On December 9th, 2021, the Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm toured Gar Creek Solar, a project that Trajectory Energy Partners developed and is now being built by Fosler Construction Company. The site is currently under construction with plans to go online early next year. This project is an Illinois Solar for All Community Solar project, meaning that 90% of the subscribers will be low- and moderate-income Illinois residents. Interested and eligible residents can sign up at comed.com/GiveARay.
Gar Creek Solar in Kankakee was developed as an Illinois Solar for All Project in conjunction with local community leaders and is located in a low-income and environmental justice neighborhood. The project will bring much needed economic development to the community.
“The Gar Creek project was developed by Trajectory Energy Partners in conjunction with landowners, the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, the Kankakee Community College, local unions, and community leaders. Fosler Solar purchased the project in 2020 and is leading construction and installation activities. Residents of the project’s anchor customer, the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), will be given priority access to purchase electricity generated at Gar Creek at a reduced rate. Additional power will be offered to other Kankakee residents who apply for and meet income guidelines.”
“Community solar is so unique because it really does allow access to solar for people who may not have a home that they own or who share a home, [so], we (see this project) as part of our national community solar partnership. We have 600,000 homes now and we want to get to 5 million homes with community solar in the U.S. by 2025.”
— Secretary Granholm