Stanford energy facility to cut carbon in half
Original post made on Oct 10, 2012
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on Oct 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm
This is a bit confusing. Based on these two statements
> save the university an estimated $300 million in the
> next 35 years
> The $438 million energy system would move Stanford
Is the University spending $438M to save $300M (over 35 years)? Or is there something missing here? If truehow is the University not losing $138M (or more, when all of the maintenance costs over the next 35 years is factored into the tally)?
on Oct 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm
>The new electric facility allows the university to obtain electricity from numerous sources, including renewable energy such as wind and solar. A Stanford-developed automated-control system allows obtaining the most cost-efficient electricity available at any time, the university said.
It seems to me that Stanford is making a wise and appropriate decision, regarding heat capture. However, is Stanford proposing to put wind tubine and photovoltaic farms in the Stanford foothills? Or are they just transferring those farms to the open wildnerness in other areas? If Stanford wants to make a statement, then those wind/solar industrial farms should be in our own foothills. Otherwise, we end up with an 'out-of-sight,out-of-mind' hypocricy issue.
on Oct 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm
>>"those wind/solar industrial farms should be in our own foothills. Otherwise, we end up with an 'out-of-sight,out-of-mind' hypocricy issue. "
Absolutely right. And that's why it will never happen. Remember the "vocal minority" that forced Stanford to provide hiking trails to the Dish? What do you think they will do if solar panels were put on that hillside.