Dwyer Students Protest Solar Panels Placement

About 200 students from Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach, CA, marched from their school to nearby Lake Park to protest the planned installation of solar panels on

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Dwyer students speak out at protest in Lake Park. Photo: John Earl, SCV

the grass field in front of their school. Parents’ groups and students say that they were not adequately informed about the plans and that the solar panels will block the view of the school, which is recognized as an important historical site. School officials say that the public was fully informed throughout the process but strong opposition to the plans came only after it would be too expensive to move the panels to a new location. The protesters focused on critcizing Chevron, which the Huntington Beach City School District has contracted with to provide solar energy panels for five schools, including Dwyer, Hawes, Seacliff, Smith and Sowers to provide 33 percent of districts electrical power–at a minimum estimated savings of $75,000 a year. The students plan an overnight protest on the school site. A full report will appear in the Surf City Voice www.surfcityvoice.com over the weekend.

Addendum: Apparently there is no “overnight” protest at the Dwyer school afterall. The report was based on information posted on signs distributed by protest organizers earlier in the week. There is no such overnight protest, however.

Also, on another note, foundations for the solar panels have already been installed on the lawn at the front of the school.

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2 thoughts on “Dwyer Students Protest Solar Panels Placement”

  1. Follow the money trail. Who receives the money from Chevron: The students, the school, the school district administration,the HB City Council which I doubt.

    Just be honest and tell us who was paid off to allow the construction of these solar panels.

    Chevron just did not walk in and handed over solar panels out of the kindness of their heart.

    Great for the students to be involved. Video game to follow on how a small, merry band of student brought down Corporate America and dare question the stupidity of the “powers to be.” Should be in 4 levels with a pot of gold at the end.

    Show me the money.
    Milt Dardis
    Huntington Beach CA

  2. “the solar panels will block the view of the school, which is recognized as an important historical site”

    Ahhh, Dwyer Middle School the all important historical site. It’s just amazing how many tourists flock to marvel at the beautiful architecture and lush foliage that make up the campus.

    I’m truly saddened by the students and parents that are participating in these “protests”. If they are worried about the appearance of their school, then their priorities are out of line. Green energy is the future, and I can’t think of a better way to get our children to realize the importance of alternative energy. By installing these units in the front of school, children are given the opportunity to think about the energy they use everyday as they attend class. In fact, this may motivate a student at Dwyer to pursue a career in science and to develop alternative energy methods. By no means am I a fan of the environmental (toxic waste in Richmond, CA) and human rights (Nigeria) record of the Chevron company, but I believe this is a step in the right direction. Of course they are only in it to make money, after all they are a business. But the fact is the school is saving money, and we’re moving towards clean energy. Let’s embrace this for what it really is, and hope that Huntington Beach continues to encourage the development of access to alternative energy throughout the community.

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