WBEZ | champaign-urbana http://www.wbez.org/tags/champaign-urbana Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en U of I trustees approve $15.5 million solar farm http://www.wbez.org/news/u-i-trustees-approve-155-million-solar-farm-103770 <p><p>Trustees at the University of&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;have approved a $15.5 million project to build a 20.5-acre solar farm to help power the Urbana-Champaign campus.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/S4fsoc">The Champaign <em>News-Gazette</em>&nbsp;reports</a> that the solar-power facility will be built on land now used by the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.</p><p>The university says the solar farm is slated to begin producing power by next fall. It&#39;s eventually expected to supply about 2 percent of the electricity used on campus.</p><p>For the first 10 years, the university will buy power from Phoenix Solar Inc., which will build and operate the facility. After that, the university will own the solar farm.</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/u-i-trustees-approve-155-million-solar-farm-103770