Ameresco, Inc., Framingham-based leading cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator and Inovateus Solar, a leading solar and energy storage development, EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) and supply company in the Midwest United States, announced the completion of their brightfield, solar project in Danville, Illinois, which was constructed on a former General Motors Powertrain Division Plant turned brownfield location. Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company is a publicly reporting, non-traded limited liability company that acquires and manages income-generating renewable energy and other energy-related businesses.
The 2.62-megawatt (MW) Danville solar system comprises of more than 6,600 solar modules and is connected to the Ameren utility grid. The completed project is projected to generate around 3,600,000 kwh of electricity and compensate over 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide per annum. These figures are equivalent to powering 350 Illinois homes and removing 480 cars from the road.
Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus Vice President of Sustainability the company can change a significant challenge into a tremendous opportunity by siting solar on closed landfills.
Kanczuzewski added that the Danville Solar project is making productive usage of land that if not might lie dormant, while preventing construction in extra pristine regions. He said that the company is delighted to partner with Ameresco on this project and to improve the state of Illinois achieve its clean energy objectives.
Jeff Denovan, Senior Vice President of Construction at Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company said that the team is thrilled to partner with Inovateus Solar and Ameresco on a clean energy endeavor that provides new life to land that had been idle, while also delivering for the community. Besides the positive environmental impact of the solar power this project produces, it will also offer tax revenue to the Danville area.
This project provides to Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which involves that 2,700 MW of solar to be installed in Illinois by 2030 and that 2% of those projects come from brownfield sites, like closed landfills.
The team is pleased to have been a partner on this project designed to help meet sustainability goals and offer clean, resilient energy to the surrounding community, said Louis P. Maltezos, Executive Vice President at Ameresco.
This installation is a prime example of using innovative cleantech solutions to identify clean energy uses for public land.
Maltezos said that the The Danville solar project-initiated construction in November of 2020 and get through to completion in May of 2022.
About Ameresco, Inc
Ameresco, Inc was instituted in 2000, the company is a cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner, and operator. Their comprehensive portfolio contains infrastructure upgrades, energy efficiency, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients all over North America and the United Kingdom. Ameresco’s sustainability services in support of clients’ tracking Net Zero involve enhancements to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction, and operation of distributed energy resources.
Ameresco has effectively completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with Federal, state, and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial businesses. Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, with its corporate headquarters in Framingham.
About Inovateus Solar
Inovateus Solar is a leading solar and energy storage development, EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) and supply company in the Midwest United States. The company is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, and has more than 500 MW of utility, commercial, industrial, and education sector solar PV projects built and over 2 GW under development in the U.S. With strong roots in the communities it serves, Inovateus is passionately committed to investing in the energy future of clients through the wide-scale deployment of solar and clean energy technologies
Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC is a publicly reporting, non-traded limited liability sustainable infrastructure company that both acquires and manages income-producing renewable energy and other energy-related businesses, including solar and wind farms, and provides asset management services to other renewable energy investment vehicles.