Ameresco and Inovateus Solar announced the completion of their “brightfield” solar project in Danville, Illinois, which was built on a former General Motors Powertrain Division Plant turned brownfield site. Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, an independent power producer and green energy investment company, is the owner of the installation.
The 2.62-MW Danville solar system consists of over 6,600 solar modules and is connected to the Ameren utility grid.
“We can turn a serious problem into a tremendous opportunity by sitting solar on closed landfills,” said Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus VP of sustainability. “The Danville Solar project is making productive use of land that might otherwise lie dormant, while avoiding construction in more pristine areas. We’re proud to partner with Ameresco on this project and to help the state of Illinois achieve its clean energy goals.”
This project contributes to Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which requires that 2,700 MW of solar to be installed in Illinois by 2030 and that 2% of those projects come from brownfield sites, like closed landfills.
“We’re proud to have been a partner on this project designed to help meet sustainability goals and offer clean, resilient energy to the surrounding community,” said Louis P. Maltezos, executive VP of Ameresco. “This installation is a prime example of using innovative cleantech solutions to identify clean energy uses for public land.”
The Danville solar project began construction in November of 2020 and reached completion in May of 2022.
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