In what some may find as a rather creative use of federal dollars, a prison in eastern Oregon has been granted $450,000 via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to fund installation of a renewable energy project. This project, a solar water heating system, is being installed at Oregon’s Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution.
The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, as reported by Natural Oregon, will be given the $450,000 grant to “design and construct a solar heating system to heat domestic water for use within the institution.” The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), which oversees the prison, plans to submit a request for proposals for a design of the system, followed by choosing a contractor to do the build out.
“We are pleased to make this award to the Oregon Department of Corrections,” said Shelli Honeywell, manager of the Oregon Department of Energy ARRA team, in a statement. “Not only will this project generate energy, but the funds will be used to put contractors to work.”
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