A solar generation project estimated to save the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo millions of dollars is expected to get underway this month.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) says the project, which will provide approximately 25 percent of CMC’s annual electricity requirements, will be built at no cost to taxpayers and is expected to save approximately $4 million in utility costs through a 20-year power purchase agreement, officials said.
“Renewable power provides a clean energy source, reduces the burden CDCR institutions impose on the power grid, saves taxpayers money and demonstrates our commitment to meeting the state’s energy goals,” said Kathleen Allison, CDCR Secretary.
“The 2-megawatt (MW) ground mount solar array system to be installed on the grounds of CMC outside the secure perimeter is expected to generate nearly four million-kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which is equivalent to providing electricity to approximately 460 homes per year,” according to a press release.
Solar arrays and wind turbines have already bee installed at 17 CDCR institutions.
The CMC project is expected to be completed next summer.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place during the work.
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