Solar technicians return to Peoria to put learned skills to use

July 15, 2019

By Rebecca Brumfield PEORIA, Ill. — ICC Solar Pipeline Training graduates are back home in Peoria putting their learned skills to work. These students first learned technical skills through the Tri-County Urban League. Sunpeak, a solar company out of Madison, Wisconsin, hired three Peoria grads who are working on the installation. A local graduate says…

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EDITORIAL: Illinois must green up as Trump continues to trash the environment

June 20, 2019

“Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state lawmakers need to roll up their sleeves and put Illinois on a path toward cleaner energy before it’s too late. … As the Trump administration tries to push the nation toward a greater reliance on climate-damaging coal-fired power plants, Illinois must move ahead on its own energy legislation to move…

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Spotlight: Jobs, equity and economic justice are at core of new Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act

June 14, 2019

By Andrew Barbeau and Christie Hicks Illinois has once again put itself at the forefront of the movement to promote a clean energy economy. Earlier this year, legislators including Sen. David Koehler, unveiled the Clean Energy Jobs Act (“Local advocates cheer state clean energy legislation,” Journal Star, Feb. 28), or CEJA, a groundbreaking bill that…

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Northern Illinois community will soon build 7.2 MW of solar through local funding

May 21, 2019

By Kelly Pickerel The Fox Valley area in Aurora, Illinois, will soon be home to multiple solar projects totaling more than 7.2 MW. The projects, funded through the Adjustable Block Program under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), will be organized by Progressive Business Solutions, a local company. The solar portfolio should be online by…

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General Assembly passes bill to promote renewable energy projects for universities

May 21, 2019

By Kevin Schwaller SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -– The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to pass a bill to allow public universities and state agencies to enter into renewable energy contracts for up to 25 years. The House on Tuesday passed a bill by a 108-8 vote to allow public universities and state agencies…

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Commentary: Now is the time to pass the next Illinois clean energy bill

May 20, 2019

By Andrew Barbeau and Christie Hicks It has been just over two years since Illinois enacted the groundbreaking Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which set bold new goals for solar, wind and energy efficiency. Already, substantial gains from FEJA are being seen across the state. But, a just-completed lottery for renewable energy credits demonstrates that…

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Blackburn breaks ground on massive solar project

May 18, 2019

By Tom Emery CARLINVILLE – Optimism for the future abounds this week after Blackburn College broke ground on a state-of-the-art solar project. The $3 million, 2-megawatt solar array — which will be constructed on 8 acres of the northern part of the Blackburn campus — is expected to provide more than 80% of the school’s…

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OUR VIEW: Solar’s future gets brighter in Illinois

April 29, 2019

Lottery will boost state’s production, but more must be done to help community projects by Sauk Valley Editorial Board Solar power in Illinois took a big step forward with the Illinois Power Agency’s lottery held April 10 to award renewable energy credits to companies looking to bring their clean energy projects to the state. Whiteside…

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Our place in the sun: A bumper crop of solar farms could be coming to the Sauk Valley

April 27, 2019

By Rachel Rodgers More than a dozen solar farm projects in the area were picked during the first round of a state lottery for renewable energy credits, with the majority located in Whiteside County. The state’s Future Energy Jobs Act, which was created in late 2016 and requires utility companies to get 25 percent of…

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EDITORIAL: Going green in Illinois doesn’t have to hit us hard in the wallet

April 26, 2019

By Sun-Times Editorial Board Any energy legislation that is passed by the Illinois Legislature this spring must do one thing above all: keep the lid on the price of electricity for average people. As water and natural gas prices have jumped in recent years, we have witnessed the trauma of huge numbers of people falling…

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