City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

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Update by the City of Goleta
July 27, 2022

The City of Goleta celebrated the unveiling and completion of Monarch 1, the City’s first solar array, at a green ribbon-cutting [Wednesday] morning, July 27, 2022, at Goleta City Hall. The event was well-attended (approximately 60 people) and included the entire Goleta City Council, City staff, dignitaries, stakeholders, staff from neighboring jurisdictions, and community members. City of Goleta Planning and Environmental Review Director Peter Imhof and recently retired, former Sustainability Manager Cindy Moore had the honor of officially cutting the green ribbon underneath the new installation, followed by cheers from the audience. Thanks to KEYT for capturing the moment with this video clip: https://youtu.be/ydSy9Hkra2k.

The Monarch 1 Solar project will generate 210 kw of solar power, which will power nearly 100% of City Hall’s energy usage with clean, renewable energy produced on-site.Monarch 1 is wired to be micro-grid ready and includes pre-wiring for six electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in the future. Anticipated savings for the City over the 25-year lifespan of the project are estimated to be more than $270,000. This is the first solar project of many that the City hopes to install at municipal facilities to offset energy use and meet the City’s 100% renewable electricity goal by year 2030.

Prior to the cutting of the green ribbon, speakers discussed the milestone project and its significance not only to Goleta but to the region.

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “This is a truly historic day for the City of Goleta. Monarch 1 named for our famed butterfly, is the first municipal solar installation for the City and represents years of hard work and the City’s dedication to a greener, more sustainable future.”

Councilmember Kyle Richards said, “This project is not only a reminder of the City’s commitment to sustainability but a reminder that we as a community are coming together to address climate change. We are moving forward to meet our goals to reduce our carbon footprint, and in the process we are working to safeguard our region against vulnerabilities due to wildfires and grid disruptions.”

2nd District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart was impressed with the event turnout and said, ““The Goodland continues to be at the forefront of our regional efforts to advance sustainability. This project demonstrates the City of Goleta’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, while generating clean energy and putting our values into practice.”

Planning and Environmental Review Director Peter Imhof said, “The Monarch 1 Solar Project is a cornerstone of the City’s Strategic Energy Plan and our first step towards developing onsite generation at City facilities. It not only meets our environmental goals but shows fiscal prudence and responsibility.”

"Our City is committed to completing more projects like Monarch 1 to build a more climate resilient community and clean energy future,” said the City’s new Sustainability Manager Dana Murray. “I look forward to collaborating with our elected officials, staff, residents, and stakeholders to ensure that Goleta is prepared for and buffered from the local effects of climate change, while reducing our City’s carbon emissions.”

Make sure to drive by and check out Monarch 1 behind Goleta City Hall (130 Cremona Drive).

Learn more about the City’s Sustainability Program and projects at: https://cityofgoleta.org/sustainability.


Mayor Perotte speaking to the audience


Green Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Goleta's New Solar Photovoltaic Project

Source: City of Goleta
July 25, 2022

The City of Goleta invites the community to celebrate the unveiling and completion of the City’s first solar photovoltaic project, Monarch 1, on Wednesday, July 27 at 10:00 am at Goleta City Hall. The ‘green’ ribbon cutting will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the City’s Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Goleta) underneath the new installation and will feature brief remarks from City officials and elected representatives.

“This is a truly momentous occasion for our conscientious City that has been years in the making,” remarked City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte. “We hope that this is the first of many clean energy advancements for Goleta towards a brighter and more resilient future.”

The Monarch 1 Solar project will generate 210 kw of solar power, which will power nearly 100% of City Hall’s energy usage with clean, renewable energy produced on-site.Monarch 1 is wired to be micro-grid ready and includes pre-wiring for six electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in the future. Anticipated savings for the City over the 25-year lifespan of the project is estimated to be more than $270,000. This is the first solar project of many that the City hopes to install at municipal facilities to offset energy use and meet the City’s 100% renewable electricity goal by year 2030.

Joining the ribbon cutting will be the City’s new Sustainability Manager, Dana Murray, who brings a wealth of environmental experience from the City of Manhattan Beach. We hope you will stop by and welcome her to Goleta! The City is excited to continue to advance clean energy projects with new leadership and to build upon the foundation set by the City’s ambitious goals and the work of its staff. 

Learn more about the City’s Sustainability Program and projects at: https://www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/sustainability-climate-adaptation

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edney Jul 25, 2022 02:16 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Never mind.
I looked it up myself.

