Illinois Falls Behind Solar Goals

Rooftop solar installations are behind pace in Illinois.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Nov. 11, 2013, 4:45 a.m.

Two years after the state passed laws to push sol­ar de­vel­op­ment, Illinois is far from meet­ing its goals for rooftop sol­ar pro­jects, re­ports the Chica­go Tribune.

Part of the prob­lem is that the state isn’t pur­chas­ing en­ergy cred­its from con­sumers who pur­chase sol­ar pan­els. The cred­its are de­signed to lower the amount of time it takes pan­els to pay for them­selves. 

Cur­rently, only 9 mega­watts of rooftop sol­ar is in­stalled in Illinois. By June of next year, the state must buy 18.4 mega­watts of mostly sol­ar en­ergy from con­sumers. By com­par­is­on, sol­ar pan­els atop the state’s two Ikea stores alone gen­er­ate 2 mega­watts of power.