Prisoners Making Solar Panels instead of License Plates
Spire Corporation invested millions of dollars in a solar cell module factory at the prison in Otisville, NY. The company made this decision after they received a letter from Nasdaq saying they would be delisted if they did not increase their revenues to $50 million by the end of the 2008. Better solar cells than license plates, in my opinion. The inmates can receive training for emerging renewable technologies that can give them a fresh start once they have been released. Some people may complain, however, saying that this training gives them a job that lets them into people’s homes. The article also said that environmental groups may have a problem with it, but I’m not sure why. Renewable energy is the step we have to take after oil, and investments like these in training and manufacturing of these technologies is necessary if we are to make the switch.