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.