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Solar Panels to Power a California Jail

---Mother Nature Network

The solar power system will meet 70 percent of the jail's energy needs, and save nearly $14 million in electricity costs over 25 years.

As California deals with overcrowding in its state prison system by transferring low-level offenders to county correctional facilities, one municipality has found a way to cut costs without cutting services while also helping the state meet its renewable energy goals. Merced County has recently announced that it has commissioned a 1.4-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) array to power the county’s correctional facilities in El Nido, Calif.