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June 9 review of MVHS Solar Carport

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

Dear Editor,

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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.


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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'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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