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SRVUSD moving forward with new solar projects

Original post made on Dec 14, 2015

The San Ramon Valley school district is poised to expand its solar-energy program after the school board approved a contract with SunPower Corp. to add solar arrays at up to 16 schools with funding through tax-credit bonds.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10:48 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Long term resident
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2015 at 6:57 am

One word of caution. Many solar companies have 25 year guarantees and warranties. There's a catch though, none of them have even been in business that long and there is likely to be consolidation and failures (has anyone heard of Solyndra?). Therefore, if there are equipment failures or the project does not meet its objectives, I would not necessarily count on the installer or supplier to be around in 25 years to make good on their commitments.

Posted by Scare Tactics
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

Solyndra was a solar panel manufacturer that made non-conventional panels. That is a wildly improper comparison and is nothing more than a scare tactic.

Additionally, SunPower has been around since - wait for it - 1985. For those that might be mathematically challenged, that is well over 25 years. Turns out you can easily find out the answers to these basic questions by simply looking them up on the internet - no need to spout off unsupported statements in an effort to drum up ignorant support.

I applaud the school district both for its investment in the district's future fiscal stability and the environmental impact this project will have.

Posted by Xin Han
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Excellent news .. perfect timing to show we are doing our part as the climate change conference wrapped up in Paris.

Posted by San Ramon resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Another way to address the return on investment and reduce the angst over companies remaining in business over a long period of time would be simply to report the date by which the original investment is expected to be repaid through savings. Although it doesn't provide a large dollar figure to "sell" the idea, it does provide a reasonable way to gauge the viability of the project. Then, a further statement could be added with the projected system life and estimated lifetime savings and each reader could assess individually the validity to assign to the numbers provided.

Posted by mjp
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

Simply fabulous news! SunPower is a strong company.

Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2015 at 10:47 am

And it's clean energy.

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