Solar Meeting Fiasco!
03/03/2020 Meeting Breakdown:
I was not allowed to speak despite many decades of experience with solar energy systems. I live in North Centre which butts up to Scott Twp., but only "Scott people" were allowed comment. I did not know this in advance despite talking with Brittney in-between meetings for project details.
Regarding #1, the way a commercial sized solar system SHOULD BE documented for presentation, is the recently APPROVED Central Columbia School Districts ~2 MW system. All the documentation is available on the CCSD website under SOLAR. This is how it is done for a successful conclusion. People can be informed, rather than listening to an evening's worth of legal Gordian knots.
Regarding #2, I could go on forever on this, but alas ~600 words. Spanning Putin's Ukrainian atrocities being renewable energy's fault (Actually continued Fossil Fuel use), to flaming birds and noise coming from a solar panel (Really dead quiet, the panel not the bird), toxic chemicals and soil contamination from washing the panels, you DON'T WASH panels, except maybe in desert locations which excludes the Eastern/Middle USA, water runoff exacerbation, TOXIC Liberals, on and on. From an educational perspective, I SO WISH I could have spoken to the people at the meeting (The parties that REALLY matter), because I could have HELPED them SO much in understanding solar systems and there REAL impact, forming opinions on facts rather than fantasy, resulting in good decisions (Excluding Politics PLEASE!).
Regarding #3, from an hydrological engineering perspective, surface water congregation occurs in three ways. 1. Natural land topography and its ground composition. 2. Man alters ground surface making it non porous (Concrete, asphalt, compacted subbase) or "water faster" lawns and channels the rain, so the water cannot reach the rains intended surface for normal absorption. 3. Rain intensity and frequency. Counsel tried to make the case for using the 20% coverage zoning rule regarding land area, obfuscating and twisting the concept of coverage, comparing buildings, barns, sheds, etc., to apply to a 'narrow wide spaced rows' solar project which creates shading not coverage, resulting in no REAL water concentration or penetration blockage. The land surface area rendered non porous and unavailable for direct rain penetration, is the cross sectional area of the mounting posts for the collectors. In short less than .5%, like a long fence. The Solar system proposed is rows of wide open solar panels, much like rows of beach umbrellas. No sane person would go out in the rain with spaced rows of beach umbrellas, approx. 30 feet apart, held 10 feet in the air and claim their feet or the sand won't get wet in the wind and rain from direct rain fall. In short, rain will affect the "fields" water hydrology the same with our without wide spaced solar rows. Instead put up a 30,000-100,000 sqft slab on grade barn, warehouse, lawned housing development, altering the ground surface. THEN you will have a water issue outcome. Duel land use wide spaced solar arrays with low height crops is practiced for increased crop shade, fatiguing under Global Warming. It lowers the temp allowing them to thrive once again, providing massive amounts of energy in the process. It's called agricultural WIN, WIN! Then morph the project into community solar bureaucratic format, cutting electric bills for wanna-bee subscribers. My 3 minutes are gone.
William H Fitch III
American Solar Energy Society2525 Arapahoe Ave, Ste. E4-253Boulder, CO 80302Email: email@example.com
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