City Solar Array Installations

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City is always looking for opportunities to implement energy efficiency measures and to install renewable energy systems at its facilities. Currently, the City is installing three new solar arrays at Fire Station 4, Fire Station 5, and the Eastside Library.

These sites were selected because they are simultaneously undergoing facility-wide renewals to address deferred maintenance, including complete roof replacements. This makes it an ideal time to add energy efficiency measures as part of the overall renewal. 

Benefits of solar arrays include lowering energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing local renewable energy production. The installations will improve energy resiliency and reliability by readying these facilities to become micro- grids, or self-sustaining buildings. 

The expansion of renewable, carbon-free energy use is in direct support of the City’s 100 percent Renewable Electricity Resolution as well as its Climate Action Plan goals.

To find out more, visit: http://www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Energy

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Luvaduck Mar 08, 2019 07:32 AM
City Solar Array Installations

If the energy companies didn't make policy and home-owners could sell the excess energy from their south-facing roofs to them at a reasonable price, more people would shell out the money to put them on their houses.

pstarSR Mar 07, 2019 03:19 PM
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well honestly you do benefit, we all do. As the cost of the city doing business aka electricity cost goes down. meaning the taxes they fleece from us should not increase due to electricity use. Its very shortsighted to think of renewable energy this way. Also if we actually get smart about this we can design and build a micro grid of systems for our OWN power demands, as a city. you, me, the court house all of us can benefit from a renewable source this way.

a-1558619107 Mar 08, 2019 09:36 AM
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It's not a petty PR release. Solar is the future. Costs are down, ROI is down, and it is becoming profitable. City's pursuing solar provide validity for other communities, residents, and businesses. Believe it or not, not everything is an ideological issue.

pstarSR Mar 08, 2019 08:16 AM
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so what if its a small part, or a large part. its still a part. Im not parading a window dressing. I am "Serious" for all for solar and renewable energies. I will cheer it where ever I see it. you need to open your mind and eyes to the fact that just because you arent going to save billions doesnt mean it isnt a viable option, or the right one.

Factotum Mar 07, 2019 09:47 PM
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Electricity is a very small part of the city budget. Get serious about real cost cutting; not symbolic window dressing. Learn where the city spends most of its money and stop cheering these petty PR releases.

PitMix Mar 07, 2019 03:10 PM
City Solar Array Installations

They are welcome to add solar panels to my house. But I forgot, I only pay for their solar panels, I don't get to benefit from them. There is a reason that government buildings are able to add panels whenever they want, because the panels don't cost them anything. It's free money! Except to me.

Factotum Mar 07, 2019 02:24 PM
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Renewable energy does not always conflate as efficient or even cost efficient energy. Terms should not be used interchangeably. City needs to be more candid about the extra costs these "energy efficient" changes also create, including increased maintenance , limited life span, difficulty in repairing, and high replacement costs. The city does not need to be a mindless press release. Please come clean all the information, if you want to only brag about "clean energy".

Factotum Mar 08, 2019 10:17 AM
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We have a home photo-voltaic system. I know of what I speak. You talk only about the panels, not the converter system which is the huge component of the ongoing "solar" costs, repair and maintenance issues. As well a built in obsolescence. Solar panels getting coated with ash and dust and waiting for the rains to finally come is not a cost-efficient option. Solar is not what it is cracked up to be, and the city is merely green-washing their virtuous cheerleading for political effect; not for actual beneficial ROI to the taxpayers supporting this 200 million dollar plus city operation. Just like the all-electric city bus system. Nice for bragging rights but does it meet actual bus riders practical needs? Declining bus ridership is your answer. We need a new city council.

pstarSR Mar 08, 2019 08:22 AM
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panels have warranty for 25 yrs, Inverters are warranty for 25 years also. Solar panels are protected up to 80mph baseball hits. and even if they break the glass its tempered and wont fall out of the panels. AND it continues to work! Cleaning is not necessary as it only provides a modest 1-5% difference in production. and the rain will take care of that. The city doesnt need to be candid you can actually use the squishy thing between your ears to research it yourself. Its been around for awhile now, and there is more than enough info out there on this. Everything you listed as a problem, is not. I worked in solar, panel replacements are easy, and cost effecting, they do not have a "limited life span" I was retrofiting systems that were 20+yrs old sometimes. Increased maintenance? where?

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