Rockford Solar Energy Project, Chicago-Rockford Airport, Winnebago County, Illinois
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided Federal funding, appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to the lllinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) under the State Energy Program (SEP). The State proposes to provide a $4 million of its SEP funds to Rockford Solar Partners LLC (RSP), who would use these funds for the design, permitting, and construction of a solar photovoltaic array with a generating capacity of up to 20 megawatts (proposed project). Because the proposed project would be located at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has jurisdiction by law and special expertise applicable to this EA effort. For purposes of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA), DOE was the Lead Agency and the FAA was a Cooperating Agency. DOE's Proposed Action is to authorize the State expenditure of Federal funding under the SEP for the new facility. The Proposed Action also includes FAA's Proposed Actions.