Illinois State University Center for Renewable Energy
Economic Impact Potential of Solar Photovoltaics in Illinois
Authored by: David Loomis, Jin Jo, and Matt Aldeman
The study seeks to examine jobs and total economic impact of solar installation in Illinois.
- Within the results it is concluded that about 2 GW of solar installation would provide around 26,000 jobs and 11 GW would provide about 131,000 construction phase jobs.
- With the addition of 2 GW around 1,200 operation and maintenance jobs would be created.
General information from the report
- There are three utility scale solar farms in operation in Illinois.
10 MW Exelon City Solar in Chicago.
20 MW Grand Ridge Solar Farm near Streator.
3 MW Rockford Solar Farm near Chicago-Rockford International Airport.
Technical Potential for Solar Photovoltaics in Illinois (May 2013)
Authored by: Jin Jo, David Loomis, and Matt Aldeman
The report investigates the optimum installed capacity of Illinois grid connected solar PV systems.
- It is determined that at the current 6% carve-out is less that what would be needed for 100% of the electricity produced to be utilized.
- If the optimal level of PV was defined as the point where 100% of electricity generated is utilized the RPS carve-out needs to increase to 7.3%
- This would meet about 1.8% of Illinois' electric load.
- If the electricity produced by PV was allowed to be restricted at the same rate which conventional thermal plants use electricity for internal operation at 5.6%, the RPS carve-out could be increased to 29.8%.
- At this rate solar would produce about 7.5% of Illinois' electric load.