Nexamp’s Solar Star Urbana Landfill community solar park is poised to begin delivering savings to low- and middle-income residents (LMI) through the Illinois Solar for All program. The two co-located arrays that make up the project cover approximately 40 hectares in a covered landfill, feature nearly 14,000 solar panels and generate 5.2 MW of clean energy.
SunPower Corporation originally developed the sites, which qualified under the Illinois Power Agency’s Solar for All program prior to its final transaction with Nexamp in 2020. The City of Urbana project joins Nexamp’s larger portfolio of community solar assets in Illinois , where the company has a significant presence.
The Solar Star Urbana Landfill project will send clean energy to the grid and subscribers will receive credits to their Ameren account for their share of the energy produced. In addition to individual LMI residents, the city of Urbana is also involved in the project and will benefit from the savings achieved while supporting the expansion of clean energy in the area. Qualified residents of central and southern Illinois can participate in the program to receive a 50% discount compared to Ameren’s electricity rate.
“Our partnership with SunPower marks another milestone in Nexamp’s mission to make clean energy accessible to everyone,” said Jackie Chambers, director of business development at Nexamp. “We are committed to ensuring that our local solar projects benefit the communities we serve, and that those benefits extend directly to the LMI community as well. Meeting that requirement with the successful conversion of a landfill into a productive asset for the city of Urbana is particularly rewarding.”
SunPower worked closely with the city and the Illinois Power Agency to get the proposed project approved in the Solar for All program and to secure a long-term lease for the covered landfill.
“There are so many reasons why this has been a good move for Urbana,” said Scott Tess, environmental sustainability manager for the city. “We’re getting a new revenue stream in the lease and doing something useful with a former landfill, while also taking out a project subscription that will give us electricity savings for the city building. Clean energy is key to a bright future for Urbana and for the nation, so we’re happy to play a part.”
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