Multiple states across the nation are undergoing major changes in the realm of and embracing solar-powered technologies in order to better improve business and residential utility. The solar energy boom in recent years has only added pressure to states to reconsider and reorganize their energy utility altogether in order to remain competitive and current with the latest solar trends. Illinois is no exception to the latest wave of provisions and acts in the solar energy sector in 2018. Thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act, Illinois is seeing a massive boost in solar power companies both expanding to and offering their services in the state. FEJA, as the act is most often referred to, has several solar energy standards the state must meet by 2030, but also offers several appealing benefits that are drawing the attention of solar power providers and businesses, both in and around Illinois. Out-of-state solar energy companies have either moved or expanded to Illinois in order to take advantage of the perks offered under FEJA.  

The Future Energy Jobs Act 

As the name implies, the Future Energy Jobs Act will serve to strengthen various avenues of Illinois’ economy by mandating that certain solar energy provisions be met, but also by preserving and adding jobs in the solar energy sectors. FEJA vows to stimulate job creation, enhance the economy overall and take the steps to provide residents with efficient and affordable solar power. Based on a recent write-up by Renewable Energy World, it is clear that numerous businesses and solar power start-ups in Illinois and across the Midwest are feeling both the excitement and anticipation of this new solar power plan.  

Creating New Solar Jobs 

The number one priority of the Act is to preserve solar sector jobs currently in place across the state, but also to add a plethora of new ones. Multiple companies are trying to get a head start in Illinois making a name for themselves and their solar businesses before the continued and inevitable boom of solar competition in the region. 

Strengthening National Standing and Leadership 

The Act, much like those being implemented by other states nationwide in regard to solar power regulation, will put Illinois in a more prestigious position to be able to compete on both a national and international scale. The state will save a significant amount of money in the long run on utility by switching to solar power and other solar energy alternatives. The funds saved will likely filter back into other projects that will continue to increase Illinois’ prestige and standing in the solar power realm. 

Providing Efficient Solar Power  

Ultimately, the act will benefit business and residential consumers across the state. Individuals will benefit from gaining employment in the solar sector, along with a decrease in their utility costs over time.  Businesses will be able to increase their efficiency and utility on a day-to-day basis and save on their utility, as well.  

The Act also states that, “hundreds of millions in funding for low-income programs” will be provided, ensuring that those that need energy utility the most will receive it. Up to 750 million dollars have been pledged to serve low-income communities under the Act. Solar power has the ability to change the lives of individuals, but also to enhance quality of life. The Future Energy Jobs Act for Illinois, while ambitious, is a prime example for how solar power can be used to reach multiple, simultaneous goals that will enhance the state as a whole.  

A New Reputation for Illinois 

The savings for the state, along with the provisions laid out in the Act alone puts Illinois in a position of recognition for those eager to utilize solar power to their benefit. Illinois residents can look forward to better utility in the coming decades thanks to these solar-powered innovations. The recent economic pressures and lack experienced by the state may soon become a thing of the past. Businesses and individuals gravitating to Illinois because of the Act are hopeful that the coming years will mark a new era in solar energy utility for the region, but also for them on a personal level.  

 

Resources 

https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/08/solar-companies-flock-to-illinois-bringing-jobs-enthusiasm-and-some-questions.html 

http://www.futureenergyjobsact.com/ 

 

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