2022 is on track to be a big year for solar energy in Illinois, with plans to complete more than 8,400 additional solar installations and double its workforce.
Sol Systems will own and operate the portfolio and will work with energy developer Tenaska to develop and construct the projects.
The capacity was awarded under the Illinois Adjustable Block Program, which was approved in September, after months of industry stagnation.
The acquisition of the $400m Blue Sky Project follows closely on the heels of Scout’s announced purchase of a 112 MW solar project in Missouri.
Also on the rise: GameChange Solar plans to use $150 million investment by Koch Strategic Platforms to expand market share and accelerate R&D. Brooklyn Public Library recently completed 21 kW solar plus storage project includes SimpliPhi lithium ferrous phosphate-based storage.
National Grid Renewables announced commercial operation of the 200 MW solar project that will contribute millions to local and state economies through tax revenue, landowner income, and job creation.
Rapidly falling price of solar panels has created an impetus for the construction of solar fields, which is often perceived as competing with crop production.
The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act is a governor’s signature away from setting Illinois on an expected path toward 100% clean energy by 2050.
The bill includes an immediate re-start of solar incentives through the Adjustable Block Program, potentially protecting thousands of solar jobs across the state.
Just 313 small rooftop solar projects were completed statewide in Q2 2021, compared to 2,908 a year earlier, as the state remains in a perilous solar incentive limbo.
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