First downstate project through Illinois community solar program completed

Energy News Network: The first community solar project in downstate Illinois facilitated by the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act was recently completed, showing both the potential of the wildly popular program and the challenges of implementing it.

Virginia-based Summit Ridge Energy won the rights to sell renewable energy credits for 18 projects in downstate Ameren utility territory and 23 in ComEd’s territory in northern Illinois. So far it’s signed up 8,479 customers to participate in the community solar installations — just over half the subscribers it needs to be fully subscribed.

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