California's Ironwood State Prison and SunEdison have activated a new 1.18 MW ground-mounted photovoltaic solar power system, which will deliver 2.4 million kWh of energy in its first year of operation. The project was deployed through a public-private partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and SunEdison.
Under a solar power services agreement, SunEdison financed, constructed and will operate the solar energy system. The CDCR avoids all upfront capital costs and will purchase the solar energy at predictable prices equal to or less than current retail rates.
Ironwood is the second PV system SunEdison is managing for CDCR. In June 2006, SunEdison activated a 1.16 MW solar power system at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, which has produced more than 3.7 million kWh since commercial activation.