Adams Electric was Selected by US Department of Energy to Receive $5M in Grant Funding to Deploy Clean Energy in Rural and Remote America

Camp Point, Illinois — Adams Electric Cooperative was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to begin award negotiations for up to $5 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding as part of the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program. Adams Electric Cooperative Green Energy Project was selected as one of 19 community-led clean energy projects across 12 states and 13 tribal nations and communities to receive more than $78 million to develop and deploy sustainable clean energy solutions and expand access to reliable and affordable energy in rural and remote communities across the country.

The Adams Electric Cooperative Green Energy Project involves installing a 1 MW wind turbine and a 1 MW solar PV array in Schuyler County, Illinois, near the Sugar Grove Substation. The two types of generation complement each other with solar generation being better in the summertime and wind generation in the wintertime. Over a year period, the two combine to produce a flatter generation profile for our members. The two facilities will produce approximately 3.6M kWhs per year or about 300 homes’ energy needs. The project will benefit our members by reducing our energy costs for rural residents who are members of the Cooperative in Adams, Brown, Schuyler, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, and Fulton Counties in Illinois. Meanwhile, the project could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40,000 tons each year. The Cooperative currently owns two wind turbines, one in Adams County (Pigeon Creek Wind Turbine) and one in Brown County (Randy D. Rigg Memorial Wind Turbine).

Adams Electric Cooperative will focus on hiring local contractors for construction and maintenance to generate jobs in the community. With the addition of a wind turbine in the eastern part of its territory and its first solar array, the Cooperative looks forward to expanding its offering of educational tours to Co-op and community members, students, and youth organizations. Furthermore, the projects will provide opportunities to enhance area schools’ curriculum.

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