Green Energy Justice Cooperative Selected to Develop Solar Projects for Low Income, BIPOC Communities in Illinois
The article reports that the Green Energy Justice Cooperative (GEJC) has secured the first, second, and fourth positions in the Illinois Power Agency's community solar project selection. Through the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, GEJC, a cooperative founded by environmental justice group Blacks in Green and local partners, aims to develop three solar projects generating a total of nine megawatts in or near Aurora, Naperville, and Romeoville. These initiatives will help lower energy costs in low- and moderate-income households and Black and brown communities west of Chicago. The co-op is applying for renewable energy credits totaling $12.5 million to support the projects, which focus on community involvement and shared ownership. The developments are expected to become significant non-utility-based solar projects owned by a clean energy co-op.