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Streetlights The Answer To San Diego Deficit?

— Taking advantage of San Diego’s sunny weather by putting solar panels on top of city streetlights may generate energy and money. Councilman Kevin Faulconer said the panels could generate enough power to run the lights.

"But also generate enough electricity to sell back to SDG&E and potentially could save the city millions of dollars a years," he said. "And that’s of course million of dollars we could put back into neighborhood services. "

Faulconer said that’s just one idea the city could implement to close it’s $57 million deficit instead of cutting hours at libraries and recreation centers. He and several other councilmembers oppose that suggestion from the mayor.

The council will soon get a chance to weigh in on next year’s finances. The mayor will formally present his budget proposal to the council this afternoon.

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CarolM | April 18, 2011 at 6:56 p.m. ― 5 years, 10 months ago

I am supportive of creative ideas to cut the deficit, as well as to be "green" in the city. I do think Coucilman Faulconer would need to consider if the street lights have meters to measure the power generated, if it would be sold back to SDG&E. In similar solar projects, where net energy is collected and sold back, a meter is required. Just a thought and this may just need more exploration. Let's keep looking for out of the box solutions, absolutely!

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brixsy | April 18, 2011 at 11:26 p.m. ― 5 years, 10 months ago

Closing libraries is always a bad idea, they are open limited hours as it is. Any idea that saves the city money and helps slash emissions is a welcome one. Might as well expand it to rooftops on govt buildings in the city, etc. If it's efficient on streetlights, it should work elsewhere.

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