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Springfield city council members, utility officials, and clean-energy advocates reached an agreement on new rules for rooftop solar panels on Tuesday.

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On the roof of the Kerasotes building in downtown Springfield, at the corner of Sixth and Washington streets, Michelle Knox shows off a 9.9-kilowatt array of solar panels.

“This system offsets about 25% of the building’s consumption,” she said.

Those savings make the monthly City Water, Light and Power bill lower than it would be without solar panels. And thanks to a system called “net metering,” CWLP gives the building owners a credit when the panels produce extra electricity, which goes back to the city grid.

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Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

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Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

Illinois Solar Tour

If you want to learn more about solar energy and how it can be put to use in your home or business, there's a good opportunity for a firsthand look this weekend. It's the annual Solar Tour.