The Washington Post published an article on February 22, 2019, about how farmers are making the transition to solar based on current corn and soybean price drops, and the implications of that.
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Solar Farm 1.0 (Completed)
The Illinois News Bureau shared the solar farm news: http://illinois.edu/emailer/newsletter/159203.html.
Solar Energy on Campus
- ECE Rooftop Solar PVs
- Install Solar PVs on NCPD
- Solar Farm 1.0
- Rooftop Solar Potential
- BIF Rooftop Solar PVs
- Ground Mounted Solar PVs BRC Research Test Bed
- E37 Parking Lot Solar Lighting
- KCPA Rooftop Solar Feasibility Study
- Solar Farm 2.0
- Solar PVs at Idea Garden
- Solar PVs on Fruit Farm Admin Building
- Solar Panels on Everitt Lab
- Speech and Hearing Rooftop Solar PVs
- Uni High Gym Rooftop Solar PVs
- Wassaja Hall Rooftop Solar PVs
- SSC Solar Feasibility Study
- Solar Thermal at ARC
In November 2012, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved construction of a 20.8-acre solar farm to be located along the south side of Windsor Road between First Street and the railroad tracks. Initial construction was delayed due to changes in State of Illinois procurement laws.
Phoenix Solar South Farms LLC was hired by University in 2015 to design, build, and operate a 20.8-acre Solar Farm at the Windsor Road site. The Solar Farm will produce an estimated 7.86 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually or approximately 2% of the FY15 electrical demand for the Urbana campus making this site one of the largest university solar arrays in the country.
The University signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Phoenix Solar to purchase all electricity produced by the Solar Farm and deliver it directly to the campus grid. In addition, the University will own/receive all current and future Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and emission credits associated with energy from the 4.68 megawatt (MW) Solar Farm.
Research estimates the Solar Farm will generate up to 91% of its original output even in year 20 of the project.
A Solar Farm Dashboard by AlsoEnergy provides hourly information on the solar array’s renewable energy production and impact to campus as well as solar data for research and education.
Primary Contact:Morgan Johnston
Project Leader:Kent Reifsteck
- Justin Johnston
- Mike Marquissee
- Keith Erickson
- Wes Curtis
- Teresa Temples
- Larry Altenbaumer
- Jack Dempsey
- Kim Porter
- Amelia Neptune
Proposed August 5, 2011Proposed by Jack DempseyApproved November 8, 2012Approved by Christopher G. KennedyStarted January 20, 2015Started by Kent ReifsteckCompleted December 11, 2015Completed by Kent Reifsteck