Two bills were signed into law this week to encourage solar energy use. 

House Bill 6202 (P.A. 96-1437) changes the date that Commonwealth Edison and Ameren are required to begin ramping up their renewable solar requirement.

Previously, the electric suppliers had a 2015 deadline, but will now be required to show that 0.5 percent of the power is purchased from solar sources by 2012. The requirement will then incrementally increase over time and by 2015, six percent of power must be purchased from solar sources.

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