Exelon City Solar

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project at a glance

This 32,292 solar panel, 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant was completed in a tight timeframe on a 40 acre brownfield site. The site was vacant for over 30 years, and extensive site remediation and development was coordinated and completed in order to build the new solar plant.

Exelon Generation owns and operates the plant and markets the electricity and the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) it generates. SunPower, a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, designed and manufactured the solar system. Now complete, the 32,292 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s rays into clean, reliable electricity and generates more than 14,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year - enough to meet the annual energy requirements of as many as 1,500 homes.

The benefit to the environment including displacing approximately 31.2 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually is the equivalent of taking more than 2,500 cars off the road or planting more than 3,200 acres of forest.  The local economy benefitted from the project as nearly 200 construction jobs were created for the project, with at least half of all work hours filled by Chicago residents. 

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