The solar field you may have noticed on Champaign County Road 1700 N belongs to Illinois American Water Co., and the utility is projecting it will help reduce its annual energy costs.
Illinois American Water announced in August 2020 that it was partnering with Sol Systems, a leading, national solar energy firm, to develop two photovoltaic fields to convert light to usable energy.
One field is in Peoria and the other is at 575 County Road 1700 N, C, and both are the largest of their kind in the utility’s footprint.
Water company spokeswoman Karen Cotton said the solar panels are mounted to stakes in the ground. They track the sun and tilt during the day to provide for more capacity, she said.
Combined, the fields were projected to cut more than $200,000 from Illinois American Water’s annual energy costs.
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