Solar energy array built at California State Prison

Reno Contracting installed a 2.6 MW solar photovoltaic project at California State Prison Lancaster, California, for SunEdison. The single-axis tracker PV project incorporates 9,500 panels.

The Lancaster facility is one of five state prisons in Southern California that has added a combined 23 MW of renewable power in 2012, an initiative undertaken by SunEdison and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. These solar projects should result in $55 million in energy cost savings over the next 20 years, according to the CDCR.

Reno served as general contractor and despite high winds and heightened prison security requirements, completed the project in only eight weeks. This was nearly a 50 percent reduction from the original construction schedule.

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