Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy Part II Sep 27 2018

good afternoon and welcome to Solar
Energy two webinar provided by the University of Illinois Extension my name
is Kathy Brown and I'm a Community and Economic Development Educator for the
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with you today's webinar is about local
government approaches to implementing solar development and this recorded
webinar will be made available on our Local Government Education website and
YouTube channel we have us our speaker today Rick Swan
and he is the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce director and Fondulac
Township Supervisor with him are members of the local team who worked on the
implementation of the solar farm and that includes Paul Whittington the
project manager John Redlingshafer who is an attorney with Mescher Law
Offices and Kindra Cunningham who is the Office Manager at Fondulac Township
the value of this project to the community and our region is really
exceptional it means green energy jobs lower energy bills and will be used as
an educational tool in their schools teaching about solar energy although
Fondulac Township was the first there are many there many plans for more solar
panel projects in central Illinois and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to
learn from their experiences at this time I'm going to turn it over to our
speaker Rick Swan all right we welcome everyone
today again Paul couldn't join us today so John and Kendra are here just a quick
background in December of 2016 the Illinois legislature passed the future energy Jobs Act during
the summer of 2017 I ran into a friend Colleen Callahan who was working with
Trajectory energy on solar projects the conversation led to us getting together
and putting this project together October of 2017 the local media was
informed and possibility the solar project here in Fondulac Township and
November of 2017 actually November 9th we held a public information meeting to
inform the township residents about the solar project and also answer any
questions by Township law their guidelines that we have November 16th a
week later we held a special Town Meeting which 52 individuals from the
community attended 46 for registered voters in Fondulac Township again the
project was brief that night this explains briefly and a vote was taken 46
unanimously in favor of doing the solar project January 8th of 2018 the city of
East Peoria Zoning Board of Appeals meaning the ordinance amending the the
code was passed as previously the code of the zoning board authorized our
project and then in January 8th of 2018 a second ordinance was adopted to allow
us to put a second project in the works so that brings us in
May of 18 project 2 was proposed I got ahead of myself and then September of
this year the the addition was made so it brings us now up to hopefully January
15th the only power agency will begin
accepting applications for solar community solar with the selection of
project expected in February March of 2019 so
that brings us to the point right now we're somewhat in limbo waiting for the
Illinois power agency to authorize the permits whether we are fortunate enough
to get one permit two permits however that's going to go we're not sure yet so
but at this point in time we are show already so at this point what I'd like
to start from the beginning process of how this started again we've been
working with Trajectory energy partners for this project so okay is as we say this bring
about Trajectory they're a great partner they bring the communities, governments,
organizations and landowners to clean energy projects with strong local
support this was very helpful to us because we're very focused on jobs in
this area which they work to continue to work very strongly with all
the local labor the local suppliers of product and things so we will have many
jobs opened up and keep the local workforce working that be electricians,
laborers, carpenters all the skilled trades along with several of our local
supply houses that supply products to those folks so very very important to
keep that community activity going there okay
again a little bit about the Trajectory they've had transactions with many many
companies including Campbell's Google Denver the Mile High City
several there there are listed that we can see okay and again back to
December of 2016 the Illinois future energy Jobs Act was passed through the
the house and the Senate which created new opportunities for community life for
communities like Fondulac Township to bring solar power to the communities
again Trajectory Energy Partners works with communities like Fondulac Township to
evaluate their options develop projects with strong local support the deck
presents an overview of the community solar site in Fondulac township which is
property we've owned for probably the better part of twenty years and so it is
owned by the township what we looked at there that's approximately 60 62 acres
of property which is basically as flat as a table right and prior to that we
lease the property to a farmer who was using that every year to one year and be
corn next year to be beans so he would rotate the crops the intention and
buying that years ago was to build a second Cemetery
we have at the present time a cemetery that's a hundred and twenty plus years
old almost 200 years old analogies slipped by me so anyway it we're
probably about 85 90 percent capacity here so looking in the future we bought
this again 20 some years ago that on the idea of building a second Cemetery just
