The Palm Theater (San Luis Obispo CA) is an independently owned movie theater and holds the distinction of being the first solar-powered theater in the United States.
In 2004, the theater installed 80 solar panels providing enough energy for sunny summer months and partial energy for less sunny days. The solar panels have resulted in a 50% decrease in energy costs.
Jim Dee has owned the Palm Theater since 1988 and expects to recoup his costs after 5 years.
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