Energy Procurement, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - March 23, 2022
Illinois Community Solar Launched
Gar Creek, a community solar project in Kankakee County, Illinois, was launched by ComEd.
The solar energy is offered to qualified ComEd customers throughout northern Illinois access, providing savings of up to $1,000 annually on their electricity bills for a three-year subscription term. The Gar Creek solar project will serve up to 600 customers and applications will be accepted through April 15 at ComEd.com/GiveARay. The project is owned by Fosler Solar, a Babcock & Wilcox company in Freeport, Ill., and was developed by Trajectory Energy Partners of Illinois.
Community solar facilities are shared by subscribers who earn credits on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced by a solar array. The Gar Creek project is part of ComEd’s “Give-A-Ray” program, which increases access to clean, solar energy for low- and moderate-income customers. ComEd will pay all subscription fees on behalf of customers and manage enrollment.
The Gar Creek community solar project is located in a low-income neighborhood and includes two solar arrays with a combined solar generation capacity of 3.5 MW.
“At ComEd, we are committed to making the transition to clean energy as inclusive as possible, and the Gar Creek project will help us achieve that goal,” said Scott Vogt, vice president of energy acquisition at ComEd in a statement. “Our partners at Fosler Solar and Trajectory Energy share our vision, and we are excited to work with them to provide qualified customers anywhere in our region with access to solar energy regardless of their income level.”
The program is enabled by Illinois Solar for All, which helps make solar installations more affordable through state incentives, and through ComEd’s partnerships with community solar developers.
By the end of 2022, ComEd expects to have more than 80 community solar projects interconnected to its grid, enabling residential customers to participate in the benefits of solar energy without needing to install solar panels on their own homes.
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