Novato City Council members:
We, the Board of Sustainable Novato, have reviewed the options being considered for the solar carport structure that is planned to offset the power usage at the Hamilton pool. We encourage the City of Novato to move forward with either option A or B, both of which maintain the full savings of energy costs and greenhouse gas reductions, while addressing some of the neighbor’s aesthetic concerns. We are proud of the City of Novato for moving forward on implementation of some of the items in its climate action plan and offsetting the energy of the Hamilton pool is a step in the right direction. The following are the main reasons for our support of the options a or b (paint alone or paint and landscape) included in the survey novato.org/hamiltonsolar:
- Both of those options result in the highest energy savings and have the lowest cost implications, resulting in the highest ROI and greenhouse gas savings.
- Both options minimize the aesthetic concerns of the closest neighbors in the Southgate community, without sacrificing energy efficiency as option c does.
- Solar carports will soon become so commonplace as to no longer “stand out”. Ten Novato schools including one at Hamilton will have them in their parking lots within the next year, and local businesses, including the Buck Center, are constructing solar carports in the near future.
- There is no evidence to support the claim that solar carports can negatively impact home values; in fact, since the carport was constructed and painted white with primer, homes in the closest neighborhood have sold very quickly for record high prices with multiple offers.
- Offsetting the energy costs of the pool will ensure that the pool continues as a community asset long-term, and has the additional benefit of providing shade for some of the cars that park there.
Thank you for considering our feedback.
The Board of Sustainable Novato:
– Marla Fields President and Hamilton Homeowner (Southgate)
– Tim Blofeld Board member and Hamilton Homeowner (Southgate)
– Donn Davy Vice President and Hamilton Homeowner (Sunny Cove)
– Ed Mainland Secretary
– Roy Pfeifer Treasurer
– Delyn Kies Board member
– Rory Bakke Board member