On-Site Power, Renewables, Solar

SunEdison, TerraForm Power bring solar energy to California prison, hospital

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) and TerraForm Power have completed the 2.6-MW solar power system at the Coalinga State Hospital and a 1.6-MW solar system at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in California. The systems were installed for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Department of State Hospitals.

“Pleasant Valley is one of 12 prison sites that use solar-generated electricity, as part of our larger program to make all of our facilities as low-polluting and energy efficient as possible,” said Deborah Hysen, acting director of Facility Planning, Construction and Management for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “Our use of solar energy is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 61,000 metric tons in 2014 and will save taxpayers approximately $78 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.”

Owner of the systems, TerraForm entered into a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) with CDCR and the California Department of State Hospitals. Operation and maintenance of the two solar power plants will be performed by the SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC).

Subscribe to Power Engineering magazine