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  1. How does solar power affect your home's roof?

    A lot of things happen to homeowners after they purchase solar energy systems for their homes. Not only do they receive their first surprising $0 utility bill, they also start thinking hard about the ways they use energy throughout their home. Lights left on casually while you go to work? No more! But not only does solar power revolutionize your perception of your home’s energy, it also has a huge effect on your home’s roof as well—sometimes for better and for worse. Solar energy systems can help keep your shingles intact longer and may give you some food for thought on your next roof replacement. Here’s what you need to know about solar when it comes to your roof. Solar Panels Could Prolong the Life of Your Shingles Asphalt roofs may degrade over time when exposed to constant, intense UV radiation. You can think about your shingles like you do your skin—too much sunlight can cause premature damage and aging. Solar panels , on the other hand, act like a sun shade for your roof, contributing to better overall performance. That means you won’t have to repair or replace your shingles as often. Similarly, panels protect delicate asphalt shingles from damaging hail. Panels are sealed in reinforced glass that can withstand extreme weather—so that’s definitely a plus if you live in an area prone to storms. Solar Panels May Shade Your Interiors in Summer Panels not only shade your roof—that protection translates to your home as well. Many homeowners have remarked that their interiors feel cooler after their systems were installed, particularly in the area directly under the panels. Of course, the opposite is true in the winter, so it’s important to select the part of your roof that gets the most sun for your installation. Solar Panels May Make Roof Replacements Slightly More Complicated In your life before solar, when you needed a new roof, you just called up a roofing company and had them get to work. But a solar rooftop requires the system to be carefully uninstalled and stored while the roof is replaced. Typically, a solar company can do this work for you—but they may charge a small fee for the job. That’s why it’s a smart idea to consider the life of your roof and potentially have a new one installed before you spring for solar panels. That way, you’ll have ten years or more before you need to start thinking about taking your panels down. Solar Panels Affect Your Home’s Curbside Appeal Let’s face it—not everyone is crazy about the way solar looks. Solar panels will definitely change your home’s exterior appearance, but there are ways around it if you don’t like their look. Some alternatives? Install your panels on a garage or pergola to maintain the look and feel of your existing roof. You can also opt for vertical orientations—or even try out Tesla’s new solar tiles—to keep a sleek and modern feel. Additionally, keep in mind that consumer studies have shown that solar panels increase home property values, particularly in areas with high average utility Solar Panels Could Cause Your Roof to Leak—Although Leaks Are Very Rare In rare cases, a solar installation could cause leaks to form in your home’s interior. Generally, the system’s racking equipment is attached directly to your roof decking, meaning that the installer must cut into the roof to mount your panels. And as with any opening in your roof’s surface, there’s the potential for leaks to spring up around these protrusions. A solar installer should seal the openings with flashing and add a flashing pan to redirect water off of your roof—and that process makes leaks a very rare event indeed. Still, you should ask your installer how they handle leaks, and whether or not they cover these types of repairs—before you sign a contract. Essentially, solar panels are just like any remodel, so it pays to weigh the costs and benefits before you spring for a new system. Still, with the potential to pay little to nothing for electricity and an increasingly quicker return on investment turnaround, solar is looking better and better all the time.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  2. Hail causes $5mn in damages at nuclear power plant

    A hail storm caused at least $5 million in damage to the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska.

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    Tue, 1 Jul 2014

  3. Westar works to restore power after storms hit Kansas

    Westar expected total power restoration by Wednesday evening 

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    Wed, 5 Oct 2016

  4. Seabed Geosolutions signs contract extension with ADNOC

    Seabed Geosolutions, in cooperation with CGG, has secured a new extension to its ongoing shallow-water operations in the UAE.

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    Thu, 6 Oct 2016

  1. Flame resistant clothing manufacturer contributes to breast cancer awareness for women

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  2. OMV, Oxy join ADNOC in exploration offshore Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., OMV, and Occidental Petroleum have signed a contract to explore Abu Dhabi’s North-West Offshore, including the Ghasha and Hail areas.

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    Mon, 21 Mar 2016

  3. ADNOC and OXY sign $500M technical agreement

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) has signed a technical agreement with Occidental Petroleum Corp. to develop the offshore al- Hail and Ghasha oil fields in the Persian Gulf, according to Reuters.

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    Tue, 10 Feb 2015

  4. Groups hail rebuke of SEC disclosure rule

    Industry groups hailed a court decision vacating a Securities and Exchange Commission requirement for increased disclosure by US energy companies of international financial information.

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    Tue, 2 Jul 2013

  5. Partners hail Galvea oil discovery as 'most significant' pre-salt oil find in the Campos Basin

    Repsol Sinopec has discovered oil with its exploration well 1-REPF-11A-RJ at Gavea – hailed by the partners as the “most significant” oil discovery to date in the pre-salt area of the Campos Basin offshore Brazil.

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    Tue, 28 Jun 2011

  6. Offshore Abu Dhabi to be evaluated in 4-year work program

    Austria’s OMV AG said it signed a technical evaluation agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) and Occidental Petroleum Corp. for several undeveloped oil and gas fields in northwest offshore Abu Dhabi.

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    Mon, 21 Mar 2016

  7. Canadian Oil Sands urges shareholders to ignore Suncor offer

    Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. is again urging shareholders to ignore the “undervalued and opportunistic” offer from Suncor Energy Inc. Both companies are based in Calgary.

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    Wed, 30 Dec 2015

  8. COP21 deal hailed but big gap must be bridged for delivery

    Global leaders were united in proclaiming the success of the COP21 talks in Paris on Friday but a gap remains between what has been targeted and the collective promises made by individual countries in achieving the aim.

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    Mon, 14 Dec 2015

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