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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is pleased to announce construction is beginning on three solar energy projects! Solar panels will be installed at the Civic Center, the Public Safety Center, and the Southeast Waste Water Treatment Plant. Once constructed, the project will be 1.37 megawatts and provide approximately 1.875 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy to the City.
The City commissioned the projects through an RFP process in October 2019 and has agreed to purchase the energy from the systems for an average price of $.053 per kilowatt-hour for twenty-five years.
StraightUp Solar is constructing the projects. StraightUp Solar is a solar development, installation, and O&M provider based in Bloomington, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. A Certified B-Corporation and Amicus Solar and O&M Cooperatives member, StraightUp Solar strives to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Hawk-Attollo, LLC developed the project, together with Straight Up Solar. Hawk-Attollo is a Peoria based social enterprise serving non-profit and otherwise tax-exempt organizations as a partner in developing solar solutions that reflect their goals and values.
The project is financed and managed by SunRay Power, a 100% female-owned and operated solar energy company. SunRay has over ten years of experience constructing, managing, and operating commercial-sized solar energy projects in the United States. SunRay uses a combination of federal and state incentives to maximize the electricity savings it brings to the City of Carbondale and its residents while providing twenty-five years of clean, renewable energy to the City.
Celtic Bank, a Utah based industrial bank, is providing construction and permanent financing to SunRay and its affiliates to finance the project.
For more information, contact Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-559-1939.