Illinois Water Utility signs PPA for 2.3 MW solar project completed in Peoria

May 17, 2022
Sol Systems partnered with construction firm Melink Solar to build the 2.3 MW solar project, which features bifacial panels and single-axis trackers. Illinois American Water has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Sol Customer Solutions for the

Renewable energy firm Sol Systems and Illinois American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, have announced the completion of their second solar project, located in Peoria.

Sol Systems partnered with construction firm Melink Solar to build the 2.3 MW solar project, which features bifacial panels and single-axis trackers. Illinois American Water has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Sol Customer Solutions for the project. Sol Customer Solutions is a joint venture of Sol Systems and Arevon Energy.

The project could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent approximately 350 homes each year.

“This project demonstrates Illinois American Water’s commitment to the communities it serves,” said Andrew Grin, Vice President 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.”

Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water President, said, “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.”