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Where once there was an abandoned industrial site, soon there shall be the biggest urban solar power plant in the USA. It shakes down like this: $60 million + 33,000 solar panels + 39 acres in the South Side of Chicago + Obama's stimulus = one solid, 10 megawatt producin' solar power plant. And it should be up and running by the end of this year. That's right, the stimulus is keeping the clean energy projects flowing—this time completely transforming unused acres in Chicago's inner city into a much needed renewable energy resource. That stimulus sure can work wonders—emphasize the can. This proposed plant by solar company Exelon hasn't quite been approved yet, but it looks about as promising as any solar project inspired by the incipient renewable energy revolution.
According to Electric Energy Online:
The installation will displace approximately 31.2 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of taking more than 2,500 cars off the road or planting more than 3,200 acres of forest.
It will also generate enough electricity to power some 1,500 homes a year. And of course, there will be green jobs galore. Topping it all off is the fact that the site where the plant will be built is a brownfield--which will be restored, cleaned up, and put to great use.
Green stimulus, keep on rolling.