DPR, along with Joint Venture partner Chico Electric constructed a ground breaking project that supplies over 100 percent of Butte College’s electricity needs. The Phase 3 solar project, adds approximately 15,000 solar photovoltaic panels, totaling 2.7 megawatts, to its current 10,000 solar panels.
The project team installed 12 solar arrays at the school’s main campus and one at its satellite location in Chico, CA. The majority of the panels are mounted to canopies, carports and shade structures; additional panels are ground mounted.
Phase 3 allows Butte College to generate 6.381 million kWh per year, making it the country’s first grid-positive college. Butte College is the largest solar producing college in the world with a system total of 4.5 megawatts of clean renewable energy generation capability.
12 solar arrays totaliing 15,000 solar photovoltaic panels