Reno Contracting, a locally based general contractor, announced the installation of a 2.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic system at California State Prison Lancaster for SunEdison.

The company said the project was completed in eight weeks and ahead of schedule despite high winds and increased security measures at the prison.

“Reno Contracting is proud to have built diverse solar projects for SunEdison over the past few years,” Reno Contracting President Walt Fegley said in a statement. “Each project is aimed at creating more efficient and cost-effective facilities for commercial and government organizations.”

The project at the Lancaster prison is one of five projects across five Southern California state prisons that have added a combined 23 megawatts of solar power in 2012, an initiative undertaken by SunEdison, a solar energy services provider, in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The CDCR said the five solar projects should save the state approximately $55 million in energy expenses during the next 20 years.

—SDBJ Staff Report