California’s Butte College Going Grid Positive with Solar Power

June 30, 2011 · Print This Article


Butte College, which lies about 75 miles outside Sacramento, will be the first college in the nation to go grid positive — that is, generate more electricity than it uses.

The college is achieving this amazing feat by operating 25,000 solar panels on its property that will generate 6.5 million kWh per year, decent to capability 941 homes.  The reduction in emissions from using renewable energy will be equal to taking 615 cars

off the road.

The college will additionally benefit financially from the solar arrays, saving $50 million - $75 million in the first 15 years by getting rid of an electricity bill, getting paid for excess electricity and avoiding future electricity rate hikes.  That number plus accounts for project costs.

Butte has plus put a lot of emphasis on efficiency and sustainability measures with several LEED certified buildings, […]

[Source] Cynthia

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