An Indianapolis-based solar technology company has been chosen for a large installation at an Ohio prison. Solar America Solutions LLC says the $1.7 million project will be one of the largest of its kind in North America. The company recently installed a system at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and a provided panels for a $1.1 million expansion at Bio-Response Solutions Inc. in Hendricks County.

November 21, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Solar America Solutions, an Indianapolis-based provider of leading commercial solar thermal heating solutions, has been selected by the DRC to provide solar thermal hot water and space heating systems in offender housing facilities at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ross Correctional Institution is a 1,700 acre facility opened in 1987 that houses 2,027 offenders.

“We're very happy to have been selected by DRC to provide a renewable energy solution that will produce tremendous savings, and also provide solar installation training for offenders to help reduce recidivism,” said Charlie Slavik, Solar America's Vice-President of Marketing and Sales. “Workers with green job experience are in great demand, and helping offenders gain skills that can help them compete for good jobs when they're released is a benefit to us all. When it’s completed, the Ross Correctional project will be one of the largest non-utility solar thermal installations in North America utilizing 400 of our SunQuest 250 solar thermal collectors. The DRC has made ecological and economic sustainability an important priority, and Solar America is very pleased to be a part of it.”

Jenny Hildebrand, DRC Energy Conservation & Sustainability Administrator said, “DRC's Three-Year Strategic Sustainability Plan was created to make economic and environmental sense, and outlines specific areas of improvement we strive for. Saving heating and hot water costs through renewable solar energy while training offenders in green job skills fits our objectives perfectly, and we're looking forward to getting started at Ross Correctional Institution with Solar America Solutions.”

Solar America Solutions, LLC and its SunQuest product line, specialize in highly efficient and renewable solar thermal energy solutions for government, industrial and commercial applications through a worldwide dealer and distributor network that regularly save end users 40 percent – 50 percent of their monthly heating costs. For more information, check online at

Source: Solar America Solutions LLC

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