Rush Applauds First Free Solar Installations in District Under Illinois Solar for All Program

Jun 29, 2020
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) applauded the first free solar installation to take place in his district under the Illinois Solar for All program.  The installations that took place in Rep. Rush’s district were the first and only projects to be undertaken by this groundbreaking program in the state of Illinois.

“If the Illinois Solar for All program sounds too good to be true, the residents of my district are here to tell you that it isn’t,” said Rep. Rush.  “I am so delighted to see my constituents taking advantage of this critical program that will not only increase their energy savings, but will also increase job opportunities in our community, and lead to improved air quality in the greater Chicago area.

“As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, the goal of achieving a 100 percent clean economy is among my top priorities, along with ensuring an equitable transition for environmental justice communities and other vulnerable communities during this necessary transition.  The Illinois Solar for All program is cut from the same cloth, and I am so proud to see that members of my community are finally reaping the benefits.”

The Illinois Solar for All program was created by Illinois’s Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) in 2017. The program provides free solar power installations to qualifying residents with zero upfront cost and also guarantees at least a 50% savings on users’ monthly energy bills. 

This year, Rep. Rush joined Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Paul D. Tonko (D-N.Y.) in releasing draft legislation for the CLEAN Future Act, which would ensure the United States achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution no later than 2050.  This legislation includes a grant program to advance solar installations within low-income and underserves areas.