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Solar panels installed at four state prisons

October 20, 2011 |  1:42 pm

Construction of solar power plants has begun at four state prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Thursday.

Workers with SunEdison have started installing solar panels at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi; Chuckawalla Valley and Ironwood prisons in Blythe; and North Kern State Prison in Delano.

The projects call for a total of more than 83,000 solar panels, providing 25 megawatts of solar power a year, the CDCR said. The environmental impact of the projects will be the equivalent of taking 90,000 cars off the road for a year.

The agency expects the projects to save taxpayers $57 million in energy costs over the 20-year life of the panels.

All four projects are expected to be completed by December.

Solar panels are scheduled to be installed at the state prison in Lancaster next summer.


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