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U of Illinois solar farm under construction, expected to be running by Christmas


CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — A long-awaited solar farm is under construction at the University of Illinois.

The 21-acre farm will be built on open land on the far south side of the Urbana-Champaign campus. It will eventually provide 2 percent of the campus' power.

Morgan Johnston is associate director of sustainability at UI Facilities and Services, which is overseeing the project. Johnston told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1eK8ZAs ) that the first panels will go up in mid-September. The facility is expected to be generating power before Christmas.

The farm is being built in partnership with Phoenix Solar of San Ramon, California.

The university will pay the company $15.5 million over 10 years to run the solar farm and then take it over.

The solar farm's construction was initially supposed to be built in 2013.

Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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