Federal Correctional Institution to celebrate completion of solar project in New Jersey

By Dorothy Davis

The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Fairton, a medium security facility for male offenders, has announced a ribbon cutting event July 20, 2010 to recognize completion of a comprehensive energy reduction program developed by Constellation Energy.

FCI Fairton, located in rural south central New Jersey, 50 miles southeast of Philadelphia and 40 miles west of Atlantic City will host the celebration which will provide an overview of the $8.9 million energy project which combines the use of a 400 kW solar photovoltaic installation in conjunction with essential energy preservation methods.

Constellation Energy’s Senior V.P. of Green Initiatives, Michael Smith along with FCI Fairton’s Warden, Paul Shultz will officiate the event providing insight into the expected sustainability of the project to reduce energy consumption costs at the FCI Fairton facility.

According to the U.S. Government Accounting Office, the Federal Bureau of Prisons spent approximately $67 million between 2004 and 2008 to operate utilities in all prison institutions.

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