Ugly is built downtown
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by [removed], San Ramon Valley High School,
on Aug 4, 2011
West Danville neighborhoods have been introduced to UGLY in the same manner as MVHS neighbors. SRVHS has its own solar power generation station under construction that offends neighbors and Iron Horse Trail users enough to add their angry voices against the SRVUSD board. And still there is no coverage or SRVUSD commentary to answer such anger.
"What if Trader Joe's wanted to build a solar carport?" noted Andrea, "Would Danville stand idly by and let it happen?" Clearly, Danville government would not likely let such an ugly indistrial structure be built elsewhere in the downtown so it forces the question of why SRVUSD was allowed to be so offensive?
It will be interesting news to see how such anger translates in the 2012 SRVUSD board elections and any further parcel tax measure.
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Posted by R.M.
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:59 am
Duffy, Gaby, Cathy, Susan, JJJ-
Qualified School Construction bonds are from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Remember that whole recession and people out of work thing? These bonds were initiated to put skilled people to work. Financial analysts reviewed this project for over a year, it took several highly skilled and trained PV-engineers to design, hundreds of skilled construction workers and contractors will be building this project.
Think of it like the New Deal from the depressionů that took government money too, and is still paying dividends (in fact, many of those FILTHY powerplants you all seem to love, were built with this kind of money). But of course, its not built in your backyard, but someone much less wealthy than you. The panels are manufactured in Milpitas keeping the jobs at home and not outsourcing the manufacturing abroad. Decreasing trade deficits one project at a time. Try buying American more often!
Schools that needed the money were allocated it first Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, Compton, LA, Long beach got this money over 2 years ago already. If the money does not get allocated by the district within the year it is distributed, it gets returned to the California Department of Educationů use it or lose it. The money is backed by bonds which were released to investors who believe in safe, long term investments. Considering MVHS and SRV have rebuilt almost every building on their campus since 2000, they have decided to use the money to generate INCOME over the next 40 years.
Hal, and others- Sunpower tilt-axis systems are not antiquated. They are some of the most efficient systems the world has. Billions of dollars are being spent on systems like this because they are 1) consistent 2) cheaper than traditional methods of generating power 3) are proven. The cost of a manufacturing facility for panels like this is over $2BN, do you realize how DIFFICULT it would be to change a $2BN facility to produce a completely different type of panel? These types of panels will be supported for a long time and come with a 25 year warranty- the manufacturers have this taken care of.
Think of it like this- Energy consuming devices change rapidly (your Flat screen TV, computer, etc). Energy PRODUCING devices stay the same with time. Power is power. Coal, oil, hydro, solar, wind. Have been around for decades and the technology REALLY hasnt changed.
Sunpower is a premier commercial solar intergrator in the world. They are very high quality, have integrated thousands of large projects worldwide with governments, schools, and commercial buildings.
They are using the high efficiency panels for $2 million in savings a year to the school. MINIMUM expected lifespan of the system is 25 years, realistically 40 because their panels degrade at .8%/yr.
Thin film, or light-weight roof applications that someone suggested degrade rapidly. They're cheap cheap cheap, and produce almost no power after year 7 and contains VERY TOXIC chemicals.
Dare I say, the people who research the financials/construction on SunPower projects have more expertise than anyone complaining on this forum.
Julia Pardini- energy must be solved comprehensively. Coal and oil will only get us so far. Same with solar. Solar, wind, and hydropower are solutions we NEED to use TOGETHER for a growing popoulation and aging energy grid. Did you know that almost 10% of energy is LOST when transported from huge powerplants to your home. What waste! That said, your large powerplants will still be here for years to come, so dont fret. Keep buying power from PGE which increases in price at 7% a year. Ill keep my solar which I will buy once, and use for the rest of my life at 1/3 of the cost of what you are doing.
I'd like to think that I have time to speak with each one of you openly about solar, but I know that you have already made up your minds, mostly with outdated, inaccurate information.
I find myself feeling obligated to correct you with facts.
I expected a better more educated response from such a 'respectable' community.
Now, back to work.