WASHINGTON, DC - Saying it would create jobs and spur investment in Illinois, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded the signing of House Bill 2427, which puts $30 million towards purchasing solar power to meet a portion of the state's electric power needs.
"The new law is another step forward for Illinois as it continues to ramp up the development of clean energy resources statewide," said Ken Johnson, SEIA's vice president of communications. "We are especially pleased that Gov. Quinn and legislative leaders are encouraging the expansion of rooftop solar. This will not only provide a boost to the state's economy, but will help to protect the environment, too. It's a win-win."
There are more than 184 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Illinois, employing 2,100 people. In The 52 MW of solar generating capacity currently installed in Illinois is enough to power 7,300 homes and ranks the state 22nd in the country in 2013, $6 million was invested in Illinois to install solar for home, business and utility use.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org