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Butte College Becomes First College in Nation to Become Grid Positive

Butte College Solar Panels

Butte College Set to Become
First in U.S. to Generate More Electricity
from Solar Arrays than it Consumes

College Marks Its Historic
‘Grid-Positive’ Status June 29 at 10 a.m.


OROVILLE, CA -- Butte College, a community college located 75 miles north of Sacramento and a national leader in environmental sustainability, will make history next week when it becomes the first college in the U.S. to go ‘grid-positive,’ producing more than 100% of the electricity it uses from its on-site solar arrays. These solar arrays total 4.538 megawatts and will generate over 6.5 million kilowatt hours per year. The college estimates that it will save $100 million over 30 years and avoiding future electricity rate increases.

Butte College will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark this unprecedented milestone on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10 a.m. PT.

WHAT: Butte College Ribbon Cutting to Mark ‘Grid Positive’ Achievement

WHO: Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, President, Butte College

         Jack Scott, Chancellor, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

         Michael Miller, Director of Facilities, Planning and Management, Butte College

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 10 a.m. PT

WHERE: Butte College Campus

3536 Butte Campus Drive

Oroville CA 95965

Event will take place at covered solar walkway across from the Campus Center.

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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