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Group completes historical solar panel installation under Future Energy Jobs Act

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MARION, Ill. -- Groups in Marion celebrated the launch of solar job training under Illinois' Future Energy Jobs Act. 

On Wednesday afternoon, they also celebrated the completion of one of the first solar panel installations in the state under the Future Energy Jobs Act

Aur Beck, who's been working in the solar industry for 19 years, is happy to see the industry growing in Southern Illinois. Beck is the Owner and Chief Tech of Another Energizing Solar Installation.

"Natural environment, it's clean energy, people's environment of having to pay less electric bills, that's even better," Beck said. "Yes there's more competition, but yes there's more of a solar industry at the same time."

Elevate Energy teamed up with GRID Alternatives and Another Energizing Solar Installation to bring a new project to life in Marion.

"We work around the country to help people, organizations and communities reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and to be more energy efficient," said Sylvia Ewing, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach for Elevate Energy.

Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella and State Representative David Severin showed up to support the new project. 

"Not only are we saving energy for the homeowner, but we're also training some people on how to install the solar panels and learning about that," Severin said.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County hosted ten trainees from Lutheran Social Services to get hands on experience, installing 19 solar panels for a Marion homeowner.

 "This is the culmination of the training where they're able to actually apply those skills in the field on an actual installation," said Anna Bautista, Vice President of Construction and Workforce Development for GRID Alternatives.

This effort comes after eight weeks of training. Organizers told News 3 the trainees had three days to finish the installation and completed the job ahead of schedule in two days.

To learn more about the Future Energy Jobs Act, click here.

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