Beginning in 2006, SunEdison has installed ground-mounted solar systems at five prisons in California including North Kern State Prison, Chuckawalla
Valley State Prison, Ironwood State Prison, California Correctional Institution, and Los Angeles County.
One of those companies, SunEdison, owns and maintains a solar farm on Chuckawalla
Valley State Prison property that consists of five acres of ground-mounted solar panels.
The land exchange provides for Kaiser to grant 2,846 prime desert acres to the BLM, much of which lies north and south of Interstate 10 in California on the Chuckawalla
Bench, an area designated by the United Fish & Wildlife Service as critical habitat for the desert tortoise and other sensitive species.
The first facility to open will be the Chuckawalla
Valley State Prison, a state-managed institution in Blythe, California.
State prison opened in 1988 and Ironwood State Prison opened in 1994, boosting a local economy that had been dependent upon agriculture.