Nation’s Largest Urban Solar Power Plant Now in Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reports on the development of the United States’ largest urban solar power plant in West Pullman:

The plant relies on solar panels such as these (found at the Chicago Center for Green Technology).

At a former industrial site on Chicago’s South Side, more than 32,000 solar panels slowly tilt every few minutes, following the sun as it moves across the sky.

Operated by Exelon Corp., the 40 acres of panels in West Pullman is the nation’s largest urban solar plant, generating 10 megawatts of clean power and hope for an Illinois industry that has long waited for its moment in the sun.

“We have been frustrated over the years that solar has not become more mainstream,” said Kevin Lynch, who trains electricians to install solar panels for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “We understand it’s still a relatively expensive technology, but the cost is much less than it was a few years ago.”

Read much more about the plant and policies to stimulate the development of solar energy at the link above.  Roosevelt students have already investigated urban solar energy development in SUST 210 The Sustainable Future (next taught at Roosevelt University’s downtown campus this fall; the photograph in this post came from a SUST 210 field trip to the Chicago Center for Green Technology this past spring) and will get opportunities to examine the issue in depth in future offerings of SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change.  For more information on these or any other of our courses, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

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