are into nature, that particular academy has one of the best nature centers (which is used for summer camp, as well) I’ve ever seen. It rivals the collections found at many colleges. It is a mini-natural history museum, but without the myths of evolution.

(Pagophilus) #11

In Australia you do too, although the feed in rate is very poor ( let’s say 1/4 or less of what it costs you to buy electricity), unless you were one of the first to jump in.

(Andrew) #12

Oh, that’s not good. In the UK, the feed price is above the standard rate.

(jeremy) #13

in the news, lately, has been obama’s plans to go to florida’s everglades to discuss climate change…many things can be read into these plans, all of which likely contain some amount of truth…what contains the most amount of truth is the fact that florida’s southeast is experiencing an alarming sea level rise, which is kind of too bad, since fort lauderdale and miami beach are my favorite beaches in the entire world…

whatever the causes, something has to be done to slow the rate of a real climate change that’s happening if life as we know it is to continue…

(Steve Mga) #14

The Earth has Always had climate change.
There are remnants of civilizations OFF the Coast of Florida. Way out in the water.
Also, at one time, the Ocean and Gulf were lapping waves on the shore around here in Macon, GA.
Unfortunately, we 21st Century earth dwellers are not like the Indians whose land we took. They were content to move about with the climate change in their Mobile Homes.
We 21st Century dwellers are not conveniently mobile.
So this alarms us. And has consequences for us and for our coastal cities.

(jeremy) #15

i think you’re right, steve…previous civilizations would have adapted to environmental changes stemming from climate changes, if they even noticed them…but whether we believe climate change is man-made or not, because climate change comes with measurable and devastating environmental effects, and because we know we can slow climate change, it’s to our advantage to do so…

i think this is the real message of the green mvt…whether climate change is natural or not is beside the point…

(George Tichy) #16

Man…, you must be very old by now… :smile:

(George Tichy) #17

Nah… Rush Limbaugh says there is nothing like climate change or global warming… :wink:

(jeremy) #18

lol…that guy is nuts…sometimes i wonder whether he really believes what he’s saying, or whether he’s saying what he knows his followers want him to say for the sake of the big bucks he earns…

(le vieux) #19

Now you’re catching on, you young whippersnapper. :slight_smile: