ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Metropolitan Detention Center is going green in an effort to save taxpayers money.
On Friday, the new solar station was unveiled. It will generate about 20 percent of the power the jail needs.
It’s made possible through a partnership with the company SunEdison.
“The facility is going to be able to save power starting day one on their peak power rate and it’s a fixed rate for the next 20 years. So as the cost of power increases, the facility will continue to save more money over the years,” said Matthew Dickey, SunEdison managing director of sales.
The installation will generate an estimated 2.4 million kilowatts of energy annually. That’s the equivalent of powering 200 homes for a year.