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Sauk Board approves engineering for solar panels

September 27, 2018

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College Board OK’d engineering work for a possible solar project on campus.

The proposed project would generate about 124 kilowatts and cost $278,880, but the college’s end could range around $97,200 to $114,555 after accounting for rebates from ComEd and potential solar renewable energy credits from the state.

The college estimates saving an average of $13,825 a year on its electric bill if the board signs off on the overall project, which means the solar panels could pay for themselves in about 7 or 8 years if Sauk receives the renewable energy credits.

The board started discussing a solar project late last year and signed off on spending $28,900 Monday toward engineering costs.

Early plans were to install the panels on the east end of campus near the prairie, but it will be up to engineers to decide where the best spot would be, said Steve Nunez, Sauk’s vice president of academics and student services.

ComEd also has approved the college’s interconnection application to attach to the energy grid.

Proposed solar developments are popping up across the Sauk Valley since the Future Energy Jobs Act was created in late 2016, which requires utility companies to get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025 and includes incentives and renewable energy credits.

Next meeting

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} The Sauk Valley Community College Board next meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 3L14 in the Dillon Mall, east wing.

Go to svcc.edu or call 815-288-5511 for an agenda or more information.

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