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Money, energy could be better spent

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The article "It's easy being green" (News, May 26-June 2) was a puffy piece about Cal Poly students building a "green" solar-powered house they'll truck to Washington, D.C. for a contest.

This tiny 600-square-foot green home should cost about $60,000, not the quarter-million being thrown into it.

The house's $45,000 solar electric system should produce about 24 Kwh per day, a profligate quantity for a tiny green house and enough to turn it into a refrigerator.

Trucking the house to D.C. and back wastes countless dollars and diesel fuel.

The money going into this high-profile project could build four or more small green houses right here for people who really, really need them.

Is the Solar Decathlon really about making a better world, or is it just another Cal Poly publicity stunt?

 

Linda Torrey

San Luis Obispo

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