Clearway breaks floor on 4 Illinois group solar initiatives
Clearway Energy Group and Clearway Community Solar announced that construction of the company’s first solar projects in Illinois has begun. The four community solar parks under construction represent 12 MW of Clearway’s 60 MW community solar portfolio in Illinois and are located throughout Illinois. The projects are built by Signal Energy.
“We are proud of the team and partners who, despite this year’s challenges, have safely come together to advance Clearway’s first projects in Illinois,” said Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway Energy Group. “Community Solar plays an important role in meeting the state’s clean energy goals, providing local residents, municipalities and businesses with the opportunity to support local clean energy and reduce monthly utility bills.”
Today’s announcement marks Clearway’s first projects supported by the Illinois Shines Community Solar Program, designed under the Future Energy Jobs Act. Clearway’s Illinois municipal solar portfolio will create more than 70 jobs during construction and permanent positions after operations, and will represent a significant economic investment in the state.
The projects will go into operation in 2021. Upon completion of the four collaborative solar parks, more than 1,800 residential and commercial subscribers will be served in ComEd’s service areas in the greater Chicago area and beyond, including Northwestern University and the Village of Fox River Grove.
Earlier this year, Clearway and Northwestern University announced the university’s long-term agreement to source power from this portfolio, making Clearway’s first major solar participant in the state’s community. The company also announced the completion of its sixth community solar fund in August, freeing up capital for more community solar construction in Illinois and elsewhere.
Clearway Community Solar is a fully integrated company that manages project development, customer subscriptions and customer management and is becoming the leader in community solar with more than 200 MW projects across the country serving more than 15,000 customers.
With community solar options in the ComEd and Ameren service areas, residents, businesses and communities can support local solar power generation in Illinois by subscribing to a Clearway Community solar farm with no upfront cost or equipment installed on their property. Participants receive credits for solar bills, which reduce their utility costs and enable overall guaranteed savings.
Clearway is actively adding new subscribers to its community solar projects in development. For more information, please visit clearwaycommunitysolar.com.
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