Ironwood Prison & SunEdison Activate 1.18-MW Solar System

California’s Ironwood State Prison and SunEdison announced the activation of a new 1.18-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar power system. The PV system, which will deliver 2.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy in the first year of operation, was built through a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and SunEdison.

Under a solar power services agreement (SPSA), SunEdison financed, constructed and will operate the solar energy system. The CDCR will purchase the energy at set prices equal to or less than current retail rates over the life of the system.

“This system at Ironwood has more than 6,200 PV panels that utilize the sun, our greatest natural resource. Plus, they require little to no water to operate, which makes PV a perfect solar technology for this region. In the first year, the system will produce more than 2.4 million kWh of clean renewable solar energy. That has an immediate beneficial impact upon our environment,” said Harry Franey, Chief of Energy Management and Sustainability Section for CDCR.

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