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Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutoff

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With PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events this week affecting 30 counties in the state, many of us have been thinking about what we'd do and how best to prepare in the event our power is shut off.  As posted by our friends at KQED, we found this to be useful and wanted to share with the community:


One thing we would like to note is that in the event of a PSPS, the City expects to meet its customers’ water and sewer demands.  We do have standby generators at all of our water and sewer facilities, so you will continue to receive water on demand from our reservoirs, and be able to gravity flow sewer to our lift stations.

Lastly, if you don’t yet have an air purifier in your home, you may want to consider getting one now when they are readily available.  Be sure to get one that comes with a carbon filter as that is what will absorb the particulates from a fire.  

Oct. 10 Kings Fire in Brisbane

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Thankfully, yesterday's wind conditions were extremely mild at no more than 10 mph when a fire broke out on San Bruno Mountain at 10:50am.  As we watch the headlines coming out of Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds have resulted in a much different result after a fire broke out last night in Sylmar, the northernmost neighborhood of Los Angeles, which at the time of this posting, has burned 7.3 sq. miles and is 0% contained.

Named the "Kings Fire" by the Incident Commander, it burned 11 acres (about 8 football fields) and was quickly contained due to the firefighters that came from as far as Santa Cruz County Fire Dept. to help fight the grassfire, in addition to crews from North County Fire Authority, with Station 81 first on scene.  They all worked together extremely quickly to form two firebreaks which prevented the fire from spreading.


The request for a voluntary evacuation for upper streets was lifted by 1pm, with all roadways open by 2:30pm.  Two engines remained on-site last night to patrol the area.  There were no injuries to firefighters and no structures were affected from the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation by CAL FIRE.


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NCFA reminds residents to have home emergency kits available and be prepared for evacuation if needed.  Learn more at www.ready.gov/wildfires.  

Please get yourself signed up for SMCAlert if you haven't already done so: www.smcalert.info.  The City used this alerting system yesterday as well as social media to send a series of alerts in order to keep the community informed.  You may register up to five addresses in SMCAlert such as your home, work, child's school, or a relative's residence.  You may also register for SMS texts only by texting the zip code (i.e. "94005") to 888-777.

Click here to see a collection of photos from yesterday's incident which Councilmember Cunningham captured and shared with us.

Thank you to all who worked hard to keep our city safe!

Oct. 9 & 10 Large Scale Wind Event

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We received a call last night from PG&E indicating that due to a forecast windstorm affecting San Mateo County on Weds. Oct. 9 and Thurs. Oct. 10, an estimated 10,000 PG&E customers will have their power shut off. After listening in on a conference call at 12:30pm today, it was determined the cities of Half Moon Bay, Portola, and Woodside are within the scope of this event; Brisbane's power will not be shut off.  Needless to say, it is imperative for you to update your PG&E account information now so that you can also be notified 72 hours in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Read more information on the City's website here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/content/psps-alerts-pge

Press Release from PG&E regarding the week's large-scale wind event

We will continue to monitor this event and will keep the community apprised as learn more.

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City Hall PV Project

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Rooftop Solar System Outperforms Estimates

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BRISBANE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2019 – Sunterra Solar today announces the completion and successful operation of a 168-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system for the City of Brisbane, Calif.  The SunPower rooftop PV system was installed on Brisbane’s City Hall as part of the City’s comprehensive sustainability and energy efficiency program.

In its first six months of operation, the City’s solar energy system has outperformed expected estimates, producing 166,900 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean power to date.  On an annual basis, the system is expected to offset nearly all of the electricity used by the City’s administrative offices.  According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the system will displace approximately 9 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the next 20 years – the equivalent CO2 emissions from nearly 10 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

The City sought bidders for its solar project through a competitive process that took a novel approach, asking bidders not just to provide pricing but to estimate annual system production and degradation rates over a 20-year period.  Sunterra was selected due to its ability to demonstrate higher performance of SunPower systems.  SunPower Maxeon panels produce up to 55 percent more energy than conventional solar panels in the same roof space over 25 years.  SunPower also has the industry’s lowest degradation rates, a measure of a solar panel’s reliability over time.

“Although we are a relatively small city of 4,700 people, we take sustainability very seriously,” said Randy Breault, Director of Public Works, City of Brisbane.  “Sunterra did a great job of understanding that our intent in the bid process was to maximize energy production, and they were awarded the project because they had the highest production-to-bid cost ratio.  The team has been a pleasure to work with throughout the process.”

“Brisbane is a great example of what local communities can do to advance sustainability and take action on climate change while also being fiscally responsible,” said Chris Bunas, President/CEO of Sunterra Solar Inc.

Located just south of San Francisco, Brisbane has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by adopting a Climate Action Plan in 2015 and implementing several innovative strategies including rainwater catchment, solar thermal heating for the community pool, and a city-wide commercial building energy-efficiency program. For its efforts, Brisbane became the first city in California to win the Institute for Local Government’s Gold-Level Beacon Award in 2015 as well as subsequent Platinum Spotlight Awards for its holistic approach to addressing climate change.

About Sunterra Solar

Sunterra Solar is a one of California’s premier commercial solar power contractors, with more than a decade of experience planning, engineering, building and maintaining cost-effective solar energy systems for business, government and nonprofit clients statewide.  Sunterra utilizes a “veterans first” hiring policy in its goal to help support, retrain and hire returning military veterans.  For more information, visit www.sunterrasolar.com.

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