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Go Oregon! Solar Array Project is Operational at Two Rivers Correctional Institution
News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
 
Posted: January 28th, 2010 10:52 AM
 
Go Oregon! Solar Array Project is Operational at Two Rivers Correctional Institution
 
In early 2009, ten Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) projects were selected for funding under the Go Oregon Stimulus Plan that was established by the Legislature last year to create jobs, correct deficiencies in critical systems and improve energy efficiencies. DOC was awarded $6,685,000 to complete several projects statewide.
 
Two Rivers Correctional Institution recently began work on the Solar Array project; one of two solar projects funded for the facility. The total budget for this project is $240,000. The system will be a supplemental solar power source for the laundry and food bank buildings located on the facility grounds, thus resulting in reduced electrical bills.
 
Christensen Electric of Portland, Oregon completed the majority of the project for just under $154,000. Remaining work, which is to be done by local contractors, includes installing gravel in the maintenance area, fencing and installation of a computer based trend analysis program to track the carbon dioxide avoidance the system provides.
 
DOC has entered into an exchange agreement with Umatilla Electric Cooperative to provide system output monitoring and reporting in exchange for renewable energy credits.
 
Contact Info: Tonya Sly, DOC Communications, 503-945-9426