Coleman federal prison will be going solar

The Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman will be getting a $45 million solar project expected to save the prison complex at least $79 million over the next 20 years.

Constellation Energy of Baltimore will be installing a 2-megawatt (DC) solar generation project at the prison, according to a press release.

“Working as a team with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and FCC Coleman personnel, we developed an energy project that is expected to deliver an exceptional volume of renewable energy generation and replace antiquated, inefficient infrastructure and equipment with new energy efficient infrastructure and equipment,” John Dukes, executive director of federal and public sector sales for Constellation, said in the release.

“The upgrades are designed to improve energy security while providing significant cost savings through energy and water intensity reductions and increasing the use of renewable energy for the site,” he added.

According to Dukes, the efficiency measures implemented at FCC Coleman are expected to result in total energy intensity reduction of 35 percent and water intensity reduction of 50 percent. The upgrades are designed to enable FCC Coleman to conserve an estimated 18 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 194 million gallons of water annually and thereby avoid the emission of an estimated 323,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the term of the contract.

FCC Coleman is comprised of five facilities and includes more than 2.4 million square feet of building area, housing over 7,400 inmates. The conservation measures installed by Constellation include: high-efficiency (LED) lighting, building automation controls, chiller plant optimization, cooling tower upgrades, hot water heating system upgrades, high efficiency transformers, low-flow toilets and faucets, refrigeration upgrades and a 2 MW solar array. Under the terms of the energy savings performance contract, the conservation measures are guaranteed to provide approximately $79 million in cost savings to the bureau over 19 years. The bureau will use the resulting savings to fund the efficiency upgrades and solar project.

Work is scheduled for completion in 2017.


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