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  • 30 Sep 2015 2:31 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    WCPT is airing a PSA on the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill--- have you heard it? 

    Listen here: CJB PSA.mp3

  • 30 Sep 2015 10:06 AM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) seeks proposals from Installers that can provide competitive pricing for a direct ownership model using various financing options including, but not limited to, cash and loans, and/or a leasing or power purchase agreement model for residential and commercial PV systems.


    The MREA, in partnership with the City of Urbana, IL, the Environmental Law Policy Center, and the Illinois Green Economy Network, will be organizing a group purchasing program for residential and commercial solar in Champaign County, IL. This effort is supported by funds from a Department of Energy SunShot Initiative grant.


    The RFP, any updates, and more information will be posted here:

  • 04 Sep 2015 11:33 AM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Last night's (9/3/2015) webinar is now available to watch on our Regular Procurement page. A link to download the powerpoint slides is also available.

  • 02 Sep 2015 1:20 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Read the following posting for an advertisement of request for proposals to finance, design, construct, install, operate, and maintain new rooftop-mounted photovoltaic generation facilities at Will County Adult Detention Facility and Sunny Hill Nursing Home for Will County.

    Click here for the full RFP.

    Addendum to WIll County RFP.

  • 09 Jul 2015 10:50 AM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)
    The Illinois Solar Energy Association, in partnership with the City of Naperville, is pleased to announce a request for renewable energy certificates generated from Illinois grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems 10 kW or smaller.

    The time period of usage covered by this solicitation is May 1, 2014 thru April 30, 2015 ONLY.

    ISEA offers the Renewable Energy Certificate Aggregation Program (RECAP) to Illinois solar photovoltaic (PV) system owners, providing them with an opportunity to receive payment for their Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs).
    The aggregated SRECs from RECAP supply the solar portion of the City of Naperville's Renewable Energy Program.  This partnership is the first market example of SREC transactions in Illinois. Prior to the RECAP program implementation, only large energy producers had the ability to sell their SRECs. This program was created in 2008 to provide revenue stream for small PV system owners and to support Illinois distributed generation solar development

    To qualify for RECAP, you must meet the following criteria:
    • Be an active member with ISEA (Individual membership for a residential system, business membership for a commercial system)  Join Now

    • Own and operate an Illinois grid-tied solar photovoltaic system with any utility in Illinois (must be net metered)

    • System size must be 10 kW alternating current (AC) or smaller with a Level 1 or related interconnection

    • Own SRECs and have not otherwise sold or delivered them to another party (No 3rd party SRECs accepted)

    • Ability to monitor solar electricity production on a quarterly basis (1 application per member per year)

    • System must be installed and operational before applying

    All applicants are required to provide proof of system

    RECAP is an annual program and requires a yearly application.  

    Due to feedback received from RECAP applicants, ISEA will NOT be accepting applications in 2015 on a first come first serve basis.  This year each application will be assigned a previously generated randomly generated number per the method used by the Department of commerce and Economic Opportunity for the Solar and Wind Rebate Program applications.

    Application for the RECAP program is a two step process.
    1. Fill out the online Application.  This application is time/date stamped.

    2. Green-e attestation forms will be requested from the applicants in the order that the initial application was received. 
      Please note :RECAP applicants accepted into the 2014-15 program will need to be able to complete all of the information on the Green-e Attestation form and have the required supplemental documents if this is the first time applying.

    Please note: RECAP applicants accepted into the 2014-15 program will need to be able to complete all of the information on the Green-e Attestation form and have the required supplemental documents if this is the first time applying.

    2014-15 SRECs will be purchased for $75. The City of Naperville will purchase 136 MWh of SRECs to fulfill the Naperville Renewable Energy program needs.

    This solicitation is only a proposal and no guarantee of purchase in any form is implied at this time.

    For further information, please visit the RECAP page.

  • 09 Jun 2015 4:55 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Illinois solar supporters:


    Please consider filing public comments in support of the ICC’s proposed net metering amendments.  The public comment period closes on June 22nd.   You do not need to become formal parties to the docket or retain an attorney in order to comment.  All public comments are acceptable.


