An effort to make a green campus has been done by Butte College in California, by installed solar panels to harness solar energy for its annually electricity needs. About 25,000 solar panels has been installed to produce approximately 6.5 million KW hours each year.
The electricity produced by the solar system is more than the campus annually power needs, so its will be connected to the grid. Thus, its expected could save up to $75 million dollars of institution during the period of 15 years. Cost savings will be used to cover the installation cost and operational of the system, besides the possibility to provide scholarships for the students at Butte College.
The campus green step has become a model for other campuses in the United States to be able to take advantage of renewable energy from solar energy to meet the campus energy needs which environmentally friendly and cost-effective. Forward, the ability of students to be able to operate its own system would be more saving the operational and maintenance cost of the system itself. In addition, the students will also be able to learn or to get training about the solar system installation.