15 Dec '11, 3pm

Siemens Powers Merced County Lockups with 1.4 MW Solar Farm

Siemens Powers Merced County Lockups with 1.4 MW Solar Farm

The Merced County jail and a nearby juvenile justice facility in California's Central Valley are expected to draw about 70 percent of their electricity from a new 1.4 megawatt solar farm that fans out across 4.5 acres. The system supplied by Siemens is the first for the firm at a correctional facility, although the company has completed more than 20 solar power projects in nine U.S. states, according to Clark Wiedetz, the head of renewable energy for Siemens USA's Building Technologies Division. "The economics of the system could not be better," Merced County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Pedrozo said in a statement to mark a recent ribbon-cutting event at the solar farm. "We can expect more than $300,000 in equivalent electricity savings every year and a net positive cash flow that over 25 years will reach, according to projections, nearly $9 million." The installati...

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