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June 9 review of MVHS Solar Carport

Original post made by [removed], Alamo, on May 30, 2011

Dear Editor,

Alamo region neighborhoods are preparing for discussion of the solar power generation facility to be built in Alamo at Monte Vista High School. On June 9, 2011, the Alamo Improvement Association (AIA) board meeting at Creekside Church should have the current AIA board and AIA board candidates in attendance to invite visual review and discussion of such massive solar power generation stations that are marketed as "solar carports" Web Link.

Monte Vista's parking lot in Alamo sits in basin below the surrounding neighborhoods. Neighbors will be looking down on SRVUSD's Solar Power Generation facility and such a view may be reviewed as "solar project photo examples" at Web Link. AS your readers review the examples it should be realized that SRVUSD and Sunpower Corporation have not disclosed a final design or the height of the structure that requires clearance for safety vehicles (fire engines).

The purpose of the AIA meeting is to have disclosure of the MVHS solar power generation facility plans as actual drawings, renderings, and site plans so neighbors of MVHS can have full knowledge of the visual impact prior to start of construction. SRVUSD board has been requested to present their plans at the AIA board meeting with a copy of that request to Assembly Member Joan Buchanan. It is the expressed desire of Alamo region neighborhoods to have the SRVUSD board present the full visual impact of the solar power generation facility. Further, neighborhoods will rely on Assembly Member Buchanan to represent MVHS neighbors to the assembly committee that oversees SRVUSD facilities development.

For those who have not seen a solar carport with emergence vehicle access height, please visit the 1700 block of Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill CA.

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Posted by dbrower
a resident of Alamo
on May 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Looks great! The best document is the booard presentation from Oct 2010, Web Link which has renderings of the different locations. You will need a recent Powerpoint or OpenOffice with the powerpoint 2007 XML filter to view. (It would have been nice if someone had saved it as a PDF, hint, hint.)

The arrays look like oversized white trellises or reasonable proportion as compared to acres of monolithic panel. The visual breakup is enabled by the use of trackers.


-dB


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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Hal...get over it...Tri Valley corridor neighborhood groups have assembled, spoken, and wish you will have your medication sought, adjusted, or simply taken, whatever the case may be. Volunteer somewhere, anywhere...I know you yearn to be useful and listened to, but it is not in this forum.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

Sun to Energy is a total waste...Now, Waste Conversion to Energy is the future.

Constructing a solar power generation facility at MVHS is a grave mistake.

And jrm, why are you jumping on Hal?

Take a look at the wed link regarding solar carports...it's all marketing to the masses that don't have a clue.

A total waste of taxpayers money...but nothing new. I'm sure Buchanan will put on her GREEN dress and screw the taxpayers.

Thanks for listening, Julia from Alamo


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Posted by [removed]
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

Dear Editor,

The practical uses of solar photovoltaic generation are proven in Europe, Asia and are only emerging in North America. It is understandable that local residents would question older technologies using crystalline glass panels that require exceptional superstructure to carry the weight and trackers to focus the face of such panels to the sun. It is old technology not aesthetically suitable to installations in neighborhoods.

New technologies as multi-layer thin film and even more recent commercialization provide lightweight, plug-n-play panels that can lie on a roof with little weight. Elemental lens technology allows such light-weight panels to gather sunlight at extreme angles eliminating the need for tracking superstructures. The overall appearance is that of a dark colored composite roof and would suit the main Danville campus of MVHS without offending the view of Alamo neighbors.

Next month, Intersolar North America trade exposition will be in San Francisco for those that want first-hand review of new, very vital solar power generation technology.


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Posted by askidoo
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The AIA a private dues paying homeowner's association that, like any other citizen in an unincorporated area like Alamo, can make their thoughts known to the County. Those thoughts may be accepted or rejected. They are not government. They are not decision makers. SRVUSD doesn't need to present to them nor do any others on planning decisions.


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Posted by [removed]
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Dear Editor,

The Alamo Improvement Association ("AIA") is representative of a majority of residents in Alamo through direct membership and membership of representatives of neighborhood, business district and community groups. The AIA board advises county departments, commissions, committees and councils on the will and interests of Alamo region residents. Since the AIA is an independent voice for the majority of Alamo region residents, the impact at the highest level of the county, and onward to state and federal levels if necessary, is acknowledged as representative of the Alamo region.

SRVUSD answers to a state assembly committee with Assembly Member Buchanan as a member. AIA addressed the issue of a massive solar power generation station in Alamo at MVHS to Assembly Member Buchanan as a request for state review of the height and visual appearance of the proposed power station. No other representative or any council has addressed this exceptional potential impact on Alamo neighborhoods or does any county supervisor, their staff and volunteers have any more potential influence with SRVUSD or the state assembly committee that determines such impact on Alamo neighborhoods.

The AIA review represents the full wealth, resources and counsel of Alamo region neighborhoods and provides challenge to SRVUSD and state committees to consider the overall options the Alamo region could employ in defense of neighborhoods.


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