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Solar power expanding in Illinois

CHICAGO (KWWL) -- Illinois utilities will be buying a percentage of their power from solar energy sources by 2015.  That's part of a new law in that state signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

The requirement is that companies purchase a half-percent of solar power by June 2012.  The percentage doubles each year until reaching 6 percent in 2015.

Quinn said Tuesday at the University of Illinois Chicago that the law is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs in the Illinois solar power industry.

An Environmental Law and Policy Center representative says similar benchmarks for wind energy have been working.

The Democratic governor also signed a law requiring homeowners' associations to inform potential residents about solar panel policies.

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