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Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

Cal Poly Pomona (a California state university) has a hidden diamond in the rough called the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. We did some investigating at the facility that has lost funding to continue to conduct research. Its unbelievable that such a great engineering school with the solar energy resources on their campus doesn’t take maximum benefit of such a facility. Imagine if students could get hands on training for solar power right on campus, training the future in solar power is an integral part of the industry’s advancement and core element for the USA to become energy independent. According to the center’s website, “The mission of the Lyle Center is to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration and community outreach. The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. Located on 16 acres (6.5 ha) within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Center researches and demonstrates a wide array of regenerative strategies, including low-energy architecture, energy production technology, water treatment, organic agriculture, ecological restoration and sustainable community development.” The center had a concentrated solar panel system. this solar panel looks different because it has mirrors that magnify the suns light and forces more light into the solar panels making them more efficient. Its a more cost effective way to reduce the cost of solar panels although has its draw backs due to overheating issues. A dusty old solar panel tracking system, I did’nt notice it move and there was a lot of dirt on the solar panels, The system did’nt look like they were in operation from what we could tell. Solar Panel and Wind Power hybrid system sitting up on the hill. The wind turbine was an older model, it made a whining sound as the turbines rotated. It was a great day to be checking out the wind generator because there was wind really give it a kick. Solar Panels covered in weeds! Hey Cal Poly Pomona, if you don’t want those solar panels, I’ll put them to good use A sterling engine, or whats left of it, this is an amazing machine when its operating it has the potential to create utility scale power. We wonder why California isn’t reaching its 1 million solar roof top fast enough, when we have California state universities dropping the ball on renewable energy we truly realize the severity of the energy crisis America faces today. If you want to help or want to learn more about this great...

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