U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced approval of $1 million in funding for the city of Peru for a wind turbine "to promote green jobs" and $250,000 for a Heartland Community College sustainability program. The House and Senate sent them to the President's desk for his signature.

"This funding shows how serious Illinois is in our efforts to become a true leader in green energy and in creating green jobs," said Halvorson. "It is American innovation and ingenuity, created right here in Illinois, that will generate jobs that can't be outsourced and energy that won't pollute our water and air."

The funding, secured through the bipartisan Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act passed by Congress on Oct. 15 will provide $1 million towards the construction of a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine in Peru "that will reduce our dependency on foreign energy sources, and create long-term jobs and economic investment for our communities."

"It's been great to work with Congresswoman Halvorson to bring these much needed resources to our city," said Mayor Scott Harl of Peru, in a news release from Halvorson's office.

"The city of Peru has always been dedicated to providing its residents with clean, renewable, and reliable energy," said Jim Potthoff, of the city of Peru Electric Department.

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