Greenpoint Nursery in Novato has proposed building a 660 Kilowatt solar PV project on the unused ground at the periphery of the nursery. (That would be about the same size as the solar project at Las Gallinas Sewage ponds in the picture above.) This would be the second project in in the county to be built in response to the very favorable Feed-in Tariff offered by Marin Clean Energy.
MCE is offering a 20-year contract at above market rates to local projects of this size (a few acres of panels – - much bigger than a home system but much smaller than “utility size” industrial systems.) That’s because construction of lots of “distributed” systems this size – - hundreds, maybe thousands of them; all over the state; all close to the end users – - is a critical part of the switch from fossil fuels to renewables.
The County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on this project on Tuesday May 28. Sustainable Novato has taken a position strongly supporting the project and urging an expedited approval process. If you want to see more clean solar energy like this in Marin, be sure to attend and speak up.
You can read our letter to the county below (click on letter to enlarge.)