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McLean County Solar Farm Project Wins In Renewable Energy Credit Lottery

Apr 11, 2019
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Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

Hundreds of proposals for solar electricity projects in Illinois competed to win renewable energy credits in a special lottery that was held Wednesday.

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Breanna Grow / WGLT

Normal will enact a 2 percent water fee increase as part of the annual budget council members approved Monday night.

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Patrick Laughlin

Two years ago, Patrick Laughlin was looking to make a career change.

He was doing customer service and sales in an office, but he was itching for something skills-based. He’d always been fascinated by renewable energy, so he signed up for a solar energy installer training program in Bloomington.

Danny Kogan

Illinois State University’s College of Business hosted its 8th annual Startup Showcase this month, with 15 student entrepreneurs competing for cash prizes to advance their business plan.

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Ecology Action Center

Homes and businesses in Bloomington-Normal planning to use solar energy are getting a price break.

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SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN / AP

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?