URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say the institution’s second solar farm will make it one of the leading U.S. universities in solar energy work, but some professors have raised concerns about the land the project will occupy.
The News-Gazette reports that the 55-acre solar farm is planned for a site a few miles south of the Urbana campus in the village of Savoy.READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Clearing Skies, Wind Chills Bring Sub-Zero Feels-Like Temps
Physics Professor Scott Willenbrock recently served as a provost’s fellow for sustainability. He told the Academic Senate on Monday that the project will help the campus meet its goal of generating 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources.READ MORE: View Live Radar
Richard Gates is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. He says he’s concerned that the project is taking away valuable flat land that’s used for research.MORE NEWS: Neighbors Help Each Other Dig Out, Plows Get To Work On Side Streets After Lake Effect Snowstorm
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