The State of Ohio recently revealed that 400 solar panels installed at Ross Correctional Institution, located approximately 50 miles south of Columbus, will save the taxpayers approximately $245,000 annually in energy costs, paying for itself in just over 6 years, according to a recent Washington Times article. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said the solar-panel array “will be the primary source for hot water and heating in eight cell blocks,” according to the article. Ross warden Mark Hooks said the environmental impact and opportunity to provide job skills are as important as the savings the project provides, saying “You can’t have rehabilitation if you don’t give guys opportunities.” One inmate who worked on the project has already been offered a job after release by the construction company that installed the panels. For more, read the full article