New program makes soaking up the sun easy

Blake Haas | WJBC

NORMAL – As the summer heats up, residents in Bloomington-Normal can catch some rays at a discounted price.

For homeowners, farmers, or business owners soaking up the sun has never been easier in the Twin Cities. Solar Bloomington-Normal achieved its first benchmark program since it was founded in 2016, triggering a deeper discount for Bloomington-Normal residents who are interested in installing solar panels on their homes, farms or businesses.

“The solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 is a group purchasing program for solar,” saidPeter Murphy, Solar Program Manager at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. “The idea being to make solar faster, easier and more affordable for homeowners, business owners, farmers but also residents as well who are not homeowners thanks to new legislation.”

According to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the Future Energy Jobs Act was signed into law in 2017 and was designed to help pivot Illinois to the new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and significantly expanding energy efficiency programs that help customers save energy and money, thus trickling down into Bloomington-Normal.

“The Future Energy Jobs Act provides for a massive increase in solar both utility scale solar and residential solar,” added Murphy. “It really emphasizes work force development as well. In the next couple of years we are going to see a huge explosion in terms of the deployment of solar.”

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