The real question is why a new summit house on Pikes Peak wasn't included. Perhaps somebody should show the mayor which mountain is Pikes Peak someday, as I don't think he can see anything that isn't downtown.
Actually there have been such programs in place at the federal, state, and local level for some time via rebates, tax write-offs, grants, etc.
Why can't we create a program which will subsidize business/homeowners for solar panels instead of building a new plant? Why are we so backward on renewables?
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With the number of critical needs to be met regionally, what would be your thoughts on a professionally managed oversight team to coordinate needs assessment and implementation? A one minute 'Quick-Poll'. Thank you.
Wow Mr. Stokols, way to make this all about the wealthy and forget about the grass roots groups who have pushed this to a head. The reason this has come about is because we the people think we should have some sort of say about what, when and where industry is allowed. This has been coming for a very long time. You can pretend it is all politics and lay it at the feet of Congressman Jared Polis but he knows, and so do the rest of us who have been fighting for local control that it is the citizens of this state who are demanding this. With millions of dollars that are going to be spent by the Koch brothers and their front group AFP we are all thankful that Polis jumped in to support us monetarily. I and many like me have been asking my own home rule city to adopt local control zoning for a few years now. And Frakenlooper is a joke. He is an industry shill who happens to have a D beside his name. If you look closely you can see his trunk peeking out.
If I am not mistaken, most of the solar panels are made in China, Clara. And the Chinese made ones are less expensive because China really doesn't care about the very toxic chemicals used to make them. However, you also generally get an inferior panel.
BTW, here in the US you can buy solar panels from many places like Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
It is not a question of availability.
Interesting -- while we quibble, a Chinese company is offering solar panels and major solar installations around the world. In the United Kingdom, you can buy solar panels for the home through IKEA and this company:
A lot of people really have not done their homework on solar gardens/solar power. As Dave mentions, they can take up a lot of real estate, can weigh a lot, and cost a lot in order to generate significant or appreciable power. You can't just lay them out on the ground and expect very good results -- they have to be aimed correctly, requiring support structures; spaced correctly so as not to cast shadows on one another; correctly positioned for ambient/convection cooling or have cooling installed. They often do not start becoming cost effective or showing a return on investment for years after they are installed. They only generate power sporadically and even then they are often only generating partially, something that tracking devices can help with, but cannot cure. They are susceptible to damage from winds, debris, heat, and hail, require cleaning and maintenance, and have a limited life span. And that isn't even considering the very nasty chemicals/processes used to produce the PV cells.
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Yes, you can get 390 Watt panels, but since the cell size is the same and they just put more cells in a panel, resulting in a much larger panel, a 2 MW power plant would still take the same amount of square footage and weigh about the same -- roughly 3.3 acres and 176 tons just for the panels -- figure another 176 tons for the support structures and wiring.
Randy, I can't tell why you've capitalized the stuff about being AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS and FOR A VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE [sp]. Is that because you think that's bad or good?
You aren't going to get 2 MW of solar panels on the roof of CC buildings, much less 10 MW worth of panels. 2 MW worth of panels is a LOT of space and weigh a HUGE amount. Let's say you have 250 Watt panels. You will need 8,000 of those panels to get to 2 MW. Each panel is 5'5"x3'4" or about 18 sq ft and weighs 44 pounds. Then you have to add in the weight of the support structure and the wiring, which can be horrendous -- many buildings have to have the roof reinforced just to hold 10 panels. And if you have a tracking system, that really increases the weight.
Would someone PLEASE explain to me why solar panels can't be on the rooves of buildings and parking lots be in the basement? Why is this so incredibly difficult?
I say hurray for the HSUS. It isn't the only entity against rodeos, circuses and other form of so-called entertainment that exploits animals. A generous amount of people support human charities and if that is what you want to do go for it but I choose to help the voiceless animals. Also support our veterans who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy our freedoms of choice.
Colorado College pays its utility bills. The only long-term way for it to pay those bills is to pass those costs on to paying customers, also known as students. Therefore, Feldman and the others are indeed people who pay their utility bills. I realize it's fashionable to diss CC, but the laws of economics do prevail. If the innuendo is that parents pay the bill, let's respect parents who plan ahead enough to take care of their kids.
Solar is just one more thing to argue about in a town that does nothing but argue. Meanwhile, when most people from both sides turn on their computers to comment, they do it with electric power from local utilities without thinking twice about it. That's not the case in a lot of places. Utilities must be doing something right.
The argument that renewable energy is not cost effective is out dated. Many governments (eg. Minnesota) and municipalities have recently determined the cost of solar and wind to be less than fossil fuels. Yes, coal is cheap if you don't take into account the environmental impact or the actual injury to our health. When you pass it down stream as coal ash (Duke Energy) or it drifts out over the ocean from China to become the mercury in the fish we eat, or it take years to manifest itself as lung cancer, then it's not included in the costs. We are all smarter than that!
Colorado Springs Utilities has one of the most unsustainable renewable energy policies of any utility in the state. CSU requires any renewable energy power produced to first be applied to the grid and then requires the end user to buy back electric power from them at a retail rate. This policy is a deliberate attempt to discourage consumers from investing in renewable energy and to maintain control of electric power generation in this region. This policy is not an issue for CSU now because they can handle the modest electric load our shrinking economic community presents. If and when the time comes that economic growth expands the load beyond their capacity to handle CSU will be screaming for the contribution of renewable energy generators.
We could also lower utility bills if we were not paying that used car salesman a half million dollars a year to sit at his desk and shop on eBay for those gangster outfits he wears to city council meeting to scare Jan Martin into fronting his high salary.
Colorado Springs Utilities is actually fairly aggressive on conservation. As part of our 2020 Energy Vision, we have a goal to help our customer base reduce its electric use by 10 percent by 2020. We offer many rebate programs for both business and residential customers to help them pay for efficiency upgrades. See details here:
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