the need hasn't really occurred yet for us to do that so the land estate
vacant and again the farmers been using it
well since Colleen and I ran into each other actually in a meeting start
talking about this and we got together with the city about what opportunities
there were in the community I started looking at and I said wait a
minute we got some flat ground that would be usable because we actually only
need maybe 10 15 acres of that property for the cemetery that we're looking to
do we're also going to put in a cremation wall which right now
Kendra help – it's probably 50/50 on traditional versus cremations cremations
do not take up the space that our normal cemetery would use so in saying that we
had land available so we start working with the Trajectory and then John
entered into the picture to start putting some contractual things together
again under Township law we did have to present this and a town meeting but we
went backwards one step and had a public meeting so that all of the citizens knew
what was going well you know what would be happening we didn't want any
surprises didn't want anyone not knowing what was happening there so we put
everything on the table for them to attend which many many did and we also
had several of the Labour bodies there the Carpenters again the electrician's
the labourers all of those groups there were very very strongly supported as was
the city so we had great working relationship to this whole process so
that's how the whole thing started again the key to the thing is just get it in
front of the folks to let them see what it is explain the benefits and if
there's downsides talk those through and then work forward we didn't see and John
Kander helped me on this we didn't occur any downsides to it that I remember at
all the project giving all of the details out and people asked very specific questions and we were able to answer those concerns that people had One thing I wanted to add the reason to having a public meeting or hearing Whether it's required or not is also having a partner municipal side or the private side offering future contract opportunities Having someone say to the public, "if you have any further questions here is how we can be reached That's not going to only help answer that individuals question but also allow them to form a team when I say team that's consisting of both municipality, the private partner and the public at large who better anticipate and be prepared to advocate for and respond for the current and maybe even future projects so and again we
were fortunate the plot the Trajectory wanted was 18 acres which fit very
nicely and as I'd mentioned previously we've actually looked at a second parcel
within that same quadrant to put a second field in so that would
give us two opportunities to provide power to our community now in saying
that one grid the 18 acres is about 2k which will provide power to
approximately four hundred houses and or businesses now it won't provide
to say a Caterpillar or a Keystone Steel and wire that's not the intent it's to
for homeowners it's for municipalities it's for public bodies schools so that
helps reduce the power cost of the electrical cost to those
organizations or private individuals I will add that the meeting both meetings
that we had our green team as we call it here in East Peoria they were there in
force because they were so supportive of this they actually put their names
down to register to be on the grid as soon as the powers available so they can
take advantage of this power and several of those people already have solar
panels in their homes now and will sign up again or they signed up to be on the
grid when this becomes available that's another thing that your green if
you have conservationists or Green Teams whatever in your area they should really
really fall in love with this so okay again I talked a little bit
about the end of the jobs they're bargaining again with the local
contractors, installers, engineers all those things that will create jobs for
there and again Trajectory being the source will give priority to local electrical users from the energy savings that which John or Kendra do you remember the percentage Yes so based off of information from Trajectory an average subscriber can expect to save up to 10 Percent for their utility bill subtracting to a lot of the citizens that were there
the revenue to the least making acres that's revenue for the
township that we didn't have because again we got a little money from the
farmer doing that but nothing compared to what what we were able to work with
Trajectory on also Trajectory's promised and they're very good at their word
everything they've ever said they do they they've done and we don't see that
changing but educational opportunities they want
to work with local schools on solar curriculum for students so that's a huge
benefit to our community okay okay community solar opens up access
to communities government entities organizations and landowners they can
install solar on the roof or property one of the schools here locally is
they're currently looking at putting solar in fact it's the school right next
door project so they've been working on that very very strong so again it's
all about working together and sharing the information and growing the solar
power because that is the wave of the future okay okay
how the solar community how it works subscribers Fondulac Township the
government entities again organization landowners decided to participate they
subscribe to the community project and I were working with Trajectory on that
