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Sustainable Novato Letter to City of Novato – Hamilton Pool Solar Project

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.

Respectfully Yours,

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

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Take a Survey – Should there be solar power at the Hamilton Pool?

Solar panels against sky

The city would like to hear your opinion regarding the partially completed Hamilton Solar Carport project.

Please visit www.novato.org/hamiltonsolar to view the project webpage, FAQs and take the on-line survey.  All Novato residents are invited to participate in the survey.

You can also come to the community Q&A with City staff at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 11 at the Hamilton Community Center, 503 Palm Drive and let your opinion about solar power be heard.

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Special Financing Available for Solar and Other Energy Efficient Upgrades

City Hall for slider 460HThe Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program provides financial assistance for energy and water conservation upgrades.

  • Provides loans to residential and commercial property owners to install energy and water conservation improvements and renewable energy upgrades.
  • No up-front cost.
  • Repayment occurs on the property tax bill, which can be tax deductible and transferred to future owners of the property.

The program also provides:

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Go Solar Locally – Even Without Panels on Your Roof!

Solar panels against sky“Local Sol,” a new feature of Marin Clean Energy’s “Deep Green,” promises 100% “real” local, distributed solar power from the solar facility in the old Novato Cooley quarry outside town, not the problematic reliance on unbundled renewable energy certificates (RECs), which do not fund actual addition of new solar capacity.  Check out MCE’s website to see how you can go Local Sol and other options for greener energy.

Click here to learn more about Local Sol.

 

 

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Show Support for Solar Panels at Hamilton!

Solar shade in lancasterThe Novato City Council will consider a proposal on Tuesday, November 18, to fund installation of solar panels downhill from the Hamilton Pool, off Hangar Avenue. The solar installation would offset current utility costs for the pool operations.  This is a great way to combat climate change, so please let the City of Novato know if you support the project by writing to public Works Administrative Manager Felicia Newhouse, at:  fnewhouse@novato.org.

If funded, public hearings will be conducted in the future to consider authorizing the City Manager to execute specific agreements for the project.

You can see complete details for the project at this link:

http://ci.novato.ca.us/agendas/pdfstaffreports/cc111814_I-12.pdf

 

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Walking the Walk – Hamilton Homeowner Shows Ways to Go Green & Save Money

Donn Davy, Sustainable Novato Vice President, doesn’t just “talk the talk” in cutting his home’s greenhouse gas emissions and adopting a serious “green” lifestyle.  He and his wife are seriously “walking the walk” with all sorts of sustainable, affordable improvements in how they live and work.  Their example offers a great model for other Novato property owners and renters who want to “go greener”.  Donn is achieving a huge reduction in his carbon footprint, saving money on his water, gas and electricity bills, improving his home’s comfort in all seasons, and feeling satisfaction and more self-reliant for doing so.  Here’s a list of improvements he made, plus things he has still to do.  See what he considers his most important results. Continue Reading →

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