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first_imgNick Ryle uses energy stored in the Tesla Powerwall to recharge the Mland BMW i3 electric car at Harris Crossing Display Village. Picture: Shae Beplate.Does the thought of scrounging up the money to pay your energy account fill you with dread? If you live in Harris Crossing, those budget-blowing bills could be a thing of the past.Maidment Development Group, the developer behind Harris Crossing, is offering home buyers the option to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 Home Battery System for a fraction of the normal retail price.“Purchasing your new home at Harris Crossing not only means you’ll be building your future in Townsville’s newest premium estate, you’ll also have access to state-of-the-art technology that allows you to generate, store and use your own power, making skyrocketing energy bills a thing of the past,” said Nick Ryle, sales and marketing manager of Maidment Development Group.With an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year, Townsville is the perfect place to harness the sun’s energy.Yet without a Tesla Powerwall, solar users are limited to daylight hours to make the most of the energy produced by the sun.With a Tesla Powerwall, however, the storage system enables you to capture and store excess solar energy produced during the day for use at night, so consumers can enjoy the energy-saving advantages of the unit 24/7. In a great coup for Townsville, the Harris Crossing display village features the largest installation of Tesla Powerwall 2 in the country. “We are ahead of our southern counterparts and leading the way in the solar home battery technology revolution. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work from local suppliers and our partnering display village builders, who have come together to help put Townsville on the map,” said Nick. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Maidment Development Group’s new initiative is all about thinking outside the box. We don’t just take into consideration where people live, but how they live. Most Australians are looking for ways to beat the rising cost of energy bills. This offer is a great solution to that problem.” The Tesla Powerwall 2 allows homeowners to: -Store the solar energy your home harnesses during the day so you can use it at night, putting an end to skyrocketing energy bills-Use stored energy during an electrical outage-Generate revenue and turn your solar power into profit by exporting excess energy back to the grid, or potentially redistributing it to other consumers in your area-Recharge your electric car while you sleep, eliminating high fuel prices and trips to the petrol station-Take control of your own energy behaviour, understanding the how, when and why of powering your own home-Live a truly energy-independent lifestyle and save thousands of dollarslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A day before four of the company’s security guards died in Iraq, a Blackwater USA employee wrote company officials that it was time to stop the “smoke and mirror show” and provide crucial equipment for the private army in the field. “I need Comms (communications equipment). … I need ammo. … I need Glocks and M4s. … Guys are in the field with borrowed stuff and in harm’s way,” said the e-mail, released at a House hearing Wednesday. Blackwater’s Iraq operations manager at the time, Tom Powell, wrote the memo to other company officials March 30, 2004. The next day, a mob in Fallujah ambushed a supply convoy guarded by Blackwater, killing the four employees who all were former members of the military. The incident brought to U.S. television some of its most gruesome images of the Iraq war. The guards’ bodies were dragged through the streets and mutilated and two of the corpses were strung from a bridge. In a related development, an Army procurement official, Tina Ballard, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the military service has withheld $19.6 million from Halliburton subsidiary KBR. The penalty resulted from the Army’s discovery, after months of denials to committee members, that Blackwater was hired as a subcontractor under KBR’s support operations for the U.S. military in Iraq. The contract prohibited hiring private guards, leaving that job to the U.S. military. The Powell memo was released after four family members of the men killed in Fallujah testified at the hearing that their loved ones were not given the armored vehicles, heavy weapons and other protections they were promised. “Did Blackwater meet its responsibilities?” asked committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. “Yes we did,” Andrew Howell, general counsel of Blackwater, replied. “Have you skimped on equipment?” asked Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah. “We have not skimped on equipment, no sir,” Howell said. The hearing became emotional when Kathryn Helvenston-Wettengel, mother of slain Blackwater guard Stephen Scott Helvenston, read a statement on behalf of the families. She stopped several times to collect herself. The three men killed in addition to Helvenston – a former Navy SEAL – were Wesley Batalona, a former Army Ranger represented by his daughter Kristal; Michael Teague, formerly in an Army helicopter unit, represented by his widow, Rhonda; and Jerry Zovko, a former Army Ranger represented by his mother, Donna. The families have sued Blackwater, contending that was the only way they could learn the circumstances of the killings. Howell said the U.S. military had classified the incident and he could not discuss the details. The Blackwater attorney and several Republican lawmakers said the families were improperly trying to argue their case in a congressional hearing rather than a courtroom. Helvenston-Wettengel said the security guards were denied armored vehicles, heavy weapons and maps for their convoy routes, and that the rear gunners were removed from vehicles to perform other duties. “Blackwater gets paid for the number of warm bodies it can put on the ground in certain locations throughout the world,” she said. “If some are killed, it replaces them at a moment’s notice.” Helvenston-Wettengel said her son was alive when Iraqis tied him to his vehicle and dragged him through the streets. He eventually was decapitated. Howell said lawyers for the family members were using the hearing for their own purposes, and that it should not delve into an “incomplete and one-sided exploration of a specific battlefield incident.” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said he did not believe that the testimony was germane to a house committee scrutinizing U.S. companies with Iraq contracts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more