I remember when GE announced it was trying to develop a window glass for high rise buildings that would also act as a solar panel. That would be very cool.

I'm hopeful that over the next 25 years they figure out how to recycle these panels. Although over 90% of the materials are recyclable, the panel are not currently able to be recycled and in California are disposed of as "Hazardous waste"

Via West Coast Solar

"More than 90% of the components in solar systems are recyclable. They are made of three primary materials – glass, silicon, and metal."

"To recycle these parts for future use, they must be disassembled, and the raw materials have to be isolated. This is a complex process that requires a lot of time and effort." (And probably energy)

"In California, solar panels must be disposed of as hazardous waste."

I'm a fan of using the roof tops of structures for panels and would love to see roofing shingles and windows to be able to harvest the sun

Sun Jul 25, 2022 06:35 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

@ EDNEY Actually you can purchase solar panels that are certified ISO 14001, ISO 9001....
Have you reviewed the pollution caused by fossil fuels? Far exceeds the entire planet ....
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/fossil-fuels-dirty-facts

pstarSR Jul 27, 2022 06:25 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

roof shingle panels are actually a thing, they are pretty cool. but odd colors.

I too hope we can come together and recycle them as they are 90% recyclable. but we need to trick people into the idea that recycling isnt for profit, its for the future.

Shasta Guy Jul 26, 2022 07:18 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

This showed up in the LA Times recently

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-07-14/california-rooftop-solar-pv-panels-recycling-danger

California is heading into a big waste crisis concerning solar panels. They do have recyclable materials, but it’s prohibitively expensive to separate them from the toxic parts.$20-30 a panel to recycle vs $1-2 per panel to send to the landfill. The state of California will probably subsidize it all.

Chip of SB Jul 26, 2022 07:55 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

I hope solar panels don’t end up being “recycled” the way plastic was for so many years. The process will be extremely energy intensive and will require a lot of labor. As a result, there will be a huge incentive to do it overseas. Since it is unlikely that an economically viable recycling process will be devised in the foreseeable future, there will also be a tremendous incentive to claim the recycling subsidies and dump the panels in the sea as was done with “recycled” plastic people went to the trouble of putting in the blue bin. Landfills within the us will probably be the most responsible option for expired solar panels.

Just_Me Jul 26, 2022 11:41 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

I would hope that in the next 10-15 years we will have figured out a way to successfully & economically recycle / resuse / rebuild solar panels.
BTW - does the Goleta project include storage? This community is in a "load pocket" -- kind of an energy grid cul de sac, where power comes in through only 2 transmission wires that cross the mountains together, on the same towers; if anything happens to those transmission lines, we have -0- power. Storage would be most excellent.

pstarSR Jul 26, 2022 02:19 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

but the climate crisis is one to ignore? Solar panels will be recycled. they are made from glass(silica) and aluminum, both the most recyclable materials on the planet. we may not have a industry in place, althought we have a second hand industry more than happy to buy up those panels that are still producing after 25years, they have no moving parts. they dont degrade.

but again. looks for excuses

pstarSR Jul 27, 2022 06:24 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Chip, sadly the reason that happens is because of human beings being complete nutbags.

its not prohibitively expensive to recycle, you just dont get Lamborghinis or Bentley's doing it. its not cool, not trendy, and not hip to recycle as a business. its dirty, you deal with broken old things, its not glamorous. so its not tiktok ready......

Sun Jul 26, 2022 09:58 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Vertical Offshore Wind Turbines More Efficient than Conventional Ones, Study Shows...
this would help protect birds and increase efficiency by 15%
https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2021/05/20/are-vertical-turbines-the-future-of-offshore-wind-power/?sh=4531c0a1b6d0

Shasta Guy Jul 27, 2022 07:40 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Presently, only 10% of solar panels get recycled with 90% getting chucked into landfills according to this link:

https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/19/1032215/solar-panels-recycling/

At this rate one man’s trash will be someone else’s grandchild case of childhood cancer. The sheer quantity to solar panels going out of commission by 2050, 80,000,000 metric tons, is a tsunami coming our way.

pstarSR Jul 27, 2022 08:17 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

and what happened with Nuclear waste and coal powered power plant waste?...... (ohhhh yeah, NONE was recycled) It will be recycled as soon as people deem it worth it.... sadly thats how our recycling system works, until its "worth it" its not worth it. course the planet doesnt think that way. but I do laugh at the "what about our future" stab..... when we are talking about how the energy industry has fubard our planet for our future generations.

