Officials cut ribbon on new solar field

Local News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Sol Systems and Illinois American Water held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning to celebrate the completion of a new solar field.

The field is located at 575 County Road 1700 N. and the ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. Elected officials, community partners and representatives from Illinois American Water and Sol Systems were on hand to cut the ribbon.

Illinois American Water started building an identical solar field in Peoria in August 2020 and completed it in April of this year.

Both fields are located on Illinois American Water property and are the largest of their kind on American Water property nationwide. They are rated for 2,000 kilowatts and combined will save the company over $200,000 in annual energy costs.

“This is a really exciting project because of its multi-faceted impact to the communities we serve,” Brent O’Neill, Director of Engineering for Illinois American Water, said in August 2020. “Not only are we supporting local jobs and reducing operational costs which benefit our customers, but we are also reducing our environmental footprint.”

O’Neill said the solar fields will offset the greenhouse emissions of 16,222 cars, or nearly 8.5 million gallons of gasoline over 15 years of operation.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.