Presenting - Alex Winch & Beaches Solar LaundromatOver the last year or so I have had the opportunity to interview many fa...
condensate h2o is not re-used within the laundromat out of problem for lint contaminants of the water.To illustrate the fu...
out his first hedge fund which was followed in 1993 from the opening of an place of work at 667 carpark Avenue in new york...
that solar heat energy generated, regardless of where they might be located.The benefit to the customer is that they dont ...
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Presenting - Alex Winch & Beaches Solar Laundromat

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  • 1. Presenting - Alex Winch & Beaches Solar LaundromatOver the last year or so I have had the opportunity to interview many fascinating personalities:tourism professionals , authors, philanthropists, and enlightened entrepreneurs. For my articlesequence about Torontos seaside neighbourhood, I have exclusively been looking to interviewbusiness owners who have think of socially and enviroment innovative business ideas.Michael Prue, the Provincial Member of Parliament for that Beaches / eastern York, pointed us in thedirection of Alex Winch, owner of the seaside Solar Laundromat. It may seem - a laundry mat , howcan that end up being an interesting business? properly , read on and you will see that this businessand its owner are definitely outside the usual.Early this frosty Thursday morning i met Alex at his premises about Queen Street eastern and got anintroduction to this unusual business. While Alex bought the actual laundromat in 2002 it wasoutdated and dingy, so Alex got to work and swapped out almost half the actual washers and blowdryers with new high-efficiency machines. He also put the place via a complete cosmetic renovateand brightened it down considerably.But where it gets really interesting is behind the scenes, in which the entire operational procedure forthe laundromat has been redesigned. Alex always wanted to turn this business in to a leading-edgeenvironmentally eco friendly business. So in October of 2002 he ordered eight solar panels whichwere commissioned in December of 2002. Alex had planned all along to utilize solar energy for heatthe water needed in their laundry facility.Alex explained that the eight solar panels on their buildings roof evaluate about 250 sq. Ft. And wereinstalled by a company called Solcan, located in birmingham , Ontario. The energy panels include acoating of black birdwatcher with a four " copper vane that contains a three/eighths " copper tubetogether with antifreeze flowing by way of it. This antifreeze consists of food-grade propylene glycoland geneva chamonix transfers the heat energy in the roof through the entire system down to a hightemperature exchanger in the attic. Even if there was any leak in the antifreeze conduits, this wouldnot contaminate the water present.The anti-freeze features a freezing point of -25 degrees Celsius at which point the glycerin gels,shutting lower the solar h2o heating system since the glycerin simply stops transferring inside thetubes. In this case a natural gas copy boiler system begins and starts heat the water.In a persons eye of making his company more environmentally eco friendly , Alex has also swappedout the lighting system and installed new high-efficiency fluorescent pipes that are under thealuminum reflector. The actual reflector essentially enhances the light output in the actual fluorescentpipes. Combined with high-efficiency electric lighting ballasts, this measure alone features resulted inlighting energy savings of 72%. Alex adds these energy-conservation measures are essential sincethe lights in their business are on for 18 hours per day , 7 days a week.One of the first stuff Alex explained to me has been an air trainer above the door which in turn drawswarm damp air in in the Laundromat, runs that through coils and dehumidifies the air. The actualcondensation is grabbed and gets transferred through a pipe system into a basement drain. The
  • 2. condensate h2o is not re-used within the laundromat out of problem for lint contaminants of the water.To illustrate the function of his firms solar water furnace , Alex took me in to the basement where heor she showed me an assortment of h2o tanks, piping and sophisticated measuring products thatcalculates the actual energy output and natural gas displacement supplied by this solar h2o heatingsystem.In the actual basement there are two various water heating devices : the solar furnace that works witha high temperature exchanger and a 200 gallon warm water hard drive tank, and a copy natural gasheating system that utilizes a natural gas boiler with a separate a 100 gallon hot water hard drivetank. The independent 100 gallon hard drive tank replaces two 200 gallon hard drive tanks that werepreviously used. The new natural gas boiler can heat hundred gallons of h2o in seven minutes , andthis new scaled-down and more efficient system provides "just-in-time" h2o heating, and only heatswater when needed. The additional benefit of this system is that it stores an extremely smallerquantity of trouble which significantly decreases energy