Clearway commences development on six Illinois group solar tasks

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Clearway commences construction on six Illinois community solar projects

Clearway Energy Group announced that it is currently building six of its solar projects in Illinois, totaling 18 MW of Illinois’ 60 MW solar portfolio in Clearway.

The projects are part of a 54 MW portfolio of 18 projects that was sold to Clearway in 2019 under a master purchase agreement with Cypress Creek Renewables, which acted as the originator and early stage developer for the majority of Clearway’s solar portfolio in Illinois. Clearway recently announced that four other Illinois community solar projects have also laid the foundation for construction from this master purchase agreement.

“This master purchase agreement marked a milestone for Cypress Creek in our quest to become a leading solar developer in Illinois,” said Brian Matthay, chief investment officer of Cypress Creek Renewables. “It is important to Cypress Creek that solar energy is affordable and accessible to all. Our focus on solar energy in Illinois and other regions reflects our company’s commitment to equitable access to clean energy – a commitment we share with our partners at Clearway. “

The projects are supported by the Illinois Shines Community Solar Program, which was designed under the Future Energy Jobs Act. Clearway’s Illinois collaborative solar portfolio will create more than 70 jobs during construction and permanent positions after operations, representing a significant economic investment in the state.

“Community Solar is uniquely positioned to provide everyone with access to clean, cost-saving renewable power,” said Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway Energy Group. “We are proud to grow this emerging sector and to work with Cypress Creek to ensure the 21st century energy industry is fair and carbon free. In the ongoing movement to combat climate change, solar projects like this one will help Illinois make that effort successful. “

When completed in 2021, the six community solar parks will serve more than 2,160 private and commercial subscribers in the ComEd and Ameren service areas in DeKalb, Macoupin, McLean and Will counties.

Participants receive credits for solar bills, which reduce their electricity costs and enable overall guaranteed cost savings. In May, Clearway announced that Northwestern University would become its first major institutional solar participant in Illinois and receive billing credits generated from projects, including those announced today.

Clearway is actively recruiting new Illinois subscribers to its community solar projects, which are both under construction and under development. For more information, please visit clearwaycommunitysolar.com.

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