The Tri-States will serve as home to the first solar electric facility built by an electric cooperative in the state of Illinois.
The Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative (IREC) will host a groundbreaking for the 500 kilowatt Scott County Solar Project on Friday at 2 p.m.
The solar facility will be built near the IREC substation three miles south of Winchester on Highway 106.
Cooperative officials say about 2,500 solar panels will be installed over four acres.
Construction is expected to take about three months
The project is partially funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Renewable Energy Business Development Program.
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