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East County Fights Proposed Power Plant; Local Solar Company Offers Solutions

Solar Shines Bright To Help San Diego Fight Construction Of A New Natural Gas Power Plant

 

a proposal to rezone designated open space, near , to install a 100 Megawatt natural gas power plant last week. However, the decision of the city’s Planning Commission vote can be appealed at city council. The controversial Quail Brush Power Plant is intended to provide additional power during peak hours.  While the proposed peaker power plant is in the City of San Diego, residents in the to the plan with the proposed site bordering both of the two communities. 

One company, Sullivan Solar Power, is working to deploy more rooftop solar energy with a localized solar program offering, as part of the solution.

“If you look to the 122,000 solar rooftops in California, another solution comes to light,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “Residential solar power systems can assist with relieving daily demand stress on the grid by providing clean, renewable energy.”

The proposed new natural gas power plant will have a more efficient design than older plants, but opponents of the project note that it is an unwanted structure due to destroying preserved, open space and its heavy polluting capabilities. Community members have voiced concerns about the project not only causing blight to the popular Missions Trails Park, but are worried of the noise and pollutants impacting the nearby school and neighborhoods.

Sullivan Solar Power, the top residential solar installer in San Diego Gas and Electric’s territory, per California Solar Initiative data, has worked tirelessly to deploy solar power in the region to deter the need of additional power plants in the community. To reward those who commit to a clean energy future, Sullivan Solar Power developed the San Diego Solar Program, a countywide cash-back incentive program which enables residents to get paid to go solar. The program started April 2012, and allows residents to go solar for $0 down and receive a cash payment up to $1,500 in its current phase. Incentives provided are greater than the current State rebate program.

“We have created the San Diego Solar Program to offer a reliable clean energy solution that benefits our local communities,” said Sullivan, “Not only are program participants saving money and helping our region meet our energy demands, they are getting paid to do so.”

To assist with declaring energy independence, a free San Diego Solar Program informational solar luncheon is being hosted for east county residents. The program seminar is taking place on Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at the Santee City Hall, Civic Building #7 (10601 Magnolia Ave, Santee, CA 92071). Theone-hour presentation will cover solar technologies, rebates and incentives, and details of the San Diego Solar Program. Call 1-800-SULLIVAN to RSVP or for additional information.

About Sullivan Solar Power  
Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider that delivers solar electric projects from concept to completion with offices in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. The company has installed more than 10 million watts of solar power ranging from residential to large commercial and municipal systems. Sullivan Solar Power has a longstanding A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since its founding in 2004. The firm has been named one of the nation’s fastest growing energy companies by Inc. Magazine and services clients throughout Southern California. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products provided by the most qualified professionals to every customer. Visit sullivansolarpower.com for more information.

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David B Secor July 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
While we were successful with the San Diego City Planning Commission, the matter will now move to the San Diego City Council for the next battle. SDG&E is simply not telling the truth. This plant is not needed. If completed, SDG&E plans to shut down two current power plants that are operating very well right now. This project is not about need, it's about greed. It's about power, yes, but by which I mean control of power production in the county eliminating a minor competitor. Regarding the location being conveniently close to existing gas and power lines, they could put it next to the San Diego Zoo. There are gas and power lines there, too. Or out near the Cabrillo Lighthouse. It saves us money? You don't ruin the open space of and near Mission Trails Park and pollute Santee and the Cajon Valley just to save a few bucks by not having to extend power/gas lines to a more suitable location. It's not about the phony scare that we might need this plant if we have a few really hot days. SDG&E does not plan to run this plant on just a few hot days. Their intent is to run it at least 40% of the time. Those of us old enough to remember what it was like to drive down from Grossmont and see the valley covered with a grey/brown haze do not want that again. San Diego City may control the site, but it has a duty to respect and consider its neighbors in Santee. If successful at Sd City Council, we move to State CEC, which will make final decision. .
Margie Logue July 30, 2012 at 05:10 AM
For proof Quail-Brush is not needed, please read the article that Bill Powers wrote. You can find it under: CEC; Power Plants; Alphabetical List of Power Plant Projects filed Since 1996; Pio Pico Energy Center; Documents and Other Reports; Intervenors' and Others' Documents; Rebuttal Testimony of Bill Powers, Powers engineering. It shows solar power will work better withourt polluting, even on all those cloudy days in East County (as Cogentrix notes) It's long and complicated but well worth the effort.
sheeple herder July 30, 2012 at 05:58 AM
If it was really about reliable, cheap electricity, there would be solar panels mandated on every roof facing south. Paid by taxes, bonds, etc... We have more sunny days, than not... Duh, its a no brainer. Wake up sheep, don't get hoodwinked, AGAIN...!
Santee Homeowner August 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
"Sheeple" governments greatest creation!

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