Green Energy Will Be 50 Percent Of County Government Electricity

Sourced from Homer Glen Patch

The Will County Board voted this week in favor of green energy by increasing the amount of renewable electricity they purchase to 50 percent. The county said it currently purchases 12 percent of their energy from renewable sources. Twelve percent is the minimum level set by the Illinois General Assembly.

"Will County has been a leader in going green for years," County Board Speaker and Frankfort Republican Jim Moustis said in a release. "From the green roof on the county building to our LEED certified courthouse to the recycling of methane gas at our landfill, we've always looked for innovative ways to be more environmentally friendly."

Moustis also said that the county is looking into generating solar power for county-owned buildings including the installation of solar panels at the new courthouse in Joliet. This will help the county become more self-sufficient, he said in a release.

The county said some board members also hope that going green will also attract more businesses that are environmentally conscientious.

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