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Co-op solar saves $1680 on electricity

The Berkeley Student Cooperative's first solar photovoltaic (PV) array generated $1,680 worth of electricity during its first year of operation.  Located on the roof of Lothlorien, the 33 panel, 7.92 kW array is the first solar PV installation on student housing in Berkeley, having been built in 2010 at a cost of $35,000.  The BSC also boasts solar hot water panels on 14 of its buildings and implements energy efficiency and insulation upgrades every year.  This keeps our energy bill low (just $40 per member each month) and helps the Co-ops stay affordable in the face of rising energy prices.  Please visit the BSC Sustainability Website for more information on our energy conservation efforts and other sustainability programs, such as chickens and recycling.