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St. Charles solar plant to be part of Illinois Solar Tour

Event will take place Saturday

The city of St. Charles solar plant will be part of the 2019 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday.
The tour, coordinated by the Illinois Solar Energy Association, features more than 125 homes and businesses across Illinois where visitors can see solar installations in action. They can visit any site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The city of St. Charles solar plant will be part of the 2019 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday. The tour, coordinated by the Illinois Solar Energy Association, features more than 125 homes and businesses across Illinois where visitors can see solar installations in action. They can visit any site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles solar plant will be part of the 2019 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday.

The tour, coordinated by the Illinois Solar Energy Association, features more than 125 homes and businesses across Illinois where visitors can see solar installations in action. They can visit any site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. The St. Charles solar plant is located at 850 Equity Drive, in the Legacy Business Park, just east of Kirk Road in St. Charles.

Tom Bruhl, electric services manager for the city of St. Charles, will be at the site to give visitors a tour and answer questions.

“We’re proud to be selected as a host site and to be able to showcase our very successful solar plant,” Bruhl said in a news release from the city of St. Charles. “We encourage anyone who is interested in solar take this opportunity to learn more about it.”

The St. Charles solar plant is a 500kW utility-scale plant that began commercial operation Sept. 1, 2017. The ground-mounted solar panel array includes 4,824 solar panels, on three acres, that produce approximately 668,000 kWh of energy annually, enough to offset the consumption of 76 average St. Charles residential customers, according to the release.

More information about the 2019 Illinois Solar Tour is available by going to illinoissolar.org.

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