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Woodside: Solar panel plan to face council scrutiny

Original post made on Apr 9, 2019

A proposal from a previous Woodside Town Council to install solar panels to power town facilities has raised questions about the viability of the panels as an energy source in light of recent developments in the renewable energy field.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 4:45 PM

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Posted by Jane Gill
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm

Gotta love Ed Kahl! He’s the one who usually makes the most sense.


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Posted by cheap power
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Apr 10, 2019 at 1:21 pm

> ...that other states and countries could adopt to reduce their own greenhouse gas footprints

Interesting phrase.

Power produced locally has little loss in transmission. Power produced in plants far away can lose as much as 20%.

Put the panels up.


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Posted by Awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Apr 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Hey “cheap power”: did you skim right over this part?

“the National Renewable Energy Laboratory based in Denver has reported that electricity from home solar panels is about two and a half times more expensive than power from large solar facilities”


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Posted by cheap power
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Apr 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm

The NREL is funded by the DoE, of which much of it's budget is strongly influenced by utility lobbyists. Big utilities always favor large scale plants - it's what they do, for obvious reasons.

Locally produced power is not a money maker for the utilities. For example, PG&E hates it.

Poke around on the outer edges of the DoE and the NREL and it gets very, very swampy.

Remember when it's director, Rick Perry wanted to eliminate the DoE? Well, until he got to run the gravy train ("uhhhh, I can't remember the third one....")


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 11, 2019 at 12:15 am

Yeah, those guys in Europe are plain stupid to not have built large solar farms. Good luck doing that in Woodside, BTW, LoL.
I mean, who cares about sustainability and the larger Good, if it costs us an extra penny right now?

Let's just keep making the annual contribution that makes us feel good, such as to an animal shelter or to feed the homeless, reap great press coverage and be done with what we contribute to society, while also alleviate our Tax burden.

An economics professor and a local lobbyist being the authorities on what is ecologically sustainable and helps the environment in the long term?

Good Riddance.

Deplorable and sad.

All is lost in this neck of the woods....


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Posted by Too much solar
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm

I don't think it's wise for Woodside to build solar panels at this point, and especially not without storage. The state already has too much solar in midday on days like today, and this will just make the problem worse, as well as be more expensive than using PCE. There's a good post on this topic today in the Almanac: Web Link


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Posted by gal up on ranch
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Apr 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

>>> state already has too much solar in midday on days like today

The Net Demand Chart you linked to shows otherwise.


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