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Ahead of the heat wave: Staying safe amid triple-digit temperatures

Original post made on Jul 15, 2023

Ahead of an incoming heat wave, multiple local organizations have shared tips for getting through the high temperatures. An extreme heat watch has been placed on the Tri-Valley and surrounding areas for this weekend...

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 15, 2023 at 8:08 am

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""The impacts of climate change have never been more clear -- the hots continue to get hotter in our state and across the West putting millions of Californians at risk," Gov. Gavin Newsom after announcing the launch of Heat Ready CA this Tuesday."

The impacts (and risks) of Newsom and his party have never been clearer. Thanks to misguided/shortsighted policies to get rid of fossil fuels and "save the planet", we no longer have a reliable supply of energy in this state to keep people cooler during the summer months. It's only going to get worse. Look forward to more lectures about conservation and/or not running appliances/charging vehicles during peak hours as the "solution".

Some of us already knew that you can't supply the energy needs of the state (or the nation) with solar panels and windmills.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 15, 2023 at 8:56 am

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Power Outage Lasted 18 Hours.

August 2022, power in my neighborhood went out, AGAIN. It was out for 18 hours, it was Saturday. That did it for me. First thing Monday morning I was on the phone calling natural gas generator contactors' and calling solar contractors.

The natural gas generator contractor was stuck on whether I could afford the generator and the cost to install. He did not have an interest in my questions. He was telling me that I needed around $15K to install a natural gas generator. I was annoyed with his 'can I afford it dialog'.

I called, spoke with a couple of solar contractors, one said he would email information to me. The next solar contractor was very accommodating, we talked thirty minutes, during which I learned a lot. He followed up with a design and cost for my home to install solar panels with whole house battery backup.

The cost was approximately $27K. it took eight weeks to get the permits. First week in November my solar system with whole house battery backup was installed, in full operation.

Early 2023 the government allowed me 30% tax rebate for installing the solar system for our home in 2022. For the first time in in more than 20 years, we received an income tax refund in May 2023. I have not been inconvenienced with another power outage since August 2022. There have been several in the neighborhood.

In June 2023 My solar system produced 651.2 KWh. We consumed 235.8 KWh.
We imported from the grid 30.7 KWh. We exported to the grid 400.5 KWh.
Our CO2 reduction was 1.042 LBS. our grid dependance was 13%, our minimum grid dependence was 4% June 19.
Our year-to-date production is 3MWh.

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