Renewable Energy

Planning For Champaign County Solar Farm

Beginnings of an enormous solar power installation in Champaign County (photo courtesy of Jim Meadows/WILL)

Beginnings of an enormous solar power installation in Champaign County (photo courtesy of Jim Meadows/WILL)

This week in the First Light look at stories from around the state, we have this story from Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows. Maybe you’ve noticed wind farms when driving through parts of rural Illinois. The groups of wind turbines were among the first signs of the renewable energy industry in the state. Now, another seems to be on the way. Illinois will soon be home to solar farms. Solar panels will cover dozens, even hundreds of acres. Jim Meadows has the story of how a proposal to develop solar power is playing out in Champaign County

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)