right now to get that working we again took a list of folks at the Town Meeting
and had that so our Township community solar project produces energy which will
flow into the local grid there again that's working with Ameren who's the
large energy provider in this area so again Trajectory has worked with them
home our project manager has met with them several times they're very very
upbeat to do this because especially an artist becomes everything runs right
there we've got main power boxes and lines that are going through there that
they can coordinate with so we're we're good with that again
once we got through the township everything there there are the town
meetings in that and we had worked with the city and it's just a parcel land
that we've owned again for several years 18 acres is what we're going to be
leasing to them and possibly an extra parcel as time goes on okay
John do you want to touch on this a little bit does John and Trajectory's
attorney basically set up the contract they had a boilerplate that we worked in
to John and those folks worked all through this so I allow him to explain
what we're looking at I will say this sharing in the end who makes these decisions and I only solve contract In fact theres a one step end one of the main reasons I'm grateful to be a part is so much of the foundation had been accomplished by Trajectory before it's time to get the lawyers involved when working with Trajectory it starts with the basics We have to figure out how long we're going to have this project Trajectory is going to need time to see how long a project will be viable and give options during the initial build out and then finally a term of how long you want to What I'm trying to claim here if the basic details can be ironed out between the parties the lawyers can put all of that together as you see on the screen we need to figure out how long do we need to build out, how long do they need an additional period of time to keep the property I
mean if you're going to lease it to someone you don't have a choice
but to figure out how long that's going to last well then what are the
other terms we're going to look at in a contract we also need to figure out what
the price is going to be and it's a matter of public record
we don't have any qualms about sharing what the deal is here one thing for
public bodies to remember is that any documentation
we negotiate and put together with a private party is going to be subject to
the Freedom of Information Act so you're gonna have to be upfront and honest with
everybody because it's only a matter of time before someone requests you to see
that information anyway there is you know provisioned in some leases where we
can talk about escalators over the course of a play very long term lease
you may not have a choice but to think you know what we're giving that you know
this site's not being used for farm or for cemetery or other purposes for a
long period of time what does the other side have in terms of options of
increasing the amount of rent they're going to be paying and so as you see
here on kind of the last number you've got a an amount of revenue that's
projected in lease now you may have residents who see that as a well well
this is great you know what are we going to see understand this is a projection
over 30 years this is not going to be something that's in your coffers right
away but you balance that with the opportunities for also the project not
just the finances and it's clear to everyone as to why that's a
key component so the agreement itself you're gonna have to sit down
with counsel you know I'm biased because that's what
I do for a living but any any member of the team is going to have to involve
someone and to address your legal considerations because the lawyers on
this other sides of the solar company they can't represent you ethically they
shouldn't because it's two sides to a contract and so you know working with
them to come up with the basic terms and foundation will be great once you have a
contract in place you're obviously going to need any filings that may have to go
to the recorders office whether that be an easement a lease a memorandum there
are countless things that may need to be filed in the various county recorders
office and elsewhere so you know you see the terms of the agreement but you know
that's about one piece of the unquote legal puzzle in addition to
whatever ordinances or resolutions your unit of government may need to prepare
to approve of the agreement and the terms on the screen now as John mentioned situations that we went through we
actually now shared this we originally went in at $800 per acre when the
two-person estimator which we were fine with okay that's good that's what's
going on in the marketplace we knew that to the credit of Trajectory and the
folks there they called and said hey we would like to change the contract right
away you know go WOW what what's this so they said we would like to give you
$1,000 per acre because that's what we now see the market value so they did
that upon their own legally they did not have to do that and again they they did
that because of the working relationship that we have with them and they do what
they say so again that's just a sidebar that that
we were very fortunate to work with these folks that do what they say
they're going to do so again you can look at the projected revenue well
that's going to do for us as I said earlier is to help us build the cemetery
which we were looking at how we would do that we borrow money or how we would do
