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Nation’s Largest Solar Power Plant Now in Chicago

Exelon Corporation is now “cashing in” on the warm summer sun since it built the nation’s largest urban solar power plant, Exelon City Solar, in Chicago.

Exelon City Solar was constructed on 41-acres of land that had previously been vacant for 30 years, and consists of 32,292 solar photovoltaic (PV), or solar electric, panels that convert the sun’s rays into energy. This translates to 14,000 megawatt-hours of energy a year. That’s enough energy to meet the needs of 1,500 homes.

The clean energy produced by Exelon City Solar works to displace more than 30 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That’s the same as taking 2,500 vehicles off the roads.

The solar power plant is part of “Exelon 2020”,  Exelon Corporation’s plan to lower its carbon footprint by reducing, offsetting, or eliminating 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

However, reducing Exelon’s carbon footprint is not the only thing this power plant is doing. The construction of the $60 million solar power plant created 200 jobs in the Chicago area.

Exelon City Solar moves solar power plants to the mainstream by providing a visual example that large-scale solar energy is possible.

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Solar Energy and the Job Market

by Megan McLaughlin

The economy has certainly seen better days and although jobs are few and far between, many companies have recently seen an increase in the availability of jobs. Solar Energy companies seem to be doing quite well as far as jobs are concerned. If you are looking to jump start or change your career and have been held back due to the state of the economy, perhaps you may be interested in looking into solar energy companies.

For example, one company in particular is boasting many wonderful jobs right now; SunPower. According to the history on their website, "SunPower has been developing world record-breaking solar technology since the 1970s." Today, they "continue to provide high-energy solar systems for the world’s business and technology leaders, governmental agencies, retailers and other entities, along with the highest-efficiency solar panels for international residential customers."

With job offerings across the country and around the world that include Accounting, Customer Service, Engineering, Marketing, Sales and so much more, SunPower is certainly holding up pretty well during this tough economic time. They also offer great benefits including health and employee solar purchase benefits. Not many companies offer that kind of incentive!

For more info about greening your future and your resume, check out this article: Green Your Resume or this one: The nitty gritty green job search
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Join the Worlds Greenest Building on Facebook

is-partnerbanner_125x125Independence Station has launched a Facebook group titled Fans of the World’s Greenest Building. Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet and The World’s Greenest Building’s Facebook group will be a great tool for future residents to connect with the builders and developers, as well as other potential homeowners, in an innovative and unique way.

Anyone interested in learning more about this extraordinary green built project can find a plethora of information through the Facebook group. They can view pictures of the construction of the building as well as renderings of Continue reading