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Dixon City Buildings Go Solar

Photovoltaic solar systems are generating power for City Hall, Police and Fire Departments and Hall Park facilities

Five photovoltaic solar systems installed throughout Dixon could save the city more than $1.1 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.

More than 1,100 modules installed on shade structures located at City Hall, the Fire Department, Police Department and the Aquatic Center and Dixon Senior/Multi-Use Center at Hall Park began generating solar energy to city facilities in August, according to the city’s web site.

The $2.3 million solar energy project was financed through First Northern Bank and designed by Colorado-based Real Goods Solar, Inc.

City Councilmembers approved the project in October.

Janet Koster, an engineering department senior management analyst, told the council at the time that the solar panels would generate 90 percent of the buildings’ energy needs.

The photovoltaic systems have a lifespan of about 25 years.

Click here to see a real-time chart of the energy generated by Dixon’s photovoltaic solar systems.

Kerry Jacobs September 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Can you spell SLUSH ! This is exactly why the people of Dixon should to vote YES on measure N. And just like John Gerremendi's voting for Solendra's solar SLUSH plant for Democratic out of control spending. That guy needs not to be voted out but thrown out on his HEAD and walk west until his hat floats. A simple cast at the ballot for Kim Vann will slow California from it's now downward tailspin. Look anytime someone says the word Solar RUN dont walk !! DRILL baby DRILL and watch this failing nation come alive!!
Joe Knows September 13, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Which member of the city council has a relative or friend that works for Real Goods Solar?
Randy Davis September 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
This issue has nothing to do with Measure N. The solar project was on published agendas and discussed at five different Council meetings. Except for one vote on October 25, 2011 all votes by City Council were unanimous. The minutes are available online. The meeting dates are July 12, 2011, September 27, 2011, October 25, 2011, March 27, 2012, and September 11, 2012.
Ian Arnold September 14, 2012 at 07:08 AM
I don't think Measure N is relevant to this discussion. The issue was publicly noticed multiple times. I can't tell you at how many meetings the issue was discussed, but it was several. There was a budgetary amendment discussion late in 2011--If I recall correctly, it was less than $35K. The project was financed through First Northern and the Feds picked up 30% of the total cost. I believe the project is cost-neutral to the City for the first 7 or 8 years, then we start to realize actual savings. Perhaps my understanding of the discussion at City Hall is lacking--or perhaps the reporting in this case is slightly misleading. I don't recall anyone speaking against the project at the meetings I attended.
Ian Arnold September 14, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Thanks Randy. Either your memory is better than mine or you actually checked the City's website prior to posting. Either way, let's go with the facts rather than the rhetoric.

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