Austin Central Library Saves $100,000 Annually with Apparent’s Intelligent Grid Operating System Optimizing 180KW Solar Array

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To help meet the City of Austin’s goal to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2035, Austin Central Library (ACL) is utilizing energy management technology from Apparent, Inc to gain 30 percent higher utilization out of one of downtown’s largest solar arrays. Apparent was the only energy management company capable of meeting Austin Energy’s strict grid synchronization requirements, with a hardware and software solution that results in more than $100,000 in annual savings, enough to power 130 households per year. Apparent’s cloud-based, intelligent grid operating system (igOS™) is managing the 180 kW solar array at the library, consisting of 555 325-watt solar panels and Apparent’s proprietary microinverters. The system produced 157.35 MWh in 2019.

“Our team at Austin Central Library strives to incorporate sustainable measures within our buildings,” said Sharon Herfurth, Office of Programs & Partnerships and Division Manager

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Zilker Bark Returns To Help Austin Pet Lovers Make Holiday Cards

AUSTIN, TX — Zilker Bark — Austin’s favorite dog photographer — on Monday announced the return of Holiday Mini-sessions starting later this month, yielding opportunities for pet lovers to create holiday cards or keepsakes of their furry BFFs.

Starting Oct. 24, Austin-based Wondercide will partner with Zilker Bark to offer session guests a special holiday bonus gift that gives back, officials said in an advisory. With each purchase of a mini session, guests will receive a limited-edition Wondercide sampler box featuring its signature Flea & Tick Pet + Home sprays in all four fresh scents (Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Peppermint).

Proceeds from these sampler boxes will be donated to Dog is My Copilot, a non-profit that has saved more than 16,000 pets by flying at-risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other parts of the country where loving families are waiting to give them forever homes. Wondercide is

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Nate Paul’s World Class files more bankruptcies – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Amid allegations of possible crimes in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office relating to beleaguered Austin investor Nate Paul, four more real estate entities controlled by Paul and his company, World Class Property, have filed for bankruptcy.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcies this week bring the total filings by Paul-controlled entities to 22 since last November, although two cases were dismissed last month by a bankruptcy judge because Paul lacked standing to file them.

Paul remains under federal investigation after his home and offices were searched by federal agents in August 2019.

One of Austin’s largest commercial landlords, Paul has for the past year customarily filed bankruptcies at the 11th hour to keep lenders from foreclosing on his various properties. His holdings include numerous high-profile downtown properties, as well as the 156-acre campus in far Northwest Austin that 3M formerly occupied.

The latest bankruptcy filings come as Paul emerges front and

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