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Butte College goes 'off the grid' with solar energy

8:06 AM, Jun 30, 2011   |    comments
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OROVILLE, CA - Butte College has become the first college in the history of the United States to go completely "grid positive."

That means Butte College can now generate more electricity from its 25,000 solar panel arrays than the school can use.

"That's a good thing for us," Butte College president Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg explains. "It helps us be a little more entrepreneurial and make more money for the college."

Known as the catalyst that launched Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers' career, as well as former NFL great Larry Allen's, Butte College continues to garner acclaim with going "off the grid".

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom released this statement on Wednesday:

"I applaud Butte College for reaching this impressive milestone. After years of work to install thousands of solar panels on campus, Butte College has become the first in the country to generate all of its electricity, and then some, from renewable energy.

This achievement will reduce the college's carbon emissions, lower its utility bills, and serve as a resource for training workers for jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors.

As we seek to make renewable energy sources a larger part of California's overall energy portfolio, Butte College serves as a model, showing the way toward a clean energy future."

News10 multi-media journalist and Butte College alum Brandon Atchison files this report, batchison@news10.net

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