Solar farm will save Kendall County, Illinois $160,000 per year

Kendall County, Ill., officials say its 2.1 MW Solar Farm is fully energized and performing as expected. The Solar Farm is located on a vacant 7.4-acre parcel at the Government Center Complex in Yorkville, IL. The solar farm will generate over 3,000 MWh per year, and provide power to the Public Safety Center, County Judicial Center, and Public Health Department.

“Kendall County is continually looking for ways to reduce our operating costs. This will save County taxpayers over $4 million dollars.  When Progressive Business Solutions presented a program that allowed us to reduce our costs without any capital investment, we decided it was a good fit for Kendall County and its residents,” said Scott Gryder, Chairman of the Kendall County Board. 

Project Funding and Development: Funds were made available in 2019 and 2020 from the Adjustable Block Program (ABP) under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), passed in December of 2016. Area residents, businesses, governmental organizations and non-profits all pay into a renewable energy fund, which is collected on each customer’s monthly ComEd bill. The available funds were highly competitive in that less than 30% of the applications submitted received approval.

The Kendall County Solar Farm joins the City of Plano, Fox Metro Water Reclamation, and Mooseheart Child City as the largest solar development in Chicagoland’s Fox Valley Area.  The 2.10-MW Solar Field will be owned, operated, and maintained by GRNE Solar of Palatine, IL. GRNE Solar won the project through an RFP process hosted by Progressive Energy Solutions and Kendall County. 

“This development will generate over 3.3 million kWh per year and 82.5 million kWh over the term of the contract. For reference, the average home consumes around 10,000 kWh per year. That means that this project will generate enough energy to power 395 homes per year,” said Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar. “We appreciate being selected by the Kendall County Board and are pleased to get this project online and energized.”  

“No new taxpayer dollars were used to build the Solar Fields.” said Chris Childress, Development Director Progressive Business Solutions.  “We helped originate, competitively bid the solar field construction, and found the financial resources to fund the project. GRNE will receive Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s). Kendall County will receive reduced cost power, which is substantially below market for a period of 25 years.”

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