The Push Toward Renewable Energy

This week in our look at stories from around the state…we have a look at the state’s renewable emerging energy industry. Illinois is only seven years away from its deadline for getting 25% of the state’s energy from renewable sources. Wind and solar power will have to play a big part to reach that ambitious goal. First Illinois Public Radio’s Susan Stephens takes a look at the growth of wind power in the state, then Guy Stephens tells about the push to develop large scale solar power gardens.

 Wind power generation facilities were among the first renewable energy resources developed in Illinois

Wind power generation facilities were among the first renewable energy resources developed in Illinois

 Banks of solar panels are becoming a more common sight across Illinois (photo courtesy of WNIJ)

Banks of solar panels are becoming a more common sight across Illinois (photo courtesy of WNIJ)