The Illinois legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that sets the state on a path to 100% carbon-free power by 2045.
The projects are expected to generate approximately 895,000 MWh of power and offset 699,000 tons of carbon dioxide over their 25-year operation.
Developers intend to install the floating solar panels atop storage ponds, water treatments plants, and other human-made bodies of water — a first in a state mired in debate over how best to site projects.
The first community solar program in the U.S. to automatically enroll residents is now active in Western New York.
Under the framework, Q Cells will provide capital investment in exchange for the rights to future grid services revenue expected to be generated by the portfolio in California.
New Jersey became a national leader in community solar projects in part by targeting previously unusable sites, like landfills.