The state of Illinois has a mandate to acquire 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, and there is growing interest in solar development across Illinois. One challenge is that solar requires much more space to produce energy, compared to other energy sources. Where should solar be developed? Farmland? Facilities? Parking lots? Brownfields?
SEDAC is addressing this challenge by assessing lands and facilities for solar development.
SEDAC recently won a research funding award from the Illinois Center for Transportation to complete a feasibility study for solar development on Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) facilities and lands, and SEDAC has been conducting similar work for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). SEDAC will assess the administrative, technical, and economic aspects of installing and procuring photovoltaic solar systems on IDOT-owned buildings and right of ways.
Work with SEDAC to explore solar feasibility