Voice of Reason Jul 27, 2022 08:37 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Pstar, since the 1950’s the US has only produced about 80,000 metric tons of nuclear waste which would fit on a football field about 10 yards deep. Contrary to the nuclear fear mongers it is possible to safely store the spent fuel in sealed containers on site, that don’t need constant cooling or being in pools of water, and they’ve done so for 70+years no problem. AND it can also be recycled if/when deemed “worth it”. It is significantly greener than solar panels, and especially the coal you compare it to. Until the green movement embraces nuclear they aren’t being serious about living in a fossil fuel free world of 6 billion people and growing.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 27, 2022 09:34 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Right, because leaving billions of people your incredibly toxic and deadly trash to deal with for the next 10000 years so you can save a few dollars, is totally, absolutely fine in your demented, sick mind...

Voice of Reason Jul 27, 2022 09:40 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Are you talking about not recycling solar panels to save a few bucks SBO? Again, I think you need to learn more about nuclear waste to understand it isn’t the pending Armageddon you think it is, you’re also ignoring the significant benefits the carbon free power generation will provide over our current, predominantly fossil fuel based energy generation.

pstarSR Jul 27, 2022 06:21 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

VOR but the pending "green Armageddon" is completely OK for you all to shout to the heavens. maybe you should learn more about new technology.... think of that? nah. that means you have to get off your high horse. the crap you all say is exactly the same if you changed the word nuclear with solar. "OH MY GOD THE LIES, THE LIESSSSSSSSS" but im pretty sure I wont grow a third eye from my solar panels.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2022 06:54 AM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

Anon: We were talking about the storage of nuclear waste and pstar tried to erroneously claim that caused an issue in Japan, it did not. The failures there area a different issue, with its own causes (50+ year old reactor built with 70+ year old tech, clear design flaws and a tsunami) and has it’s own solutions.

a-1659038554 Jul 28, 2022 01:02 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

6:54 - I know you don't have much knowledge of fission power, and say only what your biased social media sources tell you to say, but *all* fission rectors are 70+ year old tech. Fission power is hideously expensive, takes an inordinate amount of time to come on line, and is incredibly dangerous in the long run. There are no new tech reactors except in investment pitches and big carbon propaganda, since they will promote anything that delays the transition from carbon based fuels.

MarcelK Jul 28, 2022 03:58 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

"There are no new tech reactors except in investment pitches and big carbon propaganda, since they will promote anything that delays the transition from carbon based fuels."

I think this is overstated. I would note that Robert Bernstein (SBROBERT) who is a longtime member and former chair of the SB Sierra Club Executive Committee is an advocate of nuclear power, as was the recently deceased (on his 103rd birthday) environmentalist James Lovelock, creator of the "Gaia" hypothesis. I myself am not an enthusiast, largely because the nuclear industry is well known to cut corners, but I wanted to note that there are people I respect who are.

MarcelK Jul 28, 2022 04:15 PM
City of Goleta Welcomes Monarch 1 at Green Ribbon Cutting

"the US has only produced about 80,000 metric tons of nuclear waste which would fit on a football field about 10 yards deep"

This is, of course, a completely bogus argument from the VoiceOfBogusArguments. (He's right that the Fukushima disaster wasn't because of waste storage, but that's part of his Motte and Bailey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motte-and-bailey_fallacy) strategy.)

https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/nuclear-waste-pilesscientists-seek-best/98/i12

"All these wastes can remain dangerously radioactive for many thousands of years. For that reason, they must be disposed of permanently, experts say. About a dozen countries, including Finland, Switzerland, and other European nations, are planning deep geological repositories for their nuclear waste. In the US, government officials have proposed storing the country’s waste in a repository beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The site lies about 300 m below ground level and 300 m above the water table. But the Yucca Mountain site has gone in and out of favor with changes in the US’s leadership. For now, waste accumulates mainly where it’s generated—at the power plants and processing facilities. Some of it has been sitting in interim storage since the 1940s. "

OTOH,

"Today, no nation in the world would consider storing high-level liquid waste indefinitely like this, says PNNL materials scientist John D. Vienna. “That’s a thing of the past,” he adds."

and the article goes on to explain possible solutions and remaining problems.

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