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Eldorado Solar Project

Details & Benefits

Project Details

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Proposed Size

300 megawatts (MW)

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Location

Saline County, Illinois. The power will be transmitted to the Ameren Muddy-Norris City line.

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Land Area

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.

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Local Estimated Revenue

$340 million local estimated investment.

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Power Generation

The project is expected to generate enough solar energy to power the average electricity consumption of approximately 28,000 Illinois homes each year.

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Project Lifespan

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.

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Eldorado Solar Project Timeline

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MID 2021

Local Agreements

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EARLY 2022

Engineering and Permitting

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LATE 2022

Final Approvals

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2023

Begin Construction

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2024

Operational

Eldorado Solar Project Benefits

Project Benefits

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Economic 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

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Quiet Neighbor

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

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Environmental Attributes

  • 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