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Moxie Solar opens location in Illinois

Moxie Solar’s Toby Batie (left) of North Liberty, Iowa, and Tyler Lo of Iowa City, Iowa, carry a solar module to a DynoRaxx mounting system on the south roof of the Riverview West development in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, May 20, 2016. The apartment building will have 306 solar energy-collecting modules, each outputting 285 watts. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Moxie Solar’s Toby Batie (left) of North Liberty, Iowa, and Tyler Lo of Iowa City, Iowa, carry a solar module to a DynoRaxx mounting system on the south roof of the Riverview West development in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, May 20, 2016. The apartment building will have 306 solar energy-collecting modules, each outputting 285 watts. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

NORTH LIBERTY — After a decade in the solar industry, North Liberty’s Moxie Solar has expanded east into Illinois.

Moxie Solar Illinois LLC in a May 1 news release announced the opening of a headquarters and regional distribution center in Dixon, Ill., about 130 miles east of North Liberty.

Jenn Hall, CEO of Moxie Solar Illinois, said the state provides not only an untapped market for renewable power, but Dixon has a big interest in solar.

“There was just no reason we couldn’t cross over the river and jump into that market,” Hall said. “I truly believe that Dixon is going to be the wave of the future. They’re so excited to put solar on everything over there. I think they’re kind of the community to watch when it comes to solar.”

What’s more, recent Illinois legislation could put the state on the cusp of major solar construction.

In 2016, Illinois lawmakers passed the Future Energy Jobs Act, which was designed to spur renewable energy growth statewide. The new law requires utilities to source 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025 — which is expected to drive development of around 3,000 megawatts of new solar energy projects by 2030, the release states.

Moxie Solar, which first opened in North Liberty in 2008, about eight months ago opened another office in Austin, Texas, Hall added.

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Much like its North Liberty counterpart, Moxie Solar Illinois is a full-service solar installer, offering solar installations for residential, commercial, agricultural and municipal customers.

Hall said Moxie Solar Illinois expects to hosts a ribbon cutting later this month.

Moxie Solar Illinois expects to create 50 jobs in the Dixon area over the next 36 month, the release states.

“These are the exact type of jobs and this is the exact type of company that we are looking to bring to the area,” Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said in the release.

The Illinois headquarters was announced in a partnership with the city of Dixon, Lee County Industrial Development Association and Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street, the release states.

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