    Illinois Register notice:

    • See page 6134 for proposed amendments to 83 Ill. Adm. Code Part 465
    • Time, Place and Manner in wh interested persons may comment on this proposed rulemaking: Comments should be filed, by June 22nd, to Elizabeth Rolando, Chief Clerk Illinois Commerce Commission 527 East Capitol Avenue Springfield IL 62701 217/782-7434
    • Please include docket number 15-0273 on all filed comments.
    • Please let us know if you plan to file comments so that we can keep track.

    The amendments cover the following issues:

    • Updated and clarified eligibility and bill credit provisions to reflect current law.
    • Requirement for competitive suppliers to post NEM application forms and procedures on their websites.
    • Provision for electronic application processing.
    • Improved notification procedures for NEM customers that are switching electricity providers and requirement that electric utilities provide interval data to enable accurate NEM billing by competitive suppliers.
    • New language requiring utilities to individually consider “meter aggregation”/virtual net metering applications.


    Here are some suggested talking points for comments:

    • Describe who you are and your interest in clean energy issues in Illinois:
      • Solar business,
      • Clean energy advocate,
      • Concerned citizen, etc
    •  Describe why you believe Illinois should support strong solar/renewable energy policies:
      • Good for jobs/economy,
      • Good for environment,
      • Good for the future of Illinois, etc
    • Describe why net metering is important:
      • Core/fundamental policy to support distributed generation,
      • Simple/fair credit for DG
    • Describe why you support these rules:
      • Clarifies and updates the rules and enhances transparency for the public and for clean energy businesses.
      • Helps facilitate information sharing and interval meter data between utilities and competitive suppliers so net metering customers can be billed accurately and do not fall through the cracks when they switch electric suppliers.  [465.50 subsections (j) and (k) and 465.55] [Consider sharing anecdote of your experience if applicable.]
      • New “meter aggregation” language at 465.90 provides important accountability for utilities to actually perform a full and fair “consideration” of meter aggregation (or “virtual net metering” / shared solar) proposals

    §  Add some discussion of why you think community shared solar is good for Illinois,

    §  Add discussion of the types of projects you may be considering or would consider if Illinois improved its policy in this area,

    §  State why it is important for utilities to provide a case-by-case consideration and written determination in response to community shared solar / virtual net metering proposals.  


  • 03 Jun 2015 1:25 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Written by Courtney Hanson (Midwest Outreach CoordinatorUnion of Concerned Scientists)

    The Union of Concerned Scientists has released an analysis showing that most states are already making significant progress toward cutting carbon emissions from power plants, and that can in turn help them meet their Clean Power Plan goals. The analysis shows that, through decisions already made such as the retirement of uneconomic coal plants, and compliance with existing renewable electricity standards and energy efficiency resource standards, many states all across the country are well positioned to reliably and affordably achieve the 2020 emissions reduction benchmarks. 31 states are on track to be more than halfway toward meeting the 2020 benchmarks set out by the EPA, and 14 of those states are on track to surpass those benchmarks.


    Illinois findings:

    • Illinois is on track to be 82 percent of the way towards meeting its 2020 benchmark because of its renewable electricity and energy efficiency standards and announced coal plant closures (we assume announced coal retirements occur and existing standards are met in all states).
      • The renewable portfolio standard requires utilities to produce 25 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2025.
      • The energy efficiency portfolio standard requires utilities to reduce energy demand by 2 percent each year compared to the previous year’s sales.
      • Eight coal generating units will retire between 2012 and 2020. These units generate 9,204 gigawatt-hours of electricity or 12 percent of the state’s coal-fired generation.
    • Illinois, along with 22 other states, is leading the country, as these states have already taken steps to achieve more than 75 percent of their 2020 benchmarks.
    • Illinois can meet its mandatory 2030 emissions reduction requirement a number of ways, including:
      • Creating a regional program that allows Midwest states to work together to reduce emissions. Illinois state regulators and utilities are considering this approach.
      • Strengthening the state’s renewable electricity and energy efficiency standards.  A recent UCS analysis found that requiring utilities to generate 35 of their electricity with renewable resources by 2030 and reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2025 would reduce the typical residential customer’s electricity bill 11 percent, or $10 a month, in 2020 and 23 percent, or $22 a month, in 2030.


