In the Community

ZBA recommends another solar energy project

Iroquois County Times-Republic – 11/01/18

IROQUOIS COUNTY — Another solar project was approved by the Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals.

[Jon] Carson of Trajectory Energy Partners gave the presentation and pointed out this is the sixth project proposed for Iroquois County.

The push is because of the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016, which encourages solar energy development through larger utilities, smaller residential units and community solar projects, which the six have been. He said community solar farms are built to distribute their energy hooked onto the grid. It’s for “residences and businesses who would like to be part of solar but can’t put solar panels on their roofs”. He said those places nearby the solar farm would be approached to see if they want to buy the solar energy produced.

“We’d like the subscribers to be local.” Read more


Morton Village Board recommends county approve solar energy project

Peoria Journal Star – 10/01/18

MORTON — Village Board trustees Monday recommended the Tazewell County Zoning Board of Appeals approve a special-use permit for a company that wants to build a solar energy project just outside the village.

Morton Solar is the name of the proposed project that will be considered Tuesday for a special-use permit by the county board.

If selected in a state lottery, Morton Solar would be built on a leased 16.11-acre parcel north of Interstate 74 and west of Tennessee Avenue by Highland Park-based Trajectory Energy Partners. Read more


Lee County approves more solar farms

Sauk Valley – 09/24/18

DIXON – The county has added two more proposed solar farms to its growing list of approved projects.

The county has received about a dozen petitions from energy companies in the past few months looking for special-use permits to develop solar farms, but actual development is contingent on landing a spot in the state’s solar program, which likely will be decided by a lottery early next year.

The County Board recently signed off on two projects.

One is from Trajectory Energy Partners LLC for a 2-megawatt system on 17 acres owned by Garth and Linda Dallam in Lee Center Township north of Shaw Road and west of Inlet Road. Read more


Company reps shed light on proposed Morton Solar project

Peoria Journal Star – 09/17/18

MORTON — Village Board trustees Monday got the lowdown on a proposed community solar energy project that would be built just outside Morton in an agricultural area.

Representatives from Highland Park-based Trajectory Energy Partners spoke to trustees about Morton Solar, which would be constructed on a 16.11-acre tract north of Interstate 74 and west of Tennessee Avenue on land that would be leased from Glenda Kruse and Sherry Bliss.

If the land is needed for another use like a commercial or residential development, Bushinsky said, the solar equipment would be removed.

“We can restore the land,” he said.

“No infrastructure is needed,” said Colleen Callahan, Trajectory’s rural Illinois referral partner.

Morton Solar and similar proposed solar energy projects throughout the state are the result of the Future Energy Jobs Act passed by the state in 2016. Read more


Stark County Board approves solar farms

Peoria Journal Star – 09/12/18

TOULON — Stark County officials have given the green light to the county’s first two community solar projects of the type being developed in numerous locations around the state.

The Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend special use permits for the proposed side-by-side, 2-megawatt installations on farmland just south of Wyoming, and the County Board gave final approval on Tuesday.

“To me, it’s a benefit for everyone involved,” said ZBA member John Ryan. Read more


Poplar Grove may tweak zoning rules to allow solar farm

Rockford Register Star – 09/11/18

TOULON — “I look at it as a win-win,” Board President Owen Costanza said. “That land will no longer be sitting vacant. This is a great use of the land, and it’s a great renewable source of energy, far better than the windmills. It looks to be a no-brainer to me. It doesn’t seem to impact anybody.”

About a dozen proposals for solar energy developments have been pitched in the last year in Boone, Winnebago and Stephenson counties and a similar phenomenon is rippling throughout Illinois. The boom is driven by the Future Energy Jobs Act. The state law approved in 2016 requires Illinois utilities to get 25 percent of their retail power from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2025. Read more


EP council approves doubling size of Fondulac solar farms

Peoria Journal Star – 09/04/18

EAST PEORIA — Aligning its local laws with a change in state law, the East Peoria City Council on Tuesday amended city codes to allow a solar farm proposed on Fondulac Township property to double in size and in the amount of electricity it can legally generate.

The vote was 5-0. It allows for a special use exception for all community solar proposals that meet the city’s zoning regulations.

The Illinois Commerce Commission recently modified its solar power plan to increase the permitted maximum size of a community solar project from 2 megawatts to 4 megawatts. Doubling the capacity of the solar farm doubles the number of solar panels that generate the electricity from about 7,000 to about 14,000. The array of individual panels, approximately 3-foot by 6-foot in size, would be placed on about 23 acres of farmland between Dundee Road and Cherry Lane. Read more


Marshall County approves more solar projects

Peoria Journal Star – 08/09/18

LACON — The Marshall County Board gave final approval Thursday to the county’s three latest solar energy projects, bringing to seven the total of proposed 2-megawatt installations permitted in recent months.

