Alton, Illinois Adds Solar Array - Diversified Communications

GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 10, 2023

Alton, Illinois Adds Solar Array

The City of Alton, Illinois will develop and install a 5-megawatt AC (MWAC)/7-megawatt DC (MWDC) solar array.

The city will partner with Ameresco, Inc., to develop the solar installation on a local closed municipal landfill site in the city. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2023 and is expected to be completed by the year's end.

The renewable energy generated from the site will also help offset GHG emissions from conventional utility generation. During the first year, the project is expected to generate approximately 10,000 MWh of electricity, reducing the city’s carbon footprint by over 7,000 tons.

Over the 30-year lifespan of the solar array, this equates to about 278,000 MWh of energy generation and 197,000 metric tons of carbon emission reduction.

“Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, directly impacting communities through adverse weather events – including the increased flooding we’ve experienced here in Alton,” said Alton Mayor David Goins in a statement. “Facilitating this solar installation represents a significant step forward for the City as we continue our progress toward sustainable solutions in coordination with the Alton Cool Cities Committee.”

The completion of this project will enable Alton to progress toward the clean energy transition goals laid out in the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). CEJA sets a target to get Illinois to 40% renewable energy by 2030 and 50% renewable energy by 2040.

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