Introduction 

Illinois alternative energy has arrived. The IPA (Illinois Power Agency) was established in 2007 by Public Act 95-0481. An initial plan was approved for 2018 and then a revised program in early 2020. In addition, the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) has included specific provisions in order to make solar possible for those of low socioeconomic status by creating the Solar for All program. The revised plan laid out specific plans for Illinois Community Solar. All of these legislative groups and policies have paved the way for solar in the state of Illinois. 

Illinois Alternative Energy

The state of Illinois has also put tax incentives in place that are available for certain alternative energy options. For those people who do not have the option of rooftop solar, community solar can help you save money on your monthly utility bill. Basically, community solar picks up the slack where traditional rooftop solar isn’t available and can even be an option in addition to rooftop solar.

Illinois Community Solar

Illinois is a little behind with alternative energy in the United States but Community Solar will be able to turn it around for Illinois. As of December 2020, Illinois was ranked 35th nationally with less than 1% of its electricity generation. Illinois has committed to alternative energy sources over the next 5-10 years and is expected to increase by almost 2,000% in that timeframe.

How to Participate 

If you have ComEd or Ameren utility, you might qualify for Community Solar. Check to see if a solar farm near you is available: https://solaronearth.com/zip-code-form/. If there is a solar farm near you, Solar On Earth can help you subscribe and start saving money on your utility bill today.

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