Town Square

Post a New Topic

Town considers adding solar panels to several sites

Original post made on Jul 24, 2012

The plan would put solar panel carports at four town-owned sites: the town offices, Diablo Vista Park, Sycamore Valley Park and the adjacent maintenance center. Solar panels would offset 73 percent of the total electrical usage at those sites, said Development Services Director Steve Lake.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 23, 2012, 4:26 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by LC, a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Jul 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

Our San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been thrilled with their solar project, which has been producing even more electricity than was predicted. Our son loves having shaded parking at Monte Vista High School as well. This sounds like a great idea that could create local jobs, help our town's finances, and be beneficial to the environment.

Posted by tom, a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

I would suggest you do the math.. and see how much you really save, over the 25 year life. if you think there will be no problems along that 25 year journey... just like our brillant schools you will be fooled.

Posted by spcwt, a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

How funny LC says solar panels have environmental benefits and provide shaded parking. ha ha.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Saves money, reduces emissions from power generation, and provides shade. All important benefits. Unless you are a habitual naysayer.

Posted by Big Mike, a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Too bad tom and spcwt don't see any positives in the proposal. Negatives with no recommendations for energy savings.

Posted by tom, a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

To big Mike ..perhaps you should show the pluses in black and white as i said do the math and then get back to me....

Posted by sponge_bob_roundpants, a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

Tom, ever heard of warranties? and warranties which provide compensation for lost power? They DO exist.
Seems to me you should do a little research (what's that saying - "engage brain before opening mouth")?

Posted by spcwt, a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

The environmental benefits from these solar panels are negligible to non-existent. This would be true even if we increased their numbers by a factor of 1,000. In effect, it's like pouring a gallon of water on the Sahara and thinking it would help turn it into a garden paradise. It won't.

We lie to ourselves, saying these solar panels will help the environment, in order to assuage our guilt for destroying the planet with the toxins that come from our cars' tailpipes and our carbon-based economy. Solar panels are our penance. But they no more help our environment than self-flagellation helps a sinner. Our planet is dying. These solar panels are too little too late.

So yeah, I'm laughing at irony of someone saying they're helping the environment while at the same time enjoying shade for their car.

Posted by tom, a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

sponge bob you are correct one of us should engage the brain go back to my first question do the math show me where the money is saved even with a warranty i will wait for your answer since you have your brain engaged

Posted by Sam, a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

spcwt doesn't realize how quickly solar power is growing, one project at a time.

HIs/her alternative for saving the planet is what? To do nothing?

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions
By Elizabeth LaScala | 1 comment | 2,302 views

New heights for NIMBYs
By Tim Hunt | 31 comments | 1,500 views

Weekly, TV30 to host Pleasanton mayoral, city council candidates' forum
By Gina Channell-Allen | 2 comments | 1,045 views

Earthquake Insurance
By Roz Rogoff | 4 comments | 813 views

Merger of Music and Painting
By John A. Barry | 0 comments | 141 views