IDK, if I had a backpack like this, I’d probably give it to someone who could use it, you know, somebody living off the grid or in an arid, equatorial land…
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Well, read all about it. Rooftop solar is coming to the Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East housing projects in the greater Western Addition / Lower Haight area.
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The mise-en-scene this morning, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rev. Amos Brown, Public Utilities Commission Director Ed Harrington, District 8 Supervisor hopeful Laura Spanjian, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy District Director Melanie Nutter. The roof you can see upper left is slated for a panel or two:
Mr. Mayor was going on about San Francisco being number one in California rooftop photovoltaic solar installations on a per capita basis - his statement was just one caveat shy of being operational. It would appear the rich yuppies and less-rich granolas of ridiculously-named Nevada City, California, to name just one city, have erected a ginourmous number of rooftop panels. Maybe he meant San Francisco County. Oh, here’s the caveat – “large” city. Doesn’t match what he was actually saying today, but that fixes the error. In front of a sample PV panel and betwixt MLK and Barack Obama from somebody’s bedroom window across the street:
So how much is “365 kw?” Well, I’m not sure what that figure means. It could mean maximum power in ideal conditions. You’ll just have to do an install and then measure what you get on a sunny day, ’cause every installation of PV is unique. If it helps to compare, the 5.4 litre engine from a used Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can put out more power than what the solar panels at Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East together will be capable of producing at maximum.
(In other vehicular matters, no, the mayor’s SUV wasn’t sitting idling during the entire event - that’s an improvement.)
And in other vehicular matters once again, this was the scene at the end of the block where the news conference was held. Scratch one laptop. Is it being fenced right now? Probably.
The Fixing Broken Windows theory in action.
Anywho, el comunicado de prensa de hoy:
MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES FIRST SOLAR INSTALLATIONS AT S.F. PUBLIC HOUSING SITES; CREATES GREEN-COLLAR JOBS
Newsom also announces 450% increase in San Francisco solar applications since inception of solar rebate program
More deets after the jump.
Now back in the day, rooftop solar meant routing black water pipes up there, so you could heat your water for free. High tech photovoltaic panels, where sunlight converts directly to electricity, were reserved for astronauts ‘n stuff.
As seen on Ashbury Street near Haight in sometimes sunny San Francisco:
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