Following the 2006 installation by SunEdison, a solar energy services provider, of ground-mounted solar systems at five prisons in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) system, the programme is helping save taxpayers US$45 million.
The CDCR’s “Going Green” initiative sees SunEdison continuing its management of 18.4MW of distributed solar energy power on prison grounds. Solar projects are installed at North Kern State Prison, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Ironwood State Prison, California Correctional Institution and Los Angeles County.
Attila Toth, general manager of distributed generation solar for SunEdison, stated: “By working with our finance partners we've been able to complete these projects without using California taxpayer general funds and generate significant savings for the state. Our management and operations capabilities are designed to ensure high performance for the CDCR over the next 20 years.”