By Sacramento Business Journal

A 1-megawatt solar project installed to supply power to the Yolo County jail and juvenile detention facility, at E. Gibson Road and County Road 102 in Woodland, is set to begin generating power Tuesday.

It is the first known solar project to use tax-credit bonds, called qualified energy conservation bonds, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The bonds were awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

It is anticipated that the cost of the project will be covered by utility savings, which is expected to amount to at least $8.7 million over the assumed 25-year life of the project.

The solar system is expected to avoid more than 2.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year, or the equivalent of removing more than 5,700 cars off the stateâ¿¿s roads over the life of the system.

⿿This new solar project is just one more step we have taken as a local government is recent years to reduce our carbon footprint,⿝ Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Helen Thomson said, in a news release. ⿿From 2006 to 2009 we reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent, returning the county to mid-1980 levels. This solar system at the justice campus will take us to 50 percent by 2011.⿝

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