the funding of that this helps take care of that secondly what this will do is
help us do some projects that that are needed and keep our tax rate that'll at
a level that we currently are at I believe unless something goes haywire in
the whole system but that will give us some additional revenue to do some
things and again keep our tax rates stable hopefully in the future so again
it's a win-win situation for us yeah the layout it's 7,000 solar panels
as you can see the neat the interesting part of this one I didn't have a clue
what was going on prior to this these panels actually shift they rotate to the
Sun so it's a constant motion no noise nothing to it but they're very
very you know stable in the containment construction and weather proof is what we
see so again the single extract you know again it shows here how they're placed
on controller and it actually follows the Sun which was very interesting and
again this goes into the educational part that they go to the schools and
talk about how these are built how these attract the energy are these power by rotation they receive more power and can
store more than the tradition or the old type I guess that wouldn't be stationary
so we can so this will be used in ours and here's a picture of what those look
like you might notice that there's a chain-link fence around the property in
the background there which this wall so have the chain-link we've talked about
that the foliage the grass all the plants and things that are in there
trajectory is going to do that so you know this will actually for us will help
because the water runoff erosion those sort of things in that property because
during the time that the plants not farmed it's very brown with
basically ruts or what's what's termed farmer users John John farm ground beams
that is just trying leveler so as you can see and it's going to be an
attraction foliage and plants and things you know
that will provide the birds and the bees and all those sort of things wildlife so it's
not a hindrance it's a it's not going to be an eyesore it certainly will enhance
what we have there and enhance community educational program again I
touched upon that we're looking in the near future here to work with
Trajectory to get with the schools we've already been in contact schools
and they're very excited about presenting ideas of solar students
because again solar will be the wave of the future as we go forward very very
knowledgeable and I feel that that's the way it's going to be okay the solar
community engagement okay yeah it's education on solar the policies the
market drivers you know those things you know we've talked to Trajectory they've
been just having us on allowing us to become educated on what's going on out
there John again is worked extensively with their legal team to keep us
apprised of everything going on not only in the contractual part of it but the
legislative part of the state level and this is also going to be in the federal
at some point in time I'm sure there's going to be some federal monies
coming down the road to make things happen so it's just a
ongoing process of educating ourselves with what the industry is and if I may
just interject on a couple things you know the beauty of community engagement
we mention education you know we're sitting in an area where we have great
schools we have high schools and we have community colleges and we have four-year
universities all within a stone's throw of where we are so
Trajectories credit the idea of engaging education is not just a oh
we've got a neighboring school we're going to throw some some you know
documents at them and have them no this is an interactive opportunity at
various levels including some of those Community College technical classrooms
and the four-year university policy courses and things like that you know
even the Poli Sci folks could somehow get interested in this because they're
having to watch federal and state legislation as well so you know from the
beginning you know Rick was saying this is of the future and there's no doubt
about it it's not just you know but it's not as simple as just a hey here's the
first grade somatic unit no this is something that kindergarteners through
graduate and postgraduate work can also be involved in with us again
so it's building for the future it doesn't take up, it's not like the windmills in
my humble opinion is much better because of the it fits in the properties it's
lower the someone low to the ground so it's not a something see up there
I'm not against wind power not saying that but with our situation here this is
going to work very nicely into the landscape part of again the key steps in
the process it's you know the site option lease agreement between landowner and Trajectory or another Solar partner that is looking at that zoning
and permitting applications I would if you're looking at you know looking to go
into this and John also serves on what I would do is if you're contacted
or you think you might want to do this I would probably take the progressive
approach and go to the zoning and permitting office and talk to them prior
to getting into you know the the site selection and all those things so it's
the old saying get your ducks in a row because that way if there are issues work
the issues through prior to getting with a partner in this so that way everything
is done you know what you need to do if you run into some obstacles you can talk
about it so the full energy interconnection analyst and design with
utility again it was a very very smooth transition you know between Ameren us
