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Sunwalker pulls the plug on Livermore solar project

Original post made on May 21, 2021

Sunwalker Energy has withdrawn its application with Alameda County for a conditional use permit to develop a solar energy project in northern Livermore. Looming legal and policy issues, investor confidence and cost were among reasons.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 21, 2021 at 11:59 am

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Who Pays for Your Solar Energy Generation?

Home owners that install solar panels tend to be in the upper income level.
Approximately 50% of the energy produced with solar panels on the roof is credited back to the homeowner that installed solar panels at regular retail price.

That retail price credit is passed on to other rate payers, people in lower income levels, in effect increasing the price they pay for their energy consumption.

Many of those people are renters, or home owners without solar panels on their roof, or homes that face the wrong direction. They all pay increased price for their energy consumption to supplement those who have installed solar panels on their roofs.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 21, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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Not understanding your point.

Ca mandates X % renewable energy generation, utility companies can build that, or they can just buy it from homeowners that are installing panels anyway? In the end, its less expensive because utilities are buying back the excess at lower rates, can utilize the existing grid infrastructure, and homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of the equipment.

Payback on solar is still around 7+yrs for the homeowner.

Posted by Becky Dennis
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on May 24, 2021 at 10:55 am

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Pleasanton Parent is, I believe, correct regarding the homeowner, power company, climate win-win. We invested in a high end solar system. Much to our delight, it paid for itself in less than 7 years.
However, a word of caution to homeowners. Solar technology is new. Our panels (supposedly good for 25 years) began to fail in less than 10 years, and the entire system had to be replaced. Though still under warranty, processing our claim with the manufacturer (the original dealer had long since gone out of business) took almost 2 years. Expect manufacturers’ warranty work to take a back seat to their new solar installations. Many unreturned calls and emails, scheduling difficulties, inexperienced crews, and installation mistakes all showed we were a low priority compared to new sales. Finally our solar generating capacity was returned. But between September 2019 and January 2021 we had to pay the full PG&E electric rate.
Lessons learned: When you install solar, save all the associated documents. Closely monitor your system’s performance. As with all developing technology offered in the free market, hopes and hype may be high, but product failure is not unusual. Protect yourself.