Northern Illinois solar project reaches construction milestone

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

Reactivate and ComEd in Chicago Heights have reached substantial completion of the 100th community solar site in northern Illinois – one of the first located in Cook County. The Verduin solar farm is expected to be in service by the end of December.

“Since day one as Governor, I’ve made it my mission to advance clean energy throughout our state—ushering in a new era of environmental justice and sustainability for every community,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “That’s why, in 2021, I signed my administration’s landmark Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which increased funding for the Illinois Solar for All program—giving lower-income customers access to initiatives like Reactivate’s Verduin community solar project.

“This is exactly the kind of partnership that benefits our communities, our environment, and our economy all in one—and I am so thankful for ComEd and Reactivate’s leadership and collaboration to make our vision a reality.”

ComEd customers will not need to install solar panels in their homes to benefit of the project.

In Illinois, community solar customers can subscribe up to 110 percent of their last twelve months of electricity usage. Energy generated by the community solar project flows to ComEd’s grid and becomes part of the overall energy supply.

“We are proud to partner with Reactivate and to support their leading efforts to help more customers reduce their energy costs and reduce their own carbon footprint through community solar,” said ComEd CEO Gil Quiniones. “Increasing access to renewable energy among all customers—particularly low to moderate income customers—is central to creating an equitable clean energy transition and achieving the goals of CEJA.”

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