Illinois Implements Two New Solar Power Laws
Democratic Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed last week two laws designed to increase utilization of solar power. One law encourages the state’s utilities to purchase more solar power, and the other requires Illinois homeowner organizations to inform prospective residents about their solar panel policies.
Illinois utilities are now required to purchase a mandatory half-percent of solar power by June of 2012, with the percentage doubling every year until 2015, when it will reach 6 percent. Governor Quinn estimates that 5,000 jobs will be created in the Illinois solar power field due to these new laws.
The second law protects the rights of home owners to install solar panels, and bans homeowner associations from forbidding rooftop solar photovoltaic systems. The associations are still permitted to create guidelines for usage.
The state of Illinois has an overall target of reaching 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Information on all of the state energy efficiency plans can be found on the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.