The town plans to install solar panels on town offices in 2011 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2020.
The project is part of the climate change efforts adopted by the town in May 2009 and of a larger state mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
In 2006, the California State Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The act set 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals into law, mandating that measures to meet the 2020 target be adopted by 2011.
In response to AB 32, the League of California Cities Task Force, of which Danville Mayor Mike Doyle is a board member, wrote climate change best management practices for towns and cities.
With those best practices in mind, in May 2009 the town adopted a climate action plan, said city attorney for Danville, Rob Ewing.
The most recent project from that plan is the installation by 2011 of a photovoltaic system, a system which uses solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity, on town office buildings at 510 La Gonda Way or 1000 Sherburne Hills Rd.
The project is estimated to offset about 15 percent of the energy usage for the town offices and an added savings of $1,000 a month, said Steve Lake, development services director and city engineer.
The proposed cost to the town for that project, which would be funded as a capital project, is up to $500,000, Lake said.
He said designs for the solar panels will be submitted some time in July and construction on the project would begin some time next year.
The town also worked toward the 15 percent emissions reduction goal in August 2009, with a PG&E project that replaced yellow high-pressure sodium lights on Camino Tassajara and Sycamore Valley Road with white LED lights.
With the help of a $168,000 federal stimulus grant, the town replaced 272 streetlights.
Those lights were chosen because they are owned by the town. Other street lights in town are jointly owned by the town and PG&E, or are owned by PG&E.
Lake said the new lights are reducing the energy usage of that street lighting by 40 percent. The new lights are also saving the town about $6,000 a year and 80,000 kilowatt hours a year, he said. In comparison, most single-family homes use between 1,000 and 2,000 kilowatts hours a month.
More information about the street light project and the full May 2009 climate action plan are available in the attached PDF documents.