Renewable energy campus ends up costing lots of green

What could be better than a college community that produces all its own renewable energy, saves money, and even has surplus power to sell? Well such was the recent plan of the Los Angeles community college district. But according to the Los Angeles Times, this green energy plan proved to be wildly impractical, and ended up costing taxpayers nearly $10 million. For starters, green energy takes up lots of room, and the colleges would not have come close to meeting their energy needs even if solar panels and wind turbines were wedged into very available space. Since average winds at the campus were not enough for a wind turbine to even power a 60-watt light bulb, it’s little surprise the program was scaled down to a fraction of the original plan.

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