Posts tagged: Chicago

Push for solar power comes to Chicago’s Southeast Side

By: Michael Puente Not long ago in a small storefront on Baltimore Avenue near the Indiana border a handful of folks got schooled on solar energy. It was part education, part sales pitch put on by Seth Johnson, policy advocate with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago. “Right now, we see a lot […]

Microsoft buys entire output of Illinois wind farm

Microsoft took another step toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral, announcing its second enormous purchase of wind energy. The company signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy 175 megawatts (MW) of wind energy — the entire output — of Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois. The wind farm is 60 miles from Chicago […]

Here comes the sun: Rooftop solar panels get jump-start in Illinois

By Steve Daniels   Call it Illinois’ welcome to SolarCity. A compromise measure has surfaced in Springfield that’s aimed at jump-starting the market in Illinois for solar panels on homeowners’ rooftops, a much more common sight in states like Arizona and California. The new amendment to the bill, HB 2427, would require the Illinois Power […]

Illinois No. 1 in Switching to Renewable Energy: Report

(AP) — Illinois buys more renewable energy than any other state, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released today by national and state environmental groups. A 2009 state law allowed communities to buy their own electricity rather […]

Street Smarts In Chicago

A two-mile stretch of Chicago’s gritty Cermak Road has undergone a $16 million renovation that make it one of the world’s greenest. Check out the cement that eats smog! Courtesy: Tweet