losses through water storage.The buildings brick fireplace was knocked into roof-level and now is a conduit for that pipes holdingthe actual glycol that circulates up to the solar panel systems on the roof. From the cells the heatedglycerin then travels back off to the basement, passes through a heat exchanger and heats the hotwater for the washing facilities. A second high temperature exchanger heats h2o that circulates withthe radiators and provides the area heating for the creating. An air conditioning system links threevarious air handlers within the building The water temp for the laundry is actually 120 degreesFahrenheit (about 55 certifications Celsius) which is adequate to dissolve washing soap, resulting inabsolutely no additional heat reduction.All the cooling and heating processes are governed by thermostats, and also a sophisticatedmeasurement system calculates how much propane has been saved by using solar energy. Thisdimension system is connected to an internet site on the Internet (www.bslvideo.com) which providesstay energy monitoring to anybody who is inquisitive.The website also provides a "live washing cam" that allows consumers of the Beach pv Laundromatto see just how busy the laundry mat is. Alex features installed a low-resolution camera to improvecustomer care so his customers can conveniently verify from home when a good time for carrying outlaundry would be. A second high-resolution camera, as their images are not freely available , wasinstalled for security purposes considering that the laundromat is not regularly staffed. Some of thecustomers were originally interested in the cameras invasion on their privacy, nevertheless once Alexspelled out that the low quality cameras would not present sufficiently clear photographs to identifythem (or perhaps their dirty washing ), those concerns were alleviated.Obviously Alex has a great link with technology, and as he or she was trying to describe the intricateinformation on his solar furnace to me - a total novice to items such as heat exchangers andvolumetric circulation meters - industry experts him if he or she was an professional. He explainedthat he managed to graduate in 1985 through engineering physics at Queens University. Four yearslater he or she added the designation of chartered financial analyst to their resume and set upwardshis own company to offer research about Canadian stocks to us all hedge funds. In 1990 he started
  • 3. out his first hedge fund which was followed in 1993 from the opening of an place of work at 667 carpark Avenue in new york. Based on his accomplishment , he retired in 1995, an event he or sherefers to as "liberty 31".After the period he became a major shareholder in a internet casino company, volunteered sincehead of entrepreneur relations and had become the Chairman of the board. Alex was not satisfiedwith the way things were run at that firm and demanded that various changes be produced. Whenmanagement did not respond to his concerns he left in 2002 and launched a hostile proxy fight threat,quite simply he threatened to look at over the company. Alex had talked to all or any theshareholders, and so they were prepared to opt for change. Alex required that the President resign orhe would "kick him out and about ".Management initially overlooked the threat, and three days after all of the management and the Boardof directors resigned and called him as the get in touch with for the company. Alex explained that in apublic company you are unable to do that, officers are not able to simply walk away from theirparticular responsibility. His law firms advised him to avoid anything. A few days after anotherdiscussion ensued with the management and Alex stated he was not going to report the hostile proxypapers. Instead he or she wanted management to make the changes he had wanted , otherwise hewould take legal action against them for willful damages.The internet casino companys management reacted by issuing your firm stand out rescinding theirresignation and implementing the changes that Alex had demanded. Over the last few years the stockbenefit has multiplied 7 times, the company is actually profitable and Alex Winch is one of the biggestshareholders.At the period Alex was typically disenchanted with open public capital markets, and decided to createhis own small business. Living just five minutes aside , he immediately viewed the laundromat while itbecame on sale and concluded that it may be an opportunity for an fascinating engineering project.And that is how the story started out.Alex interesting enterprize model for the laundromat also includes a wash and fold service which isoffered by two local ladies from friday to Friday in between 1 and 7 pm. The "fluff and fold" assistanceaffords customers the actual convenience of simply shedding off their washing and picking it downcompletely done after. Alex does not demand the two ladies for running their company out of hislaundry mat , but his company benefits from greater potential utilization and load-shifting from thebusy night time and weekend a long time to less active daytime hours, making a win-win situation forhis business, the actual wash and collapse service providers and the consumers. Alex Winchconstantly strives to find remedies that will provide the finest possible benefit to every personconcerned.But Alexs knowledge of renewable energy generation and innovative company models did not ceasewith the Beach pv Laundromat: Alex blended his unique procedure for on-site energy generation andmonitoring and turned it in to a successful international professional venture. Alex created MondialEnergy, an organization with global abilities to install solar h2o heating equipment, full of the requisiteoverseeing systems, that creates solar thermal energy at the customers internet site and charges for
