Naperville Unveils New Solar Energy System at Springbrook Facility
Over 3,000 solar panels will help provide clean energy to Naperville electric customers
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The City of Naperville, along with the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 4 to formally unveil its new solar energy system located at the Springbrook Water Treatment Facility, 3712 Plainfield-Naperville Road. This over 3,000 panel solar energy system – a testament to the power of partnerships in advancing clean energy efforts locally and statewide – furthers the City’s efforts to enhance sustainability.
Created in partnership with the City’s wholesale power provider the IMEA, as well as Sol Systems and GRNE Solar, the 4.5-acre solar energy system features 3,348 solar panels and began commercial operation on February 24, 2021.
“Naperville is a city that has always cared about sustainability, and I am thrilled to see this solar energy system come to life,” Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico said. “Clean energy is critical to our community’s future, and sustainable solutions are best achieved through partnerships, like the one that made this solar energy system possible.”
The solar energy system will generate approximately 1.684 million kWh per year, which is enough power to fully supply 180 Naperville electric customers for a year. The public can view the system’s real-time output by visiting www.imea.org/NapervilleSolar.aspx.
“The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency is grateful to the City of Naperville for its commitment to make space available for this project,” said Kevin Gaden, President & CEO of the IMEA. “Hosting this solar array is another feather in the cap of this utility and the people of this great community. This solar energy system is very tangible evidence of Naperville’s and the IMEA’s long-term commitment to serve the needs of electric customers.”
Other renewable energy efforts spearheaded by the Naperville Electric Utility through approval by the Naperville City Council include grants for programmable thermostats, attic insulation and windows, as well as rebates for the installation of solar panels on residences and businesses. For more information on how Naperville is powering our community for the future, visit www.naperville.il.us/poweringourcommunity.
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Photo Caption: An aerial view of the 3,348-panel solar energy system installed at Naperville’s Springbrook Water Treatment Facility through a partnership between the City of Naperville, Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), Sol Systems and GRNE Solar.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.