President Campbell next invited Mr. Robert Jaspar
to the podium.
introduced himself as the Chief Financial Officer of Next Energy Corporation
commented that he
did not reside near the proposed project site but had learned of the proposal in the Contra Costa Times
e stated that he
had reviewed the data presented in terms of the savings and costs to the District
and the benefits to the county.
Based on his
experience working for a solar energy and energy efficiency company, he
expressed concern that the program to install solar should become the most beneficial program for the District
rather than just a solar plant.
suggested that the output should be twice what had been documented.
Based upon current panel efficiencies, he
suggested that 500 solar panels could produce the same amount of energy output as the proposed 1,000 solar panels.
reported that the cost of the solar panel systems had decreased over the past four to five years by more than 25.0%.
With the elimination and reduction of many of the government programs in Europe, it had been estimated that the cost of solar panels in 2011 would decrease another 40.0%, just for the cost of materials.
In the event the Board decided to move forward with a solar program at the San Miguel Pump Station and Reservoir, Mr. Jaspar
asked that the Board not only consider the idea of the program already introduced, but review the cost benefit analysis of the rental program versus owning its own system.
suggested that the paybacks were considerably shorter than they had been in the past.
He explained that he had been a solar owner himself and that his solar panels and inverter equipment carried a 20-year warranty from the manufacturer which would replace, repair, or resolve any problems.
explained that he
had contacted that manufacturer within the first two years of installation and the manufacturer had replaced an inverter and solar panels.
Mr. Jaspar asked the Board to take action by either authorizing or not authorizing the installation of the solar panel system but, if so, to authorize an executive and financial operative within the organization to secure a complete financial overview of the benefits to the District for buying the service from an outside firm as opposed to District ownership.