20 MW Airport Project Receives FAA, DOE Approval


Rockford Solar Partners LLC, a renewable energy development joint venture between Elgin, Ill.-based Wanxiang America and Chicago-based New Generation Power, says it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to proceed on a 20 MW solar project at Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

The FAA and the DOE issued the Finding of No Significant Impact for the project, which will be built on 70 acres at the airport.

Wanxiang America will supply the photovoltaic solar panels from its newly operating, Rockford-based solar panel assembly plant, which has a solar module production capacity of 30 MW per year.

Ameren Illinois has executed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Rockford Solar Partners to acquire the energy and all renewable attributes from the project as part of the Illinois Power Agency's long-term renewable energy procurement program.

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