All-Solar Power Facility Unveiled in Scott County – WICS

March 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

Illinois’ first all-solar power facility is ready to start generating electricity.

Today, Sen. Dick Durbin joined the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative and other state lawmakers near Winchester to unveil the project.

Most of the $1.8 million project came from state and federal funds, with the co-op paying for the rest.

Officials say this first-in-the-state solar plant was built with local contractors, and the panels were made in the U.S.

The new plant will add to other renewable energy sources the rural co-op already has in operation.

“It’s a relatively small percentage of our total supply, but this and our wind turbine in Pike County and our portion of Prairie Power’s wind energy, we have a fairly substantial amount of renewables in our total portfolio,” Bruce Giffin of the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative said.

The Winchester plant is expected to generate 840,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, which will power up to 170 homes when at full capacity. All-Solar Power Facility Unveiled in Scott County

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