Streator-area solar projects were big winners in the state's lottery for renewable energy credits.
Of the 112 projects announced Thursday by the Illinois Power Agency, four of them were in the Streator area, as well as two in Tonica, two in Mendota and one each in Lostant, Somonauk and Sandwich. A total of 909 projects statewide submitted for credits.
A lottery was needed due to the volume of companies applying for the credits. Several projects came for approval through the La Salle County Zoning Board of Appeals and County Board.
The Future Energy Jobs Act passed in 2016 resulted in an expansion of renewable energy. The goal of the act is to make a quarter of Illinois' power production come from sources such as wind and solar by 2025.
"The state has allocated a certain amount of credit that equates for a certain amount of energy being produced," said Derek Hiland, DeKalb County community development director. "So developers move forward however they want. Credits are a known quantity, and they're getting rebated on the energy reproduced."
Illinois has been the center of a solar boom, which added more than 1,300 solar jobs in 2018, an Illinois Power Agency news release shows; however, state support for future projects will be cut short in 2020 due to lack of funding. Several other local prospective projects were put on a waitlist.
Winning solar farm operators will be able to sell renewable energy credits back to utility companies.
Most of the projects will generate up to 2,000 kilowatts of power.
Projects selected for renewable energy credits in The Times area are:
Syncarpha Streator, East 16th Road, Streator, Syncarpha Solar
Long John Solar, 4404 Somonauk Road, Sandwich, Cypress Creek Renewables
North 14th Road - La Salle (West), North 14th Road, Streator, Borrego Solar
Somonauk Road Solar I, 1171 Somonauk Road, Somonauk, Nexamp Solar
Talty CSG I, Streator, Sunvest New Energy
Briscoe 2A, 1658 E. Seventh Road, Lostant, SRE IL Rec Administration I
Briscoe 1A, 1880 E. Seventh Road, Tonica, SRE IL Rec Administration I
USS Grandpa Solar, 2180 E. Eighth Road, Tonica, USS Holdings III
Rich Development, 80 N. 42nd Road, Mendota, SRE IL Rec Administration I
Mendota US Solar 1, 582 E. Illinois St., U.S. 34, Mendota, Soltage IL Devco
Segunda Solar II, 1544 N. 13th Road, Streator, Cypress Creek Renewables
• Kelsey Rettke, of Shaw Media, contributed to this report.