Illinois

SEIA seeks Midwest expansion

The national solar association is setting up a committee to focus on solar expansion in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin in a move designed to refocus the association on state-level policy battles, which are where most observers believe the future of solar will now be decided.

Corporations covet clean-energy choices

A new report by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) indicates businesses want to settle in states with good clean-energy infrastructures.

Illinois energy bill passes without demand charges or repeal of net metering

SB 2814 includes reforms to the state’s renewable energy mandate, which will now support an estimated 2.0 GW of solar by 2025, as well as a bailout for aging nuclear plants.

Coal-plant closures bring opportunities for solar

A new report documents that most U.S. utilities remain firm on plans to eliminate coal plants on the already-announced schedule, offering the prospect of enormous business opportunities for the solar industry — as well as a glimmer of hope for displaced coal miners

Bill for massive coal, nuclear bailout, residential demand charges introduced in Illinois

SB2814 would introduce demand charges for residential customers, and could drown out new renewables in the state.

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Leclanché to undertake first energy storage project in the US

The Swiss energy storage solutions company has been selected by Swiss Green Electricity Management Group to act as EPC contractor and energy storage provider for the 20 MW Marengo Energy Storage Plant in Chicago, as part of a new strategic partnership between the pair to supply grid-scale battery solutions.

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