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Power outage at SRV High changes registration dates

Parts of San Ramon Valley High School have been without power for several weeks, causing school officials to delay one registration day for the fall semester. Students will now be able to register on Thursday, Aug. 18 and instead of Aug. 11.

Crews had to turn off the school's main switchgear, which powers the whole campus, in order to switch to solar power. Parts of the administration building have been using generator power since.

"Basically, in conjunction with the solar initiative going on at San Ramon High, we found that the main switchgear was the original equipment from the 1950s," said Terry Koehne, community relations coordinator for the school district. "The district through it best to replace that while we were doing all the solar stuff."

Generators have also been used to power the large and smalls gyms for pre-paid outside groups. Koehne said it is not cost effective to move the generators to power the commons for one day.

"Our maintenance department is pretty stretched with other campuses and, coupled with that it's a pretty involved process to change the generator from one area of campus to another, that we decided to reschedule that date," Koehne added.

For added convenience, officials will open the school on Monday, Aug. 22 from 4-7 p.m. for late registration. There will also be a last-minute registration available at 7 a.m. before school begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Before school officially begins, all other solar campuses will be without power for several days while crews test the new system. Residents are encouraged to call their schools for information on power-free days.

Comments

Posted by Dave, a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Aug 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

One more reason to hate the solar panels. The lost trees are my favorite though...


Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

Don't you think it would have been wise before committing to the siren song of solar to assess what else might be needed in order to make it work? This is why government always overrun their estimates!


Posted by Citizen Paine, a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

I thought the headline said Power OutRage -- I guess I've been reading too many of Hal's industrial-strength diatribes against these stylish and useful panels.


Posted by [clarify], a resident of Alamo
on Aug 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

Dear Editor,

Nothing provided in courtesy by news service alliance illustrates any dislike for solar panels as noted in this exchange. The issue among neighbors of SRVUSD solar power generation stations is the industrial facilities that violate surrounding zoning and provide massive industrialization in their neighborhoods. There is little cause for such industrialization based on available roof-top technologies for solar power generation.


Posted by former student, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

If maintenance is stretched, does that mean the campus and classrooms will be even more neglected than they were when I graduated in 2007? Priorities never seemed to be the practical care of facilities.


Posted by Snomis, a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

Those solar panels are the ugliest thing happening in Danville since I moved here in 1973. They really detract from the "Danville Town" image. Now they are installing them in the front of the school. How awful. What was this town thinking when they approved such an eye sore? No wonder people are thoroughly disgusted with politics and political decisions. Not only are they out of contact with the rest of the world, they don't care how much money they spend on bad ideas? How did this get passed?


Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

Dear Editor,

This exchange is about registration for SRVHS. Thus it is only a humorous diversion to discuss the industrialization of Danville downtown with a solar power generation station.

In great laughter this morning, neighbors are reminded of the Embarcadero Freeway that made the City waterfront UGLY for many years and wondered if it would be brought back as a Sunpower Solar Power Generation Station? Certainly, putting an industrial solar power generation across the front of SRVHS is reminiscent of the Embarcadero Freeway and not really funny at all.

I wonder if that REGISTERS with the SRVUSD board?

Of RALPH PUNishingly!


Posted by Nan, a resident of Diablo
on Aug 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hal, Citizen Paine, and others- I think we all appreciate the huge irony of the power "outrage." Those of us who are somewhat disgruntled by the project are waiting for a transparent analysis provided to the public/tax payers. Many of us support "green" technology, but have seen poor stewardship of local public schools for years. Given the amount of capital waste and poor prioritizing at these facilities, wouldn't it be interesting to see the actual annual energy expenditures per site? There are many issues with these facilities that are not resolved- the hard stuff has been left on the table and the flashy big project is a distraction.

l am still enjoying the comment of the prior discussion about the panels: "It's FREE government money."


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