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ForeFront Power Helps Illinois Communities Leverage State Incentives to Develop On-Site Solar Power

Leading developer of distributed solar and energy storage projects, ForeFront Power completed seven solar projects in Illinois, adding 9.4 megawatts-DC (MWdc) / 5.5 megawatts-AC (MWac) of distributed power generation across the state.

In February 2021, Mooseheart Child City and School partnered with ForeFront Power to complete and flip the switch on the largest solar project in Kane County, Illinois. ForeFront Power installed the 2.8 megawatt ground-mounted solar field with 7,384 panels across eight acres of the 1,000-acre Mooseheart campus located 38 miles west of Chicago.The solar field will deliver power to the Mooseheart Child City and School, a residential childcare facility dedicated to youth in need, and is expected to save the non-profit millions of dollars in energy costs over the next 25 years.

“With the money saved over the next 25 years of the solar project’s life, we’ll be able to reinvest those dollars into other programs in order to better serve our youth,” said executive director of Mooseheart, Gary Urwiler.

Prior to the Mooseheart project, ForeFront announced the completion of three ground-mounted solar installations totaling 5.5 MWdc across three campuses in Huntley Community School District 158. Huntley has been one of the fastest-growing school districts in Illinois over the past decade, serving 8,900 PreK-12 students and employing more than 1,400 staff members. This portfolio of solar projects for Huntley became the largest solar-powered system at a school district in the State of Illinois.

“Huntley 158 is delighted to further our legacy of innovation by powering our operations with cost-effective, clean electricity from 15,100 solar panels,” said Dr. Scott Rowe, superintendent of Huntley 158. “We see the millions of dollars in utility bills saved thanks to these projects as an opportunity to reinvest taxpayer dollars directly into student education, allowing us to more effectively educate tomorrow’s leaders.”

Coupled with the Huntley portfolio, ForeFront developed three more solar projects in Marion, Illinois, with power sold to Aisin Illinois, a leading auto parts manufacturer and subsidiary of global Tier One auto supplier, AISIN Group. The clean electricity from the more than 2,900 solar panels will power manufacturing operations at Aisin MFG Illinois, Aisin Electronics Illinois, and Aisin Light Metals.

“We’re not just cutting emissions and costs with solar. We’re creating a more sustainable society and better serving the communities in which we operate,” said Jeff Copeland, general manager of environmental safety and energy at Aisin World Corp. of America. All of these projects received incentives through the state’s Adjustable Block Program (ABP) established by the Future Energy Jobs Act to support the development of new photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar projects in Illinois.

ForeFront’s work in Illinois has been covered by multiple regional and local publications, including PV-Tech, The Chicago Daily Herald, Energy News Network, The Chicago Tribune, Monterey County Weekly, PV Magazine, Solar Power World, Solar Industry Magazine and Solar Builder Magazine.

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