Green energy justice cooperative selected to develop solar projects for low income, BIPOC communities in Illinois

(Inside Climate News, 29 Jan 2024) The three projects will generate an estimated nine megawatts of power when completed.

The Green Energy Justice Cooperative recently placed first, second and fourth in the Illinois Power Agency’s second round of community-driven community solar project selection. 

Being selected for this solar development program, made possible through the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, represents an important step in developing and building clean energy projects in Illinois communities. The co-op, founded by environmental justice group Blacks in Green and local partners, is now applying for renewable energy credits totaling $12.5 million. 

Green Energy Justice Cooperative’s proposals are for three solar developments that together will produce nine megawatts of solar power. The developments, planned for development in or near Aurora, Naperville and Romeoville, will bring down energy costs in low- and moderate-income households as well as Black and brown communities west of Chicago.

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Inside Climate News, 29 Jan 2024: Green energy justice cooperative selected to develop solar projects for low income, BIPOC communities in Illinois