Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Illinois American Water-Sol Systems solar challenge
Sol Systems and Illinois American Water, a big investor-owned water utility in Illinois, have begun operations on their second solar challenge, positioned in Peoria, Ill. The 2.3 MW set up consists of bifacial panels and single-axis trackers.
“The solar fields support the company’s commitment to protect the environment, while supporting sustainability and affordability,” says Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water’s president. “The vast majority of energy consumed by water utilities is used to pump water. By reducing energy consumption and emissions we can use water more efficiently, protect the environment and reduce costs to our customers.”
Illinois American Water will buy the electrical energy underneath a 15-year power buy settlement (PPA) with Sol Customer Solutions. Sol Customer Solutions is a three way partnership between Sol Systems and Arevon Energy Inc. Arevon will handle the asset and Sol Systems will function and preserve the challenge.
“This project demonstrates Illinois American Water’s commitment to the communities it serves,” feedback Andrew Grin, vice chairman at Sol Systems. “Through onsite solar, Illinois American Water succeeds in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, cutting its operating costs, and improving the sustainability of its operations.”
Sol Systems partnered with building agency Melink Solar to construct the challenge.
“Melink Solar is grateful for the partnership and forward-thinking approaches of Illinois American Water and Sol Systems,” states Seth Parker, vice chairman and basic supervisor for Melink Solar. “These organizations are helping lead the clean energy revolution to help improve our global economy, security and environment – for ourselves, our children and future generations.”