A huge excavator in the foreground looks smaller than a Tonka toy next to the burned out shell of the Tustin hangar. Click to enlarge.
City Of Tustin May Have A New
Opportunity For Navy Property
Posted: November 10, 2023
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel
I was deeply saddened to hear about the fire that
engulfed one of the historic blimp hangars in Orange County earlier
this week. These majestic structures have always held a special place
of awe in my heart, and the destruction of one is a significant loss
for the City of Tustin.
As an aviation enthusiast who obtained a pilot's
license at the age of 18, I have always been captivated by the world
of flight. The blimp hangars, with their towering height and iconic
design, stood as enduring symbols of human ingenuity and our aspiration
to soar above the clouds.
News reports have raised questions about the future
of the land where the blimp hangar stood. Having recently received the
Web link to a fascinating national map of solar site locations, given to
me through the courtesy of Pat Flanagan, I couldn't help but notice the
scarcity of solar installations in urban areas, especially Orange County.
The picture below of the hangars was snipped from
that solar map.
The map can be reached by clicking
It was produced by the U.S. Geological Survey and Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratories. The map does fail to list some of the solar sites
in San Bernardino County despite their aerial image being shown.
With Orange County having ample land suitable for
solar panels at the hangar site, why should Orange County resort to
burdening and destroying environmentally fragile desert ecosystems for
its share of renewable solar energy production? Where is social and
Harnessing solar power within urban areas offers
a multitude of benefits. It minimizes the need for distant land acquisition
and infrastructure development, reducing environmental impact and
preserving precious natural spaces. Moreover, urban solar installations
can directly offset energy consumption in the areas they serve,
minimizing transmission losses and contributing to a more resilient
and localized energy grid.
The destruction of the blimp hangar is a tragedy,
but it also presents an opportunity to rethink our approach to solar
energy. Instead of expanding into sensitive desert landscapes, let's
focus on utilizing rooftops, parking lots, and other underutilized
urban spaces to generate clean, renewable energy. This shift not
only protects our environment but also fosters a more sustainable
and interconnected energy system.