All three are being developed by Highland Park-based Trajectory Energy Partners LLC, which has received six of the county permits issued so far. All three were recommended for approval last month by unanimous votes of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Read more


Pockets of sunshine: Marshall County zoning panel OKs three more solar energy projects

Peoria Journal Star – 07/22/18

LACON – Marshall County’s list of potential future solar energy installations continued to grow last week with Zoning Board of Appeals approval of three projects of the type being developed at numerous sites around central Illinois and elsewhere in the state.

The panel voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend that the County Board grant special use permits for two new projects in the Lacon and Sparland areas as well as expansion of an already permitted site outside Henry.

All three projects are being developed by Highland Park-based Trajectory Energy Partners LLC, which has been the dominant developer in the county. If all three get final approval from the County Board, the firm will have six in the county in line to apply for the state tax credits that will be a necessary financial ingredient. Read more


Three more solar projects seek permits in Marshall County

Peoria Journal Star – 07/15/18

The legislative developments are important because they benefit landowners and other members of the public, and they also enable developers to provide more complete information about the numerous projects proposed around the state, Carson suggested.

“We’re excited to see things come together with more certainty,” he said. “I think the concrete benefits are really starting to come together.” Read more


Solar in Stark County Open House

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Open House – 07/11/2018 – St. Dominic Parish Hall

Trajectory Energy Partners invites you to an Solar Open House, Wednesday, July 11th, at 4:00 p.m., at the St. Dominic Parish Hall to discuss a proposed Community Solar project near Wyoming, Illinois.

At our Solar Open House we will detail how landowners, communities, businesses, and residents can get involved with our proposed Community Solar project and the benefits for them.

We look forward to hearing community input on the proposed solar project and will discuss opportunities for Wyoming and other Stark County communities.

Join us, July 11th, at 4:00 p.m., at the St. Dominic Parish Hall for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Solar in Sparland Open House

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Open House – 06/19/2018 – First Baptist Church of Sparland

Trajectory Energy Partners invites you to an Solar Open House, June 19th, at 4:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Sparland to discuss a proposed Community Solar project for Sparland, Illinois.

At our Solar Open House we will detail how landowners, communities, businesses, and residents can get involved with our proposed Community Solar project and the benefits for them.

We look forward to hearing community input on the proposed solar project and will discuss opportunities for Sparland and other Marshall County communities.

Join us, June 19th, at 4:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Sparland for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Trajectory Energy Partners collaborates with Williamsfield High School on the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition 2018 STEM Challenge

Illinois Science & Technology Coalition – Recap Video – 05/14/18

We were very proud to be a part of the Illinois Science and Technology Institute 2018 STEM Challenge. We worked with Williamsfield High School who worked with our Director of Project Development, James Svenstrup, and our Rural Partner, Colleen Callahan, to work on powering the Community of the Future with Community Solar.

Check out the recap video here. Watch


Solar in Morton Open House

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Open House – 04/23/2018 – Morton Economic Development Council

Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to an Solar Open House, Monday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m., at the Morton Economic Development Council to discuss a proposed Community Solar project for Morton Illinois.

At our Solar Open House we will detail how landowners, communities, businesses, and residents can get involved with our proposed Community Solar project and the benefits for them.

We will listen for community input on this proposed solar projects and engage in discussion about the opportunities for Morton communities.

Join us, Monday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m., at the Morton Economic Development Council for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Solar in Lacon Open House

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Open House – 04/17/2018 – Lacon Area Community Center

Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to a Solar Open House, Tuesday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m. at the Lacon Area Community Center to discuss a proposed Community Solar project for Lacon, Illinois.

At our Solar Open House we will detail how landowners, communities, businesses, and residents can get involved with our proposed Community Solar project and the benefits for them.

We will listen for community input on this proposed solar projects and engage in discussion about the opportunities for Lacon communities.

Join us, Tuesday, April 17th, at 4:00 p.m., at the Lacon Area Community Center for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Open house, public hearing set on Lacon solar project

Pekin Daily Times – InterBusiness Issues – 04/15/18

An open house on the project will be hosted by developer Trajectory Energy Partners of Highland Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lacon Area Community Center. The Marshall County Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a public hearing on it at 7 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse.

The land is owned by the Lacon Cemetery Association. Its governing board recently agreed to enter a long-term lease for that purpose, representative Larry Wigand indicated at a recent City Council meeting.

