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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign marked the completion of its 12.3-MWdc solar farm by planting native pollinator habitat on the 54-acre site.
The project is the second solar farm constructed at the U of I and achieves clean energy sustainability goals outlined in the university’s Illinois Climate Action Plan, nearly four years ahead of schedule. Clean energy production will now support approximately 12% of the school’s annual electricity demand.
The solar site will serve as a demonstration and research location for pollinator-friendly solar arrays. The solar array exceeded the required 85 minimum points established by the state’s Pollinator Friendly Solar Site Act, achieving a “Provides Exceptional Habitat” status.