Illinois to see more solar from ComEd

Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
posted by rene5432

After slow development in the state's solar market, some northern Illinois residents could finally be drawing renewable electricity directly from the sun, according to The Chicago Tribune.

A new project being supported by one of the state's two main utility companies, Commonwealth Edison, could bring solar energy to as many as 4,000 homes throughout the state.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Illinois' solar power installations have remained fairly limited compared to market leaders like California and New Jersey. But the state lags behind only Ohio in the Midwest and Great Plains, largely on the back of the utility-scale solar power plants.

Now ComEd looks to another new plant that would be the largest in the entire Midwest at 23 megawatts.

"It's an important first jump in meeting the solar goals that are in the [renewable portfolio standards] for the state," Arlene Juracek, head of the Illinois Power Agency, told the Tribune.

Illinois already requires that 6 percent of electricity from utilities come from renewable sources and that proportion will go steadily over coming years, according to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

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