More Than 100% Green

on July 08, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Distributed emission-free electrical generation may seem like a far-off dream. But one community college in Chico, California has already made it come true.

Butte College, located 75 miles from Sacramento, announced last week that it was producing more than 100% of its needed electricity through on-site solar panels, making it the first college in the country to be ‘grid positive.’

The solar panels will produce over 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power more than 900 homes, and will save the college approximately $50-$75 million over the next 15 years, the college estimates.

By producing more electricity than it consumes, the college will not only be saving but will also be earning money as it delivers extra power into the local electrical grid.

“I’ve asked community colleges to become more entrepreneurial and seek out new and innovative ways to generate revenue and cut operating costs,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott.

Watch the project in action on this video.

The video, hosted by Ben Lack, originally appeared on The Daily Energy Report.