“We were approached by Trajectory, and it’s pretty much a no-brainer for us,” Wigand said. “It was a unanimous decision.”

The 2 megawatt installation up for discussion this week would be what’s called a “community solar” project, which means residents, businesses and institutions such as schools could obtain subscriptions expected to lower their electricity costs. That will be one of the topics covered at the open house. Read more


Something New Under The Sun… And In Our Fields

Peoria Magazine – InterBusiness Issues – April, 2018

Trajectory Energy Partners, one of the only Illinois-based solar developers, uses a landscape-integrated design. It encourages the planting of pollinator-friendly ground cover under the solar panels and seeks marginal, subprime, less productive or “awkwardly located” ground for projects. (By “awkwardly located,” think of a plot of ground that’s being farmed on the edge of town, with development all around and farm equipment competing with traffic).
The Future Energy Jobs Act puts Illinois on a path to become a leader in renewable energy generation. The initial goal is “25% by 2025”: generating 25 percent of our energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025! This process is now underway, with the construction of the first community solar projects likely to begin in the first quarter of 2019.  Read more


Marshall County Board OKs solar projects

Peoria Journal Star – 03/18/2018

But the law also mandates that utility companies use more renewable sources, and that means the prospects are good that well-defined projects with leases and permits in place will get the energy credits needed to proceed, said Zoning Committee Chairman Andy Stash. Stash led that committee’s aggressive efforts last year to amend the zoning ordinance to prepare for such projects.

“The state wants this to happen, so the likelihood is very high,” Stash said. Read more


Marshall County zoning board approves Henry solar projects

Peoria Journal Star – 02/16/2018

LACON — Plans for two small commercial solar-energy projects outside Henry sailed through the Marshall County Zoning Board of Appeals with no objections and only a few questions.

The four members present Thursday night voted unanimously to recommend County Board approval of special-use permits for the installations intended for “dry corners” of non-irrigated farmland just north of town and on either side of Illinois Route 29.

The board is expected to take final action at its March 8 meeting.

Lead developer Jon Carson of Highland Park-based Trajectory Energy Partners said it has been a priority of his firm in Illinois to try to steer clear of the most productive cropland. The parcels owned by farmers Pete Gill and Jerry Read fall into that category.

“These two projects we’re really proud of, because we’ve worked with the landowners not to take any prime farm ground out of production,” Carson said. Read more


Solar for Lee and Ogle County Town Hall

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Town Hall – 02/27/2018 – Lee County 4-H Center

Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to an open Town Hall, Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lee County 4-H Center to discuss the opportunities for solar development in Lee and Ogle Counties.

At our Town Hall we will detail how landowners, communities, businesses, and residents can get started and the benefits of a solar project for them.

We will listen for community input on potential solar projects and to engage in a discussion about the opportunities for Lee and Ogle County communities.

Join us, Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 p.m., at the Lee County 4-H Center for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Hearing set on solar projects near Henry

Peoria Journal Star – 02/11/2018

The company has conducted informational meetings in several locations, and the county’s public hearing process should serve that purpose well, Carson said. The ZBA’s format is structured to allow the public to ask questions as well as make comments supporting or opposing the zoning matters being considered.

“It sounds like it’s going to be a good opportunity to answer questions that the community may have,” Carson said.

One installation, called the Henry Project, would be just west of Route 29 on land owned by Pete Gill and family members. It would lie between County Roads 1350 North and 1450 North and would border the northwest corner of the Catholic cemetery.

The other, called the Illinois River Project, would be just east of Route 29 and along County Road 1450 North on land owned by Jerry Read. That parcel straddles a railroad line and thus will actually involve separate hearings on each part.

Carson said the company makes it a priority to inform the public and earn their support. A project in Tazewell County last year drew unanimous support from voters in Fondulac Township.

“We really want this to be something the community embraces,” Carson said. Read more


Knox County has plans for solar energy

The Register Mail – 02/08/2018

Trajectory Energy Partners, a solar energy company, will bring the county’s first community solar site to Yates City in 2019. Construction is projected to start in either winter 2018 or spring 2019, depending on the weather, and will take between three and six months to complete.

