DOE Will Install $2.3 Million Photovoltaic Project

The Department of Energy recently announced that it is working with Pepco Energy Services, Inc. to construct a $2.3 million photovoltaic project at its Germantown, Maryland, campus.

The 10-month construction project award, which began in October 2010, includes a 300 kW solar PV ground-mounted array and a 52 kW solar PV carport array with a Class II electric car charging station. Both the ground array and the carport array will be operational by July 2011.

This renewable energy project will use monocrystalline PV modules manufactured by incarcerated Americans employed through Federal Prison Industries (FPI). 

Once completed, the project will produce significant renewable energy and reduce the Department of Energy’s greenhouse gas emissions. It will also effectively remove approximately 350 kW of energy demand off the grid daily when the system is at full design and operation.

The announcement comes fast on the heels of President Obama’s second State of the Union address, in which he reiterated his goal of making the United States the first country in the world to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

“Pepco Energy is pleased to implement the Department of Energy’s photovoltaic project,” said John Huffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Energy.  “We are excited to work with the Department of Energy on this important step forward advancing the commercialization of electric vehicles.”

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john papandrea
John p6 years ago

Bangladesh just reached the million homes solar mark while the U.S. has only 10,000 completely solar home. Now we're using prison labor while the manufacturing sector sits idle. When will we engage all the gears in the FORWARD direction instead of halting steps ahead and too many steps backward?

Julianna D.
Juliana D6 years ago


Ann P.
A P6 years ago

James P. if you make such a declaration of fact, while condemning "propaganda" it would seem reasonable to expect you to site the sources of your statistics.

Tried google and - didn't find. Did find these:

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman6 years ago

interesting thanx

Will L.
Past Member 6 years ago


Willem S.
w S6 years ago

How environment friendly is the manufacturing process of voltaic cells. We never look at the full picture , only the part that suits us.

Carla Manning
Carla M6 years ago

To Robert B. GET REAL!! This is a way for inmates to contribute to society in some way and to earn some $ and I'm sure it helps them mentally as them some purpose.

Way to go Maryland! Keep up the awesome work.

Robert B.
Robert Bernal6 years ago

That gave me mixed feelings, especially for close to $10/watt!

Instead of using inmates as slaves (even though I would want to do that if I was in prison) WE NEED TO URGENTLY DEMAND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ROBOTIC solar PV factory.
Instead of mere MW's, we would have GW and eventually, TERRAWATTS of solar PV capacity due to the nature of free robotic labor.

Maggie O.
Maggie Obrien6 years ago

This is awesome and is going to make a big diff...thamx to all involved :)

Martha Pendino
Past Member 6 years ago

Good news!