    Please see UCS Senior Energy Analyst Jeremy Richardson’s blogpost with the key findings from the UCS analysis, and links to a table summarizing state progress toward the 2020 benchmarks and a slide deck (note that the 2020 benchmarks are NOT a mandatory target in the draft CPP). 


    Additionally, see Senior Analyst Jeff Deyette’s blogpost highlighting the irony that many of the states suing the EPA over the Clean Power Plan are actually already taking steps that would put them most or all of the way toward meeting the 2020 emissions benchmarks.


    The UCS Press release is here:

  • 21 May 2015 2:31 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    ISEA rocked Earth Month and beyond! Since the beginning of April, ISEA volunteers and Solar Ambassadors, Policy Committee and Staff have participated in over 30 events!


    ISEA Solar Ambassadors have supported and participated in over 20 events and educated an estimated 2,195 people on the advantages of being powered by the sun! Solar Ambassadors are ISEA members who advocate for solar energy and engage with the public to increase awareness, understanding, support and use of clean energy. The Solar Ambassadors spread the word about the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill at all of these events.

    Carrie Woodruff is a ISEA Solar Ambassador


    The ISEA Policy Committee teamed up with the Solar Ambassadors to host six Legislative Solar Socials at homes powered by solar this spring. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Illinois Clean Jobs Bill co-sponsors, view a solar installation and learn about the benefits of living with renewable energy! ISEA held events in Evanston, Chicago, Joliet, West Chicago, Wilmette and Champaign.


    Representative Carol Ammons at a Legislative Solar Social


    Over 50 ISEA business and individual members turned out for Solar Lobby Day On May 6th!   ISEA staff delivered Illinois Clean Jobs letters of support to legislators from their constituents. For more reflections on Lobby Day, click here.


    Solar Lobby Day in Springfield


    We are now gearing up for a busy summer with more public events and Legislative Solar Socials. Keep an eye on our events calendar for happenings in your part of the state!

    If you would like to sign a letter of support for the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, you can do so here.

    Thank you to all who made ISEA’s Spring Legislative Solar Socials successful!



    Senator John Cullerton

    Senator Pat McGuire

    Representative Carol Ammons

    Representative Laura Fine

    Representative Mike Fortner

    Representative Robyn Gabel

    Representative Lawrence M. Walsh Jr


    Social Host Sites

    The Bullock Family

    The Carrington Family

    Beth and Harry Drucker

    Lisa and Ron Elkins

    The Lorch Family

    The Willenbrock Family


    ISEA Policy Leads

    Lisa Albrecht

    Shannon Fulton

    Will Kenworthy

    Kacie Stanley


    Site Installers

    Earth Wind and Solar- John Caravette

    Juhl Energy -Mike Johnson

    New Prairie Construction – Julie Vogel

    Solar Service Inc – Brandon Leavitt and Joe Gordon


    ISEA Staff

    Patrick Dodge

    Taylor Gendel

    Lucas Kappel

  • 19 May 2015 3:40 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    The ISEA Policy Committee has scored a win for homeowners participating in the IPA procurement! The committee worked to educate the IPA on the financial burden that an overly strict Revenue Grade Meter requirement would cause homeowners. Systems under 10kW will now be permitted to use their inverter for performance data. 

    Details about the Metering Standards are housed on the IPA website.


    Thank you to this group of dedicated volunteers who work to ensure that Illinois business and residents have clear and fair opportunities to participate in the clean energy economy.

  • 30 Apr 2015 11:31 AM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Last night's policy webinar is now up and available to view.

    This webinar discussed the details of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill and how this new RPS will grow the Illinois clean energy economy.

    You can view the recording here.

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