Wish to preview MVHS and SRVHS Solar Carport? Schools & Kids, posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Let's suggest MVHS and SRVHS neighbors visit 1750 Oak Park Blvd in Pleasant Hill CA to see a Solar Generation Station, aka Solar Carport, installed. It is a massive structure, quite industrial in design, and fully consumes the skyline of that property.
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and access the picture that accompanies the article.
As one neighbor said after visiting the site, "It looks like the overhead train structures in Chicago."
Posted by [removed}, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 14, 2011 at 7:10 am
Any structure placed in a neighborhood setting should reflect the character and nature of such neighborhoods. Solar carports are major power generation stations that present a massive array of solar panels high above parking lots that typically would not be found in our neighborhoods. Monte Vista's Alamo neighbors have the opportunity to see a fully constructed Solar Generation Station as a Solar Carport in full view at 1750 Oak Park Blvd in Pleasant Hill.
Certainly there are lighter-weight advanced solar technologies today that would place the same solar generation capacity on roofs of MVHS in Danville. Clinging to heavy glass panels that are end-of-life technologies causes the requirement of very industrial support structures seen at the Oak Park Blvd example of carports.
Posted by Dbrower, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 16, 2011 at 10:36 am
Paved parking lots are themselves eye-sores, and have already done most of the negative environmental impact. Roofs are good, but only have so much space, and leaves the space of the parking lot underused.
A good example of a truly comparable site is the Pleasant Hill DVC campus, where solar car port covers were installed a number of years ago. They seem, to me, a vast improvement on the bare lots, and are cooler when sunny and sheltered when wet
The main question, to me, is what height clearance should be designed in. Space for cars and pickups, or height for a Freightliner with a trailer?
Posted by Ted , a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm
I live near Monte Vista HS, and I'm elated to learn that solar panels are part of the campus future. Besides the energy cost-savings, reduced fossil fuel use, and jobs that their installation will produce, the panels will also become a physical symbol of our community's success in finding sustainable solutions to our energy conundrum.
I must agree with writer Dbrower, who rightly states that parking lots themselves aren't much of a positive design feature, and points to the DVC campus solar panel installation as a reasonable reference. Here's one more example - Casa Grande HS in Petaluma, a campus I visited recently. This video clip (Web Link) shows the panels over the parking lot, which to me seemed like a smart use of available space. (The video shows a bit more, including Casa Grande's native plant landscaping (= water conservation), organic garden for their culinary arts program, and fish hatchery that provides students with hands-on experience in environmental science).