city to Jack Creek it just all went very well together they've been a great
partner and as they see the benefit of it also the engineering design of the
landscape integrity of community again we used some local engineering people
that work well with partners to make things what we thought was going to
happen make it happen so they were able to go out look at the land what might
need to be done as first elevations that sort of thing so you know all of that
was done and again that would be something I would also do prior to
going to the city with your application because that way you can
show the plans what the projects going to look like and work out all the
details prior to sending it to a board or a council or the elected officials to
have them vote on so they they can see it right in front of them and have all
the answers all the questions answered prior to in the application for the
credits working on that right now that's process yeah that's the
January 15th Kendra just mentioned that we're waiting on some things from the
state and of course they're back in session here coming up so hopefully that
will be worked out and we'll know further how to start registering people
and also how the process of selecting a site will be handled and then again
management of financing and construction cost of the project again
that's working the projector he working with John as John mentioned and he was very
humble in this John has dealt with townships I think most of his career and
so in government bodies so he understands the process and he's been
our Township attorney for many years now and handled many many issues
they come up anytime you're in government or the public sector you're
gonna have issues at some point time so again I would suggest getting a attorney
that is knowledgeable of this type of work and hiring them it will pay
benefits down the road tremendously to have these things all lately taken care
of prior to going into it so again his work with legal folks at Trajectory were
great they put together a what I would term a boilerplate contract that a reputable attorney put this together with them so that there's you
know there's nothing that can fall through the cracks in it so it's a very
solid so again I would stress that very strongly to get also on the financial
part of that I would also look at again it's a payment each year but
don't overextend your spending you know just make sure if you've got land a
landscape work to do if you've got anything that needs to be done project
calculate that into your your initial cost and go that direction
don't promise things that you can't do again the customer acquisition of the
solar community solar subscribers that one we're just kind of hanging loose on
right Kendra to see what what we can do right so you get a lot of yeah we're
ready as I said we're ready building tomorrow it's just a matter of now
getting the state to figure out permitting and those sort of things we
learned all the legal process for the zoning the applications all that's been
approved so it's just a matter right now again waiting for applications from
state so guys my eyes aren't good enough for the questions out there that we can
maybe can you get the lawyer closer to the microphone I did see that question
quite a lot of the question here I'll just read them out loud to everybody who
is the decision maker that needed to approve of the project was it Rick I
yeah anytime let me answer this in a Township for
township supervisor any use of Township property as acted upon by the voters we
we as the township I presented this to our trustees which they we manually
voted to proceed with the process again with John's expertise and that Kenda's
help all of this and Paul's putting it all together so in saying that we the
township are legally bound to the voters of Fondulac township any type of
abuse of property has to be approved by them at a special Town Meeting
so that's the process that we had to go through and again we took it upon
ourselves to build a public meeting prior to the town
meaning so that people were educated we put on all the information on the TV
news websites all those things to get any issues on the table get those
answered and if there's something that we didn't know and we didn't think about
then we could research and get that answer prior to the Town Meeting which
we the voters again unanimously approved to do this they were totally in favor
John your perspective is that now that's Township so cities followed
city or county properties knowledge on yeah and again you all know hopefully
you know if you're coming from the county or the city perspective or the
Forest Preserve District you should become intimately or already are and
intimately familiar with your powers you know as Rick said there are limitations
at various points now cities especially Home Rule cities have a lot more
independence and there's only one home rule County and that's that's Cook so I
mean you know for the most part you're going to have and I'll say it generally
more authority than probably a township in the City and County realm that being
said we cannot stress enough how important we felt the public the prior
commitment to the public for informational purposes having a plan for
the press releases having a plan with the you know the energy partner to what
is going to be said and you know transparency was always that buzzword it
still is the buzzword quite honestly we have found that we were very fortunate
to be in a position where we could address every just about every
