Klinger: Put the solar panels somewhere else
August 5, 2013
Put the panels somewhere else
Re: Mr. Harrington's letter, "Wake up and smell the mercury, Summit Cove NIMBYs." He refers to the fact that the project could've looked better had proper planning been done … so why was that NOT done when it is squeezed in between a greenbelt and fairly dense residential area? This should have been a requirement! He also says he drove by the array and makes judgments based on what he currently sees. Mr. Harrington mustn't know that this is less than half the project, the rest of which isn't even started yet. I'm also all for the school district going green, but looking at the several locations, the high school seems to have a huge amount of space that wouldn't interfere with anyone. I don't know why these ground installs weren't done there instead of on the small wetlands in Summit Cove. The trails that'll be obliterated by this project are trails that children use 10 months of the year to walk to and from school every day. I'm just amazed that the school board would approve this the way it was presented. It could be just as big a scope but configured differently as to not affect anyone by the large ground installs being put at the high school.
And last but not least, the solar panels aren't owned by the school. The school board is allowing a for-profit business to use their property in return for a discount on their electricity. And any power generated above and beyond what the school district uses gets sold from this for-profit business to Xcel. So the school has approved a retail business to run on their property in exchange for a discount on their goods/services.
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