California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to Utilize Solar Power

by Green Jobs Ready on May 7, 2011

According to, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has recently released a statement today announcing that it will pursue a total of five agreements to establish “nearly 23 megawatts of on-site solar-generated power” at several facilities, including the Chuckawalla Valley Sate Prison, the Ironwood State Prison, the California Correctional Institution, North Kern State Prison, and Lancaster’s California State Prison in Los Angeles County.

The press release estimates that over $55 million in taxpayer money will be saved over the course of the life of these agreements, which are already reduced in cost by various entities, including the group California Investor Owned Utilities, which is established through the California Solar Initiative Program and administered via the California Public Utilities Commission.

The agreements come as part of a conscious effort to abide by California Governor Jerry Brown’s stated goal of moving one-third of the state’s energy usage to be derived from renewable energy sources, which will in turn provide countless green jobs, by 2020.

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