conceivable question before it was time to put that to a vote there are
instances where a project can end up in front of a zoning board of appeals at
the county or the city level no one really doesn't know much about it and
surprise surprise the project maybe gets voted down or there you know as an
opposition that organizes quickly and you're at a loss because we know the
project is good but we just need get that out there so again the more you
can do but front no matter what your authority or your law tells you you have
to do I think that's the next question we see here is can we restate the
financial benefits of the operation I mean we'll get back to the spine here
okay John ar-15 20-year 20-year lease which and just rough terms it's a
20-year lease that we're paid $1,000 per acre and what the 2% escalator each year
from the term release so for the 20 years so in calculation of that that's
$18,000 that initial year and then an escalator on top of that each year so as
you can see the numbers out here it's that's over a 30-year period two
quarters a million dollars roughly so again after year one you know when you
first start the project then that helps you in the budget process knowing that
okay I'm going to get $18,000 plus 2 percent escalator coming in that year
for additional projects and his balance tax tax levels well that's a great point
because you know who no matter the type of government you are you have budgetary
obligations in terms of reporting and you know between your budget planning
and your upcoming levies you know certainly there's going to have to be a
tough balance and having some financial security and knowing exactly what's
coming in on this particular any other issues is is clearly a strong benefit
well in one thing John anything inside the fences we call it maintenance all of
that is on Trajectory or the body that's handling the silver paint so we take
care of the rest of the property which we wouldn't do anyway and they handle
everything within the fenced area so that's what I would term you know
critical in that application to the one thing and I don't know the answer this
maybe John could if you're a private landowner if you're leasing that you
might want to get with your tax accountant and figure out how that works
and yeah that's fair you know whether you're private or public
I still think consultation with your auditor or your accountant makes sense
number one from the public side I mentioned you know the budgetary
obligations what do I have to show is income what do I have to show is out
expenses like legal or maybe from the private standpoint yeah certainly
whatever lease income you have may be tangible but you know a consultation
with the accountant upfront may also expose you to potential you know I from
the both federal and state levels who knows what sort of green or favorable
could come in and any new tax bill relating to renewable energy so any
consultation the next question I see here if do you have to make changes to
your zoning or permitting in order for this to work well the legal answer just
about every question as it depends but let's just err on the side of yes this
all relates back to your initial diligence we know that in most it's not
everything I can say that because I learned the hard way but in just about
every county in Illinois we're going to have some sort of zoning classification
whether it be you know residential commercial agricultural industrial I'm
generalizing we know there are obviously more types of zoning and exist however
that diligence that Fondulac did by reaching out to the city of
Peoria that actually has zoning control the township does not hear and we're in
an area where the city actually has control versus the unincorporated part
of the county in that instance we had to work with them because we were so early
in the process many cities and counties did not even have solar farm ordinances
they didn't even they didn't have zoning for it they didn't know you know and
it's nobody's fault it was just so early in the process that those were just now
being considered so we had to be on the forefront with East Peoria and with
Tazewell County to have provisions put into the zoning codes on how to
implement and license in otherwise zone these solar farms now in terms of
permitting what we're finding out is that for the most part you know your
building and your construction permitting is going to be an essence the
same understand that another key component sometimes it comes into this
is the health of local health officials because they may or may not require some
sort of you know depending on what the the temporary construction is
going to look like if you're going to have an office or you're going to have
some sort of structure that sits permanently there for future management
we're not but they may require certain you know septic or wastewater options
there too so you know in terms of the question
yeah we had to make sure the zoning allowed for how it was going to be put
in place maybe you live in an area where you have kind of a solar guidance or it
may be a special use versus just allowed in the particular area and so forth *Captions pending for this portion* now okay so next do you know an
opportunity to double solar farms with something like a conservation easement
such as he's been to protect pollinator habitats
I suppose that's quite possible depending on who your energy partner is
and what the Zoning Authority wants you to do if I understand the question
correctly you know you're going to have a lot of green space it just kind of
