Covered in the Merced Sun Star: Merced County officials said they are about to switch on a 1.4 megawatt solar array to power correctional facilities in Merced County near El Nido.
The switch will be thrown at 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Correctional Facility at 2584 W. Sandy Mush Road.
Two triangular arrays deploying 6,272 solar panels were installed on 4.5 acres next to the John Latorraca Correctional Facility and the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex. One array produces 600 kilowatts of electricity and the other makes 800 kilowatts.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and view the solar arrays.
Merced County contracted with Siemens Industry Inc. Clean Energy Projects to deliver the solar photovoltaic system. It’s designed to provide around 70 percent of the facilities’ peak electricity consumption.