The Editorial Board
Thanks to the 2016 adoption of the Illinois Future Jobs Act, counties all over Illinois are acting on solar-farm ordinances and proposed solar farms. Champaign County joined the parade last week with the adoption of a solar-farm ordinance.
At the time the Legislature passed the Illinois Future Jobs Act in December 2016, much of the attention about the law was focused on how it included bailout provisions for two Exelon-owned nuclear power plants, including one near Clinton. More recently, though, we’re becoming familiar with its provision that requires Illinois utilities to get 25 percent of their retail power from renewable sources like wind and solar.
In every corner of the state, including Champaign County, private developers are stepping up to build solar farms that they say will benefit farmers, rural communities, consumers, air quality and power generators.