As part of Illinois’ state program to increase renewable energy capacity, Vistra Energy’s Joppa power plant in Massac County will receive $40.7 million to convert the plant into a solar energy, battery storage hybrid facility, reports WSIL.

The project will breathe new life into the local economy, as the plant was already slated for closure. One of five plants in the state receiving funding for conversion, it will contribute to 255MW of battery storage capacity, enough to power 258,000 homes.

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