Downstate Solar Farm to Power Over 400 Large Chicago Buildings

Downstate Solar Farm to Power Over 400 Large Chicago Buildings

CHICAGO – Electricity set to be generated by a downstate solar farm will power more than 425 large city-owned buildings and facilities in Chicago by 2025 under a deal worth $422.2 million announced Monday by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

A bill signed into law last year sets a goal of 2045 for Illinois to have all its energy from renewable sources will be effective — while setting aside 10% of jobs for workers from areas of Chicago and Illinois that suffer from disinvestment.

Starting in 2025, the city will use 300 megawatts it plans to purchase from Constellation to power O’Hare and Midway airports, the Harold Washington Library Center and the Jardine Water Purification Plant near Navy Pier with solar power set to be generated by Swift Current Energy in Sangamon and Morgan counties, officials said.

Construction on the generator, known as Double Black Diamond Solar, is set to start before the end of the year, and generate 593 megawatts annually, officials said.

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