Butte College is thinking positive, grid-positive

[caption id="attachment_1437" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Solar arrays at Butte College"][/caption] Congratulations to our AusPen customers, Butte College,  for making history this morning! The Californian community college has become the first US college to generate more electricity from its solar panels than it consumes! An amazing accomplishment! Already a leader in environmental sustainability (hey, they'd have to be if they're using AusPen eco-friendly markers!), they are marking an important milestone as the first 'grid-positive' college. Butte College's solar arrays total 4.538 megawatts and will generate over 6.5 million kilowatt hours per year. The college estimates that it will save between $50 million and $75 million over 15 years, even after accounting for project costs and interest, by eliminating its electricity bill, getting paid for excess electricity production, and avoiding future electricity rate increases. For more information, visit their announcement on the Butte College website. We wish Butte College continued success!

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