As many as 200 homes in Oak Park will soon have the opportunity to install solar panels and sell energy back to the grid at peak times, under a smart-grid program implemented by the village.
Village trustees approved a $75,000 contract with Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit research organization, to help implement the village's new smart-grid program.
One-hundred Oak Park single-family homeowners and 100 multiple-family units will be allowed to participate in the program, according to a news release from the village.
"Having demonstrated knowledge, experience and expertise in getting smart-grid projects up and running is a major step toward achieving our goal of keeping Oak Park a leader in environmental initiatives," Village President Anan Abu-Taleb said in the news release. "With Pecan Street's assistance, we can move closer to implementing a project that will underscore the village's commitment to environmental sustainability."
The project is being conducted through a partnership with the Korea Smart Grid Institute and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The Korea Institute and state grants will help fund the program, according to the village.
"Smart grid technology is a new territory for communities such as ours, but its promise for energy savings and efficiency is real," Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said. "Oak Park already has made great strides toward setting up a demonstration project. With Pecan Street's help, we can begin the journey from an idea to a working model."
Source: Oak Park.com
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