  • 4. that solar heat energy generated, regardless of where they might be located.The benefit to the customer is that they dont need to invest in the expensive up-front capital costs toget their solar h2o heating systems up and running. Instead, Mondial owns and operates the actualhardware to generate the energy , and it assumes the maintenance responsibility for the products.Customers are and then billed at a set monthly rate, based on how much energy the equipmentcreates.For customers to be able to lock in energy costs is an important factor in an atmosphere of fluctuatingand increasing energy prices. In addition, the price of the actual solar energy delivered is leaner thanthe cost of any comparable amount of propane , making this an increasingly desirable alternative toconventional propane water heating. Final , but not least, energy production is completelyenvironmentally friendly , free of greenhouse unwanted gas.Today, Alex is actually involved in several large-scale sustainable energy retrofitting projects intoronto : In November 2006 , Mondial Energy commissioned a renewable energy energy system forthat domestic water wants at a 172 collection seniors residence, run by a local non-profit organizationcalled neighbourhood Link Homes. Mondial installed 60 toned plate solar panels that happen to beexpected to reduce once-a-year carbon dioxide emissions simply by 40.3 tonnes and will billneighbourhood Link monthly at affordable rates.Solar energy generated simply by Mondial Energy will also provide water heat at Woodenvironmentally friendly Community Housing corporation., a 170 system social housing internet siteon Queen avenue East in toronto. 108 solar panels will displace an estimated thirty-two ,000 cubicmetres of gas, leading to 53 tons of green house gas emission savings per year.Alex clarifies that at the present time their system is most well-suited for commercial or perhaps multi-unit residential buildings. The economics for single-family private properties do not yet perform sowell, particularly since Canada gives very few incentives to switch away from conventional powers.As a result he is targeted on medium to significant size projects. A number of substantial commercialassignments are currently being discussed , including a major lodge in Atlanta and also a casino hotelin Reno. Mondial energy is also bidding with a large-scale solar h2o heating project in Hawaii.Contacts through the entire United States have been very receptive to their unique way of on-sitethermal energy generation. In a way, Alex clarifies , he has come total circle: he went from beingincluded in big corporations to becoming a small entrepreneur and is now to dealing with bigcompany.For his revolutionary sustainable energy endeavours Alex has received several awards, including theBremen Partnership Award (the actual "Bremer Umweltpreis" -- The Bremen ecological Award) fordelivering high customer benefit , wide use in town , sustainable use of h2o and solar energy as wellas for providing additional benefit in terms of "social dimensions ".Alex himself can be so highly committed to eco friendly energy that their company Mondial energyhas become a partner in creating the once-a-year Tourism Climate Change honours. Two awards of$10,000, financed by Mondial, is going to be handed out in late 2007:o your global Tourism Responsible energy Award with a world-wide focus
  • 5. o A objective Africa Responsible energy Award focusing on AfricaThe Judging Panel for that Award will include prominent figures from world-wide organizations suchas Maurice Strong from the Rio Earth Summit, Jose Maria Figueres (past-president of Costa Rica), inaddition to representatives of the nationwide Geographic Society and the UNWTO (World touristOrganization). With this prize Alex has mentioned his commitment to raising the profile of findingClimate Change remedies for the tourism field.Alex demonstrates their commitment to sustainable living even in the selection of several of hispersonal add-ons : he showed me their Citizen Eco-Drive watch , a stylish looking wristwatch whoseface is a photovoltaic cell that powers the watch, removing the need for batteries. Alex said the watchis useful for 270 days without exposure to light and Citizens marketing slogans often refer to thistimepiece as "easy ".Unstoppable is a moniker that could equally be applied to Alex Winch -- Alex will not cease until hispursuit to do his element in reducing green house emissions is accomplished.Costa Rica hotels

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