A state law that went into effect in 2017 made Illinois more attractive for community solar projects. The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) provides incentives and other terms for community solar, including:
Learn how to take advantage of the new law from the documents in this section.
The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition's website provides summaries of FEJA and other resources https://ilcleanjobs.org/resources/
Citizens Utility Board – 2017
Community solar allows Illinois consumers to receive solar energy even if they do not have solar panels installed on their homes, or the space to do so. Residential and business electric utility customers that are “subscribed” to the community solar garden can receive credit on their electric bills. Those with solar panels can send their excess energy back to the power grid to receive credits towards their electric bills as well, called net metering. Host customers, like homes, businesses, or schools can recruit neighbors to invest in the solar energy project.
Individuals or entities can subscribe to several solar panels to help fund solar energy installation in their community. There are no restrictions to who can participate. Residential and business customers can participate, by hosting or subscribing to a site or project.
There are numerous benefits to community solar. These includes lower electric bills for both subscribers and non-subscribers; greater reliability; reduced peak demand; added financial benefit through selling Solar Renewable Energy Credits (S-RECs); consumer education; and community improvement. S-RECs can be can be owned or sold to the state to meet its renewable energy goals.
Estimates of human health benefits in Illinois communities from growing renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Description: Conforms with the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Final Order in Docket No. 17-0838, dated April 3, 2018, and Amendatory
Order dated May 2, 2018
Contents include these three chapters related to community solar:
On August 6, 2018, the Illinois Power Agency launched a website for the Adjustable Block Program, www.illinoisabp.com. The Agency expects to open the program for vendor registration on November 1, 2018, and for project applications from Approved Vendors on January 15, 2019. You can sign-up on the website to receive announcements related to the development of program materials and information for the Adjustable Block Program.
This schedule shows prices established by the Illinois Power Agency for Renewable Energy Credits from community solar power projects in seven size categories. The Group A prices apply to Ameren Illinois and MidAmerican. The Group B prices apply to ComEd.
Also in the schedule are prices for Community Solar Small Subscriber Participation Adjustments, Low-Income Community Solar Initiative, and other programs.
Workshop presentation describing key points on the Illinois Power Agency’s procurements of Renewable Energy Credits. Discussion of items includes:
Project application/maturity requirements
Brownfield site eligibility