Installation of solar panels may not be an option for Chicagoans traumatized by a week without sun, but a new report from the Illinois Department of Energy and Environmental Protection suggests that they could be worth it.
The Illinois Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (IDEP) and the Illinois Energy Authority (IEA) have teamed up with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to install more than 1,000 new solar power plants in Illinois. Solar in Bloomington and Normal is an extension of the program and will use the services of a Bloomington-based solar installer selected in the tender process. The solar plants are owned by Solar Power Illinois, an Illinois alternative energy services company that owns six photovoltaic plants. In addition to the six new systems, the MreA program has also reduced the cost of purchasing solar panels and other renewable energy products and services in BloomingTON - Normal, making them more affordable for residents and businesses.
By encouraging the growth of renewable energy, we will ensure that Illinois's wind and solar industry workforce is as diverse as the state. The company has installed more than 350,000 solar panels in Illinois and is helping its customers reduce their dependence on the power grid. Since its inception in 2006, the company has had over 20,000 customers, and its growth is thanks to its employees who have made a difference to customers "lives by providing them with access to renewable solar energy and other alternative energy products and services.
Lincoln Park High School aims to model environmentally sound practices and empower its students to become future leaders in the growing green economy. This demonstrates not only our commitment to finding solutions close to the citizen, but also our willingness to work with other schools and our commitment to share our solar knowledge with the world.
Chicago has an ambitious goal of generating 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources within five years. These efforts are supported by the Illinois Department of Energy and the Chicago Renewable Energy Council (CREL). Chicago is leading by example by boldly trying to revitalize its energy system at a time when local leadership is more important than ever.
To achieve this goal, the state provides incentives to help its citizens install solar panels on their roofs. In addition to the monthly savings, states like Illinois have incentives for homeowners to switch to solar energy. Knowing the newly developed idea of "shared solar energy," the solar phase-out in Chicago could be an option for many in the future.
Chicago is best known for its sprawling lakeside parks, but its residents also enjoy green spaces, fields and homes in the neighborhood year-round. There are more than 1,000 acres of green space in the Chicago area and Chicago is home to some of the largest parks and recreational facilities in the country, including Lake Michigan, Chicago Lakefront Park, Lakeview Park and Lake Shore Drive.
In 2010, Chicago launched the Solar Express Renewable Energy Initiative to promote green building in the city with a focus on green buildings and green infrastructure.
The solar plant on Ridgeland Common will produce 125,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year. Once the system is paid, homeowners can expect to save between $12 and $20 per kilogram of solar panels on monthly electricity bills. Just last year, there was a discount for homeowners who put up solar panels. Redfin found that Chicago homes - within a one-square-mile radius - save an average of $1,500 a year on their electricity bill.
Illinois, ranked 26th in the United States, is among the top five solar energy companies, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The museum is practicing what it preaches by hosting an environmentally friendly building that makes full use of solar energy and water-saving systems. Lincoln Park Zoo is unique in that it combines modern facilities while retaining much of the original turn-of-the-century architecture. Giese said: "Lincoln Park was chosen for its unique combination of energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental protection.
Exelon has specialized in solar energy in the past, with wind being one of the most popular renewable energy sources. Sun number 75 out of 100, which means that the building has the best potential for solar energy.
There is a website dedicated to the project, and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has provided funding for the construction of the building and the installation of solar panels on the roof. The latest success was in Chicago, where the goal of providing all buildings with clean solar energy was recently exceeded.
With a 2012 DOE Sunshot Initiative grant, the City of Chicago and ComEd have partnered with private partners and the University of Illinois to reduce cost barriers and reduce the cost of installing solar panels in the city. Together with a private partner, they have installed more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar panels. To continue to use solar energy cost effectively, the Park District of Oak Park has installed a new solar system at Ridgeland Common and Longfellow Center. The Park District has teamed up with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) over the cost of the solar system.