Trajectory Energy Partners chose Yates City as the project site — specifically, the land of Ted and Janet Mottaz — because of the site’s proximity to Ameren and ComEd power systems and connections. Colleen Callahan of Colleen Callahan Consulting, the consultant for Trajectory Energy Partners, knew of the Mottaz farm location from living in nearby Kickapoo and working in Yates City and its surrounding area. She reached out to the Mottazes and asked if they would be interested in the project. Read more


First Community Solar Project Coming to Knox County

WGIL Galesburg’s News • Talk • Sports – 02/08/2018

“The move on the part of Knox County to create the solar zoning ordinance showed a lot of foresight,” Springer said. “I really commend the Zoning and Assessor’s Office: Chris Gray and Terri Weidenhamer and their staff for putting together an excellent, easy to work with ordinance. I think that had a lot to do with showing that Knox County is open to solar development. The project is, to our knowledge, the first community-scale solar project that’s been proposed for Knox County. I think it’s going to be a really nice project with a lot of nice aspects.” Some of those aspects include additional property tax revenue, residents and area businesses having the ability to subscribe to the service at competitive rates, and job creation through the installation of the project. Read more


Solar for Freeport and Stephenson County Town Hall

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Town Hall – 02/06/2018 – Freeport Public Library

Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to an open Town Hall, Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library to discuss the opportunities for solar development in Freeport and Stephenson County.

At our Town Hall we will detail how land owners, communities, businesses, and residents can get started and the benefits of a solar project for them.

We will listen for community input on potential solar projects and to engage in a discussion about the opportunities for Freeport and Stephenson County communities.

Join us, Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m., at the Freeport Public Library for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Marshall County sites eyed for solar projects

Peoria Journal Star – 01/23/2018

Like several other projects being considered around the region, each would consist of some 7,000 solar panels and generate about two megawatts of electricity, Carson said. That size of installation, which would power the equivalent of 400 to 500 homes, is the maximum for “community solar” projects as defined by a state law that established subsidies for certain types of developments, he noted. One location would be off the north side of County Road 1350 N and just west of Illinois Route 29, said Carson and owner Pete Gill. Called the Henry Project, it’s a roughly L-shaped tract bordering the west and north sides of the Catholic Cemetery. Read more


Community Solar for Wilmette and Beyond

A Town Hall in Partnership with Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Community Solar Project featuring Trajectory Energy Partners – 02/20/2018 – Wilmette Public Library

Are you interested in using solar energy but can’t install a system on your own roof? Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Community Solar Project invite you to a Town Hall meeting to discuss the benefits of community solar to residents in the Wilmette area and beyond. Learn how you can support clean energy while saving money.

Our guest speaker from Trajectory Energy Partners will define community solar and detail how land owners, communities, businesses, and residents can work together to create a community solar project.

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Solar for Crystal Lake and McHenry County Town Hall

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Town Hall – 01/17/2018 – IBEW Local 117 Hall

IBEW Local 117 and Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to an open Town Hall, Wednesday, January 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the IBEW Local 117 Hall to discuss the opportunities for solar development in Crystal Lake and McHenry County.

At our Town Hall we will detail how land owners, communities, businesses, and residents can get started and the benefits of a solar project for them.

We will listen for community input on potential solar projects and to engage in a discussion about the opportunities for Crystal Lake and McHenry County communities.

Join us, Wednesday, January 17th at 5:30 p.m., at the IBEW Local 117 Hall for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Solar for Rockford and Winnebago County Town Hall

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Town Hall – 01/04/2018 – IBEW Local 364 Hall

IBEW Local 364 and Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to an open Town Hall, Thursday, January 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the IBEW Local 364 Hall to discuss the opportunities for solar development in Rockford and Winnebago County.

At our Town Hall we will detail how land owners, communities, businesses, and residents can get started and the benefits of a solar project for them.

We will listen for community input on potential solar projects and to engage in a discussion about the opportunities for Rockford and Winnebago communities.

Join us, Thursday, January 4th at 6:00 p.m., at the IBEW Local 364 Hall for this exciting conversation about the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Peoria County voters to decide on auditor position

Peoria Journal Star – 12/15/2017

Jon Carson, managing partner of Trajectory Energy Partners, said that, pending state approval in 2018, his company would set up 7,000 solar panels on the county land providing energy that could be used by area Ameren customers. Trajectory is setting up about a dozen community solar projects in the Peoria area, said Carson. Read more


Fondulac Township approves solar panel project

Peoria Journal Star – 11/17/2017

Voters in Fondulac Township on Thursday approved a lease agreement with Chicago-based Trajectory Energy to bring 7,000 solar panels to Sunnyland. The vote to approve the solar energy project was 46-0.

“The value of the project to this community is great,” said Rick Swan, township supervisor. “It will mean green energy, jobs, lower energy bills and will be used as an educational tool in our schools teaching about solar energy.” Read more


Voters will decide on Fondulac Township solar farm

Peoria Journal Star – 11/15/2017

“Hopefully it will be something that people will support,” Rick Swan, township supervisor, said Wednesday. “It would be a good revenue source for the township.”

