More than 400 Illinois companies serve wind power and solar energy markets, providing more than 20,000 jobs to people across the state, according to a report released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce joined the report release, underscoring the importance of investments in renewable energy in driving business growth across metropolitan Chicago.

“Energy is an important part of the infrastructure that businesses look to when deciding where to open up shop,” said Elise Houren, Manager of Government Relations for the Chamber. “We know many businesses have embraced sustainability and placed a priority on renewable energy. We have the companies and workforce to bring more solar powered businesses to the Chicagoland area and to develop more wind energy across the state using parts manufactured here in Chicagoland.”

Click here to read the full press release from the ELPC.