Thursday, April 18, 2013

Solar is on its way

This project has been in the works for several years – now that we’re seeing physical changes to our property to prepare for solar, I wanted to share history and details with you.

In the fall of 2010, our Board of Trustees appointed a committee to investigate the possibility of solar power for our Center. They quickly found out that it would be too expensive for the Center to consider installing on its own (about $300,000).

Fortunately, they discovered the existence of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)! Under this type of agreement, an outside company buys, installs, and maintains a solar installation at your property, and you agree to purchase the power produced by the solar installation.

The committee located three companies who were willing to look at an installation for an operation of our size, and met with each of these companies several times. After analyzing their proposals, the committee recommended contracting with California Clean Energy. The Board signed a Power Purchase Agreement with them in October 2011.

The initial idea was to install the solar structure on our roof. However, when the City of Santa Rosa Building Department reviewed the engineering analysis, the City decided the structure of our roof was marginal to hold the weight. Fortunately, installing a covered parking structure along our border wtrees 002ith Occidental Road proved to be a workable alternative.

As of this writing, we don’t have a schedule for when the construction will begin. We’ll continue to put up information posters in the entry to the Social Hall as we get further details.

Thank you for your ongoing support and your interest in the health of our community.

Warm regards,

Jan Davis

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sanctuary Lighting Renovation


The big news is the progress in our lighting renovation project. Our team is Jan Davis, Keith Kelsay, Keith Eggel, Paul Sarran and Evan Dow-Williamson.

So far we have:

  • Cleaned and repaired the dimmer-pack (an electrical component that conditions the electricity for the lights) saving the cost of $2000+ for a new one. (Yeah Paul!!!)
  • Purchased, flown and focused 4 new Fresnel fixtures that give a much more gracious and "kind on the eye" light for the middle section of the stage.
  • Refocused and put the necessary diffusion (filters) on the rest of the lights still in use)
  • Repaired existing fixtures.
  • Installed 4 new ceiling can lights that shine from the backstage ceiling down onto the gold curtains - and put them and the previously existing two cans on one dimmer switch backstage. This will enable us to light the curtains without blasting light through the speaker from the trapeze causing unnecessary shadows.
  • Ordered a new lighting board (it's on route now).

Still to do:

  • Create an extension cord that will allow us to move the lighting board across the balcony to its new home between the sound and the video areas.
  • Refine the lighting design. Codify our lighting practices for each service and invite volunteers to be trained on the newly renovated system so that we have a designated person running lights for each service.
  • Test a few more fixtures for some accent lighting.
  • Purchase a platform ladder for use in adjusting lightings (this will greatly improve our ability to do this safely).

Our Lighting Renovation Team Member and new volunteer Lighting Director  Keith Kelsay working to upgrade one of our spot lights...

keith kelsay

Lighting Renovation Team member Paul Sarran was able to rehabilitate and repair our dimmer pack - saving us over $2000 for the cost of a new one!!

paul sarran

In action, up the ladder, making it work. 


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