depends on what the overall plan for construction and use is if you've got
buffer zones yeah I could you know again my knowledge is not you know huge on
this but I could think that just like any other zoning project the Zoning
Authority may ask well what sort of landscaping buffers what sort of green
scape are you going to require or will they require on an on a project and if
part of that includes again assuming the company you're working with wants to do
that allows room for pollination and other you know habitat options you could
easily work out with them but that would require I think some additional
diligence because I don't think we have anything similar you know how many of
these projects are going to be approved or I wish we had that crystal ball yeah
it very well could conceivably go into a lottery situation
where each body that's each project that's been approved and ready to go
will go into a lottery and then the power agency will draw names we're
hoping that with the thrust of solar power and the benefits of solar power
for community can benefit them again the benefits that are out there that the
legislation bodies pushed to have as many applicants able to do it as
positive as they're out there versus a select number each year so that end of
the formula right now as it stands today there will be X number line and we're
not sure what that number is most god of Kendra do I don't remember what the
number is I think but anyway that's a we're hopeful that the again that that
the lottery goes away and the thing just say start building next spring yeah
we're in for those that maybe had a little trouble hearing you repented with
the mercy of what the state the Illinois power agency is telling us regulations
and and comment periods change in terms of how they want to handle the
procedures as best as we can tell yeah there is going to be in January the idea
to accept these applications with a selection process how that process is
handled in February or March we're at the mercy but being ready as Rick said
shovel-ready is is very important for we're ready to go when we need to be the
next question you mentioned how to get community support and engagement during
the planning process aside from how to do this how important do you think it is
for local governments to consider during the implementation and the planning well
they eat yes would be yeah you need yeah Rick was right on when he said reach out
to your trades reach out to your city zoning or county zoning reach out to the
press reach out to your green teams your your environmental groups
reach out to your council members or those that have the final vote on this
authority this is an opportunity to get all the players advised aware and have
all those questions answered even before the pen I mean it was funny
we had all this worked out to a degree but then it was not until we had elector
approval that we had the documents there for Rick and his counterpart at
Trajectory to sign so no ink was on any paper but yet we had all that ironed out
and ready to go was there a chance that people could
have voted no absolutely but the odds were not pointing that way because
everything had tried to be conveyed to the public as early as we could any
other idea one of the couple questions your financial homeowners and businesses
and implementing this project Oh inter rates this issue earlier on
average a subscriber can expect to save roughly 10% off of the energy supply
portion of their utility bill so that would also apply to homeowners and
businesses and again we feel that this is a huge benefit to schools
as well that are going to be close by and then I don't think I see oh there
was a question about the zoning ordinance I can tell you that the city
of East Peoria has their ordinances available online I think they also
tracked with muni code or one of the other agencies you know the township
itself doesn't have a solar code but the ordinance is related to the solar energy
code and solar energy systems as a special use in their overall zoning code
would be available online too if anybody who want actually talk to Ty Livingston is the director
of planning and zoning for the city and we worked extensively on this project so again Ty
Livingston city of East Peoria 309-427-7623 Ty would be happy to talk to you and again this is the benefit you know anything we can be helpful in
this ongoing process Fondulac Township 309-699-5621
correct Kendra shaking her head and just looking at us but no anything we can do to help please let us know and very valuable for your citizens for the future we see
anything else on their John I don't see any other questions I think right up to thank you very much as an excellent
overview of your project and really great fun implementations or engaging
the community I think we we did a good job of capturing the questions we're
gonna set up a poll that really helps us to kind of gauge where we're at in in
the programming for today so do click on the poll and give us your responses
there to how the program helped you and I wanna seeee thank you for
participating special offers presenters for taking time to share very important
and to let you know that there will be a recording of today's webinar it'll be
available on the University of Illinois extensions website in probably two to
three business days and we hope that you'll be able to join us for our next
webinar on October the 4th we'll be looking at public places for the 21st
century using green spaces to reach the triple bottom line thank you everyone
and have a great day

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