CDCR charging ahead on solar energy

By Bill Sessa, CDCR Public Information Officer

With the recent completion of a 1.2 megawatt (MW) solar energy field at Pleasant Valley State Prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now generating 33.63 MW of electrical power at 12 institutions with more planning in the next year.

CDCR’s use of solar energy is projected to reduce greenhouse gas CO2 emissions by more than 61,000 metric tons in 2014 and save taxpayers approximately $78 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

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Pleasant Valley State Prison recently completed a 1.2 megawatt solar energy field.

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4 Responses

  1. Katie Magill Monday, September 8, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    I am also pleased to hear that CDCR is on the way to helping our planet. Great idea, Karen. I often wonder why things take so long. Just a thought: Level I farms, of swine that could survive off of the leftovers and in turn the methane gas from the manure could be used for state vehicles. Or maybe just a composting department.

  2. Enrique E.Castillo Monday, September 8, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Calipatria and Centinela state prisons are located in a desert which has sun at least 330 out of 365 days a year. It is a great opportunity for some solar panels to save the earth, and save the state some money.

  3. KAREN ALMIND Thursday, September 4, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    We have three houses with solar and I currently drive an electric Volt vehicle to work each day (78 miles round trip), using less than 1 gallon of gas per day. I recommend that the institutions install electric charging stations for their staff. Doing this could help also reduce greenhouse gases.

  4. Roberta Atkinson Thursday, September 4, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    I am so pleased to read this article about CDCR’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases, not to mention the tremendous savings in energy costs! All State agencies need to do what they can to help our planet!

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