Solar-power plan for jail advancesFebruary 17th, 2012 at 12:25 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
A plan to partially power the Metropolitan Detention Center took a major step forward this week with Bernalillo County commissioners approving a purchase agreement.
Under the deal SunEdison, a California company, will design, build and operate a 999-kilowater solar array proving about 20 percent of the electricity consumed by the jail west of Albuquerque.
PNM will supply the remainder of the power.
County officials say the plan will save money over time as the 20-year agreement calls for SunEdison to charge a flat rate for the power it supplies.
Construction is expected to generate 20-40 local jobs, according to the county.