Inovateus, Ameresco full brownfield solar venture on former General Motors plant website

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By SB Staff August 31, 2022

Ameresco and Inovateus Solar accomplished a “brightfield” solar venture in Danville, Ill., this week which was constructed on a former General Motors Powertrain Division Plant turned brownfield website. The 2.62-MW Danville solar system consists of over 6,600 solar modules and is related to the Ameren utility grid. The accomplished venture is predicted to generate over 3,600,000 kWh of electrical energy and offset over 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide yearly.

“We can turn a serious problem into a tremendous opportunity by siting solar on closed landfills,” stated Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus Vice President of Sustainability. “The Danville Solar project is making productive use of land that might otherwise lie dormant, while avoiding construction in more pristine areas. We’re proud to partner with Ameresco on this project and to help the state of Illinois achieve its clean energy goals.”

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, an impartial power producer and inexperienced energy funding firm, is the proprietor of the set up.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Inovateus Solar and Ameresco on a clean energy endeavor that gives new life to land that had been idle, while also delivering for the community,” stated Jeff Denovan, Senior Vice President of Construction at Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company. “In addition to the positive environmental impact of the solar power this project produces, it will also provide tax revenue to the Danville area.”

This venture contributes to Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which requires that 2,700 MW of solar to be put in in Illinois by 2030 and that 2% of these initiatives come from brownfield websites, like closed landfills.

“We’re proud to have been a partner on this project designed to help meet sustainability goals and offer clean, resilient energy to the surrounding community,” stated Louis P. Maltezos, Executive Vice President, Ameresco. “This installation is a prime example of using innovative cleantech solutions to identify clean energy uses for public land.”

The Danville solar venture started building in November of 2020 and reached completion in May of 2022.

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Tags: Ameresco, industrial and industrial, Inovateus Solar

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