Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will visit Governors State University on Wednesday, April 19, at 12:00 p.m. Quinn will meet with the public, university representatives, and area legislators to discuss the university’s recent solar panel installation.In 2003, Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn suggested to GSU's Chief Operating Engineer that the University consider using solar energy to help reduce energy costs. In 2004, after contacting Solar Service Inc. of Niles, IL to engineer a solar thermal system, GSU was awarded renewable energy grants of $150,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and $65,323 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, totaling 70% of the cost of the solar thermal installation. Solar Service Inc. was contracted to install the system and when completed in May 2006, it will be the largest solar thermal system in Illinois.
Office of Public Affairs, "Governors State University to Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn to Discuss the State’s Largest Solar Panel Installation" (2006). Press Releases. 196.