Plan for solar carport draws criticism

Bill Carlis, the owner of Southwest Energy Options, a solar energy company in business in Arenas Valley since 1976, is questioning a plan by the county and the town to build a 32-panel, six-stall solar carport at the north end of the Visitors Center parking lot at the downtown intersection of North Hudson Street and Broadway. Full Story
wise1

Mesa, AZ

#1 Jun 18, 2011
What a bunch of "feel good malarkey". Stop trying to cram this uneconomical technology down our throats. Also, people are not buying electric cars, nor will they ever be,(in any number's). Sheesh..
Fly on the Wall

Silver City, NM

#3 Jun 18, 2011
I wonder how many electric cars it will recharge at night.
SilverSally

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 18, 2011
"Carlis said vandalism of the carport is more likely to occur in that area of town" This statement really disturbs me. This area of town is the gateway to Silver City. It is less than a mile from the police and fire stations. Yet, it has always been accepted as the bad side of town. WHY is it we allow any of our town to be thought of this way? I pray for a mayor with a brain and a city manager with balls.
Sal Chicha

AOL

#6 Jun 19, 2011
They don't know what they are talking about. Just look at where a LOT of high-dollar vandalism takes place- in the Far Northeast Heights of Albuquerque- home to the deluded elites who cower in fear behind their walls at places like Tanoan, etc. A lot of the time, it's the larvae of these law-and-order idiots who are out committing the vandalism.
Sorry

Silver City, NM

#7 Jun 19, 2011
wise1 wrote:
What a bunch of "feel good malarkey". Stop trying to cram this uneconomical technology down our throats. Also, people are not buying electric cars, nor will they ever be,(in any number's). Sheesh..
After reading your post 3 or 4 times over, I can only hope that you are not serious..."uneconomical "!!?? And as for electric cars, they wouldn't be making them if there wasn't a market for them. I'm a right wing conservative, but I can also see the positive economical impact of renewable energy. WNMU offers free Solar Photovoltaic and Solalr Hydronic classes, maybe you should take one? LOL
Fly on the Wall

Silver City, NM

#8 Jun 19, 2011
12,000 kwh/year at 10 cent electricity is $1,200 per yer in savings. That is 1.5 percent of $80,000. Not even enough to pay the interest. The funds come from federal stimulus money which is borrowed and will have to be paid back by our children and grandchildren.
sorry

Silver City, NM

#9 Jun 19, 2011
Fly on the Wall wrote:
12,000 kwh/year at 10 cent electricity is $1,200 per yer in savings. That is 1.5 percent of $80,000. Not even enough to pay the interest. The funds come from federal stimulus money which is borrowed and will have to be paid back by our children and grandchildren.
I'm glad you understand the basics, and I'm sure you understand that most solar debates (in general) boil down to upfront investement VS actual cost savings. Sure 1 Grand seems like a joke compared to 80 Grand, but over time solar does infact save us money. Besides the money savings, the project would really show the world that Grant County is not afraid to move into the 21st century by buying into renewable energy. While I agree that the scale of the project might be a bit corney, it does show that we are interested in the environment in our little neck of the woods. And you are right about the stimulus money, however we have seen it go to much, much worse in past years. Also, I would assume that there will be some local job opportunities because of the project, which is always a good thing. I'm not necessarily an advocate for the project either way, I was just annoyed with some of the ignorance in the first few posts.
Fly on the Wall

Silver City, NM

#10 Jun 19, 2011
"...Besides the money savings, the project would really show the world that Grant County is not afraid to move into the 21st century by buying into renewable energy..."

What the heck does that mean? Does the world think we are afraid of solar energy? Who cares what the world thinks? A local radio club has been using solar power at their Black Peak repeater site for 30 years. Many local homes have solar thermal collectors, mostly non-working. Solar energy is way beyond the demonstration stage, and it is useful and appropriate in many situations, but it is not cost-effective for commercial power generation. Why indebt future taxpayers for someone's stupid pipe dream?

And as far as getting local artists to do artwork on the carport, local baboons in baggy pants will do artwork soon enough to mark their territory.
wise1

Apache Junction, AZ

#11 Jun 19, 2011
Thank you, fly.

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