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Details and Benefits

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Project Details

Proposed Size

300 Megawatts (MW)


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

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.

Local Estimated Revenue

$340 million local estimated investment.

Power Generation

The project is expected to generate enough solar energy to power the average electricity consumption of approximately 56,000 Illinois homes each year.

Project Lifespan

After the project's useful life has ended, it will be decommissioned in accordance with a decommissioning plan and bond.

Solar Panels
Project Details: Features

Eldorado Project Timeline

Mid 2021

Local Agreements

Early 2022

Engineering and Permitting

Late 2022

Final Approvals


Begin Construction



Project Details: Schedule

Project Benefits

Project Details: Services

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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