Solar for Schools

Trajectory is working with public schools and districts across Illinois to bring solar and savings to their school communities.

What is Solar for Schools?

Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) includes incentives to support approximately 150MW of community solar projects located on land owned by a public school or public school district – bringing clean energy, new revenue, and cost savings to participant school’s communities at no cost to the district.

Trajectory, an Illinois-based community solar developer, is working with public schools and schools districts to take advantage of this first-come, first-serve basis priority.

What are the benefits?
  • Per acre rent payments to the school district
  • Utility bill savings for school buildings, plus additional savings for community household subscribers
  • New property tax payments to the community
  • No retrofitting or new electrical infrastructure
  • Educational opportunities
  • Supports clean energy in Illinois

More Info

Read more on Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA).

Does My School or School District Qualify?

A Trajectory team member will evaluate school owned property for its potential to host a community solar project. Typically, we are looking for public school or district owned land that is 3-40 acres in size, suitable for a 2-5MWac system.

We will spend time with your school district and community to fully explain the Solar for Schools program and the responsibilities of hosting a community solar site.

Trajectory Energy Partners completes all the necessary steps of zoning, interconnection, program application, site diligence and other activities required to site a community solar project at no cost to the school district.

Solar for Schools Case Study

Jubilee Solar

Brimfield CUSD 309

Village of Brimfield, Illinois

Trajectory Energy Partners is working with Brimfield CUSD 309 on Jubilee Solar, a 2MWac community solar project on school land in the Village of Brimfield.

  • 2MWac community solar farm on 12 acres of land owned by the school district
  • Jubilee Solar will produce enough energy to power more than 465 households
  • Pollinator-friendly ground cover planted below solar panels and around solar projects
  • Union labor will be used to build the project

Please contact one of our team members or message us to learn more or schedule a time to meet.

Kiersten Sheets

Project Development Manager
Northern/Central Illinois

Elan McMillin

Project Development Manager
Southern Illinois

Jessica Wagner

Northern/Central Illinois