At the last McHenry County College Board Committee of the Whole meeting college President Clint Gabbard proposed a deal with a prospective Marengo solar farm.
Wanting details about winners and losers, I filed a Freedom of Information request asking for
“documents concerning the Marengo solar panel project, proposal.
“Please provide the people who have invested in the project and the owners of the land where it is proposed.”
The reply was 28 pages of mainly black redactions.
In the chain of emails, the word “Marengo” appears no where.
Below is a May 15th email that is typical of the lack of transparency:
The State Power Agency says that neither of the two proposed solar farms in Marengo was selected in the agency’s “adjustable Block Program project lottery, held on April 10th; this lottery process determined which community solar projects would be receiving renewable energy credit contracts under the Adjustable Block Program (developed pursuant to 20 ILCS 3855/1-75(c) and the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan).”
Both were Central Road [Energy] projects.
Project applications for Illinois Solar for All are still being received.
That category is a low-income solar incentive program for which non-profits and public facilities can operate as “anchor tenants” to a primarily low-income community solar project.
Presumably that is what the MCC Board is being asked to approve and keeping top secret.