In solar news out of Springfield Vermont, the Southern State Correctional Facility is now powered by solar energy.
This makes it the fifth correctional facility in Vermont to be powered by solar, against a total of seven in the state. In a press release earlier this week, Governor Peter Shumlin announced the completion of a 500 kilowatt solar net metering project, which is part of an initiative he announced in September of 2013.
The project at the Springfield correctional facility was homegrown in Vermont, using solar trackers produced in Vermont by AllEarth Renewables in Williston as well as electrical boards manufactured by PCM Image-Tek right in Springfield, 3 miles from the site.
The completion of this project is yet another step in the statewide goal to save taxpayers 2.5 million dollars in energy costs over twenty years while also creating at least 7 million kilowatt hours per year of clean solar electricity.