Solar for Malakoff

Downtown at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

The long-awaited reconstruction of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge in the South Yuba River State Park and energy efficiency improvements to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park are scheduled to begin in August 2018. The improvements will benefit the local economy while preserving Nevada County’s history. Both parks will remain open to the public during construction.


We need your help to bring a solar electric project to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park!

Please send an e-mail to Governor Brown requesting his support today.

FIVE easy steps:

  • Go to
  • Select “have comment” button
  • Choose subject “Budget Proposal – 2016-17”
  • On next page, Click “pro”
  • Let Governor Brown know why you support SB 826 to include $700,000 in the 2016-17 State Budget for a solar electric project at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
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Here are a few thoughts you can include in your e-mail to the Governor (cut, paste, edit and sign!):

Dear Governor Brown,

I request your support for SB 826 to include $700,000 in the 2016-17 State Budget for a solar electric project at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

A solar project at Malakoff State Park, with its history of human-caused environmental destruction, could serve as a state and national model for a green and more economically efficient rural State park, and leave a legacy of sustainability.  The Park is well-used by locals and tourists alike for hiking and recreation, and by the local school district for educational field trips.

Currently, the State spends at least $70,000 per year to run generators for lights and security systems at the Park that protect 100,000 historic artifacts.  Due to the remote location, PG&E estimated it would cost $2 million to bring conventional electricity to the Park, not including right-of-way access.

State Parks estimates the cost to construct the solar project at $700,000.  This modest investment will save the Park money and reduce a major infrastructure operation cost.  It will also enable the campground to expand, adding amenities to attract more visitors and help grow the economy of the surrounding area.

Major Press Coverage:

June 29, 2016 — The Union — Malakoff Diggins Solar Electric Project a go in Governor’s Signed Budget

June 17, 2016 — The Union — Strong Hopes for Governor Approval of Solar Project at Malakoff Diggins

June 1, 2016 — The Union — Malakoff Diggins solar project advances; officials keep working on Bridgeport Covered Bridge