Illinois is a growing solar market that has benefited a strong renewable portfolio standard that requires they generate 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. Their investment in solar increased by 3 1/2 times over the last year, growing to $27 million and supporting 187 solar companies.
Facts on the Illinois Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 189 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Illinois, employing 1,700.
- In 2012, Illinois installed 30 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 13th nationally.
- Illinois ranks 19th in the country in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 6,200 homes.
- In 2012, $27 million was invested in Illinois to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 259% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Illinois have fallen by 35% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 5% from last year and 28% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Illinois
- West Pullman Solar Park in Chicago was completed in 2010 by developer SunPower. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 8 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 1,100 Illinois homes.
- At 20 MW, Grand Ridge Solar Plant in LaSalle County is among the largest solar installations in Illinois. Completed in 2012 by Invenergy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 2,700 homes.
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Solar Companies in Illinois
- There are currently more than 189 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Illinois. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 47 manufacturers, 17 manufacturing facilities, 57 contractor/installers, 16 project developers, 19 distributors and 50 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
Illinois Commerce Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Illinois public utilities
Illinois State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Illinois
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
DSIRE incentives database Illinois - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Illinois and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Illinois State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government