11.2-MW portfolio of neighborhood solar initiatives accomplished in Illinois
ENGIE North America and Solstice have completed an 11.2 MW portfolio of municipal solar projects in the Commonwealth Edison service area of Illinois. The projects can now be registered by ComEd customers.
“We’re excited to develop community solar projects that will enable Illinois residents to participate in the clean energy transition,” said Luis Felipe Birolini, Head of Distributed Renewables at ENGIE North America. “The projects demonstrate ENGIE North America’s belief that good business must also be good for the environment and the communities. In conjunction with Solstice, our solar projects enable more Americans to save money while helping install clean, local energy that is generated right here in northern Illinois. “
These Whiteside County, Illinois projects were built on land that was supplemented with native prairie pollinator habitats. These solar projects not only help bees and local agriculture, but also create jobs with around 80 full-time employees who are involved in the development and construction of the solar parks. The projects also provide long-term economic support through operations and local taxes over their lifetime.
ENGIE is an approved provider and Solstice is a recognized agent of the Illinois Shines Program, also known as the Adjustable Block Program or “ABP”. Illinois Shines is a government-administered program run by the Illinois Power Agency to promote new solar development and solar PV systems. These community solar parks produce local solar power, and RECs are being sold to the Illinois Shines program to help Illinois meet its renewable energy goals.
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