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The YWCA McLean County has saved about $14,000 in the 10 months since installing its 123-kilowatt solar panel.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

The Ecology Action Center is bringing back a program that will make it easier (and cheaper) to convert your home or business to solar power.

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

The Zoning Board of Appeals has unanimously endorsed plans to bring the first three solar projects to McLean County.

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

This week in central Illinois, we’ve seen three straight days of snow, gloomy skies, and temperatures in the single digits. Doesn’t exactly sound like a perfect spot for a bunch of new solar farms, does it?

Straight Up Solar

After years of falling prices for solar power panels, costs have begun rising.

Mike Miletich / WGLT

A  family in Normal is trying to start a trend towards solar energy systems for houses in the community. Paul and Kathy Packard own the home with the Solar Bloomington-Normal program's first solar installation.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Exelon Nuclear estimates it will lose more than 100 million dollars on its Clinton and Quad Cities Nuclear Power plants in 2017 unless it can get money to preserve those reactors.

Equinox House Models Rainwater Collection

Apr 18, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

An increasing number of people are seeking ways to better conserve water and decrease water contamination. Ty Newell is a retired engineering professor from the University of Illinois.

He's been working to make his home in Urbana a model of conservation and energy efficiency by collecting rain water for use in a range of household purposes. Newell recently gave a tour of his home to WGLT's Michael Hill.

New Solar Farm Helping Power U of I Campus

Nov 19, 2015
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

Drive down Windsor Avenue through the south end of the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and you can see the array of black objects on the south side of the road near the railroad tracks. Those are solar panels --- thousands of them. And while an official ribbon-cutting was held just Thursday morning Nov. 19, the panels are already generating electricity for the campus.

Future Of Solar Power Bright

Oct 7, 2015
StraightUp Solar/straightupsolar.com

As politicians stake out their most advantageous positions on Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, some are staking out the most profitable positions. That includes coal mine owners, oil companies, and those interested in solar power. WGLT's Jim Browne has more with Shannon Fulton of StraightUp Solar in Bloomington, who is also President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association.