Eldorado Solar Project
Details & Benefits
300 megawatts (MW)
Saline County, Illinois. The power will be transmitted to the Ameren Muddy-Norris City line.
The project will have a footprint of approximately 2,600 acres of land to locate solar panel arrays, an operations and maintenance building, inverters, and access roads.
Local Estimated Revenue
$340 million local estimated investment.
The project is expected to generate enough solar energy to power the average electricity consumption of approximately 28,000 Illinois homes each year.
Once constructed, the project has a 35-year useful life. After this time, it will be decommissioned in accordance with a decommissioning plan and bond.
Eldorado Solar Project Timeline
Engineering and Permitting
Eldorado Solar Project Benefits
The Eldorado Solar Project 1 & 2 in Saline County, Illinois represents an estimated $340 million investment that will generate jobs, tax revenue and other economic activity which includes:
Over 500 temporary full-time construction jobs
2 full-time operations jobs, plus 10 additional part-time jobs
Over $57 million to Saline County’s GDP during construction, and $1.6 million annually during each year of operation
$42 million of local tax revenue, which includes an estimated $23 million to local schools over the life of the project
Millions of dollars in landowner payments over the life of the project, money that is recirculated locally
Source: Study conducted by David Loomis, Professor of Economics at Illinois State University, and prepared by Strategic Economic Research, LLC.O
Operating solar farms are quiet business neighbors that have minimal impact on the surrounding area:
No proven health or safety risks
No sound outside the fence line
No odor or emissions
No tall towers or equipment; solar panels typically sit 12 feet maximum height
No increase in local traffic
Use of the sun’s rays to generate renewable energy
Emissions-free power generation
Aids utilities in meeting Illinois renewables portfolio standard, which requires 25% of electrical sales to come from renewable sources by 2025
Land under solar panels is rested for future agricultural use