Soltage, an independent power producer, started construction on three solar projects developed under the Illinois Community Solar Program.
“We are proud to begin construction on an additional portfolio of projects in the great state of Illinois,” said Jon Cole, senior VP of development at Soltage. “Customers who subscribe to these projects receive significant savings on their electricity bills, as well as price certainty over time as these projects will be running for many decades.”
The project portfolio is composed of Bolton Freeport solar 1 (2.58 MWDC), Freeport Fairview Solar 3 (2.58 MWDC) and Danville Michigan Solar 1 (1.81 MWDC). These solar projects are located in the cities of Freeport and Danville. The addition of these projects brings Soltage’s community solar portfolio to eleven individual assets in Illinois.
Subscribers to these solar projects will include local commercial, municipal, and residential energy consumers who Soltage is serving alongside longtime Illinois partner MC Squared Energy Services. These three projects, once constructed, are anticipated to provide over 10,000 MWh of renewable energy per year and operate for a minimum of 40 years.
These projects aim to integrate both renewable energy and ecological restoration by incorporating native vegetation beneath the solar panels. The operational protocols for these solar projects feature 27 unique varieties of low profile and pollinator friendly native vegetation planted across over 20 acres of land. In addition to producing clean energy, the projects will serve as a critical habitat for local flora and fauna.
The Illinois Community Solar Program was established in 2018 by the Future Energy Jobs Act to support the development of new photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar projects in Illinois. A component of the program, Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, obligates the Illinois Commerce Commission to take various actions to implement new programs, initiatives and directives to further the State’s goals of transitioning the State to 100% clean energy.
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