Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Congratulates Butte College on Achieving First-in-the-Nation ‘Grid-Positive’ Energy Status


Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement congratulating Butte College in Oroville, California for being the first college in the U.S. to generate more than 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewable energy:

“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.”