The electricity generated by the solar panels would be fed to the Ameren energy grid. Customers could subscribe to the solar service and reduce their monthly electricity bill by about 10 percent, company officials have said. With a positive vote Thursday, Trajectory hopes to start adding solar power to the Ameren grid by 2019. Read more


Solar projects focus of town hall meeting

Commercial News – 11/01/2017

[Danville Planning and Urban Services Manager Chris] Milliken said about solar panels, state and federal incentives have triggered more interest in people installing them on roofs, in yards or on industrial properties and developing solar farms similar to wind farms.

The Illinois Legislature last year passed the Future Energy Jobs Act which went into effect in June. The new law allows for the installation of solar panels such as on properties for a community solar project where people can subscribe to a share of a larger solar farm. Read more


Combination cemetery and solar panel farm proposed for Fondulac Township

Peoria Journal Star – 10/31/2017

“This idea came to us out of the blue and now we couldn’t think of a better or more perfect fit,” Fondulac Township Supervisor Rick Swan said Tuesday. “There was a real ‘give back to the community aspect’ of the project. We’re very excited about it.”

A meeting with township, city and Trajectory officials to discuss the project will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Festival Building on East Washington Street in East Peoria. The township board will vote on the proposal Nov. 14. Read more


Solar for Sterling and Whiteside County Town Hall

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Town Hall – 11/02/2017 – Sterling Public Library

Trajectory Energy Partners will be holding a free Town Hall discussion Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Sterling Public Library regarding the opportunities for solar development in Whiteside County.

At this Town Hall Jon Carson will provide information about the opportunities solar provides for communities, businesses, residents and land owners, as well as listen to input and take questions from those in attendance.

Join us, Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m., at the Sterling Public Library for this exciting conversation the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Solar for Danville and Vermilion County Town Hall

A Trajectory Energy Partners Solar Town Hall – 11/14/2017 – IBEW Local 538

IBEW Local 538 and Trajectory Energy Partners invite you to an open Town Hall, Tuesday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the IBEW Local 538 Hall to discuss the opportunities for solar development in Vermilion County.

At our Town Hall David Lipowicz will detail how land owners, communities, businesses, and residents can get started and the benefits of a solar project for them. We will listen for community input on potential solar projects and to engage in a discussion about the opportunities for Danville and Vermilion communities.

Join us, Tuesday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m., at the IBEW Local 538 Hall for this exciting conversation the future of solar in Illinois.

For more information, please contact us at info@trajectoryenergy.com.

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Chicago town hall urges communities to take advantage of solar incentives

Midwest Energy News – 09/21/2017

Still, he said, there’s no geographic guarantee of where the money will go, and he said the residents of Pilsen should be involved in the production of clean energy. But they must organize and apply. “We want to make sure the public sector is supported by these funds,” he said. Read more


Clean Energy Demand fuels economic growth in Illinois

IL Clean Jobs Coalition – 07/17/2017

So while the national conversation about climate tends to focus on partisan political fights, what you see in Illinois and other states is a very different picture. We are moving forward with clean energy because it means economic development, jobs and cleaner air and water.
From where I sit, clean energy is practical, not political. Read more


The Future Energy Jobs Act – creating opportunity across Illinois

IL Clean Jobs Coalition – 06/22/2017

The new law is the biggest breakthrough for clean energy in Illinois history, delivering jobs, savings and healthier air to communities across the state. Watch


From the community: Future Energy Jobs Act Creates Opportunities for Clean Energy Development and Lake County Jobs

Chicago Tribune, Lake County News Sun – 06/19/2017

“Trajectory Solar is working with communities and organizations across Illinois to plan and develop community solar projects. As a Lake County resident, I’m excited to work with the Sierra Club and the local community to bring solar to Waukegan,” said Jon Carson, managing partner with Trajectory Solar (Highland Park). Read more


From the community: Waukegan Town Hall Focuses on Economic Importance of Future Energy Jobs Act for Lake County Residents

Chicago Tribune, Lake County News Sun – 06/14/2017

Policy leaders participating in the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) Town Hall, to be held June 17 in downtown Waukegan, will discuss how the recently enacted Future Energy Jobs Act can bolster clean energy development and jobs in communities like Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion. Read more


Anuncian la creación de miles de empleos en energía solar en Illinois

Univision – 06/01/2017

La ley de trabajos en energía del futuro entró en efecto en el estado este jueves primero de junio, el mismo día que Donald Trump decidió que Estados Unidos saliera del Acuerdo de París contra el cambio climático. Watch