Sol Systems cuts ribbon on second solar project for Illinois water utility

Photo Courtesy of Illinois American Water

On May 12, Sol Systems and utility company Illinois American Water cut the ribbon for their second solar project in Peoria, Illinois. The new 2.3 MW solar project includes two-sided panels and single-axis trackers.

This is the second project collaboration of its kind for Sol Systems and Illinois American Water. They cut the ribbon on their first 2.3 MW array, located in Champaign County, in November 2021. The utility is now powered by 4.6 MW of solar energy.

Justin Ladner, president of Illinois American Water, said the projects support the company’s commitment to protecting the environment while supporting sustainability and affordability.

“The vast majority of water companies’ energy consumption is used to pump water. By reducing energy consumption and emissions, we can use water more efficiently, protect the environment and lower costs for our customers,” said Ladner.

Illinois American Water will purchase electricity under a 15-year PPA with Sol Customer Solutions, enabling the company to achieve low, fixed electricity costs with no upfront expenses. Sol Customer Solutions is a joint venture between Sol Systems and Arevon Energy. Arevon will manage the asset and Sol Systems will manage and maintain the project.

Sol Systems partnered with construction company Melink Solar to build the project. The features of the project include two-sided panels, which capture additional reflected energy on both sides of each panel, and uniaxial trackers that rotate the panels toward the sun throughout the day.

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