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  • 12 Jul 2013 7:56 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (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, 2012 thru April 30, 2013 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.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be cut off when the cap is met

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

    2. Once it has been determined how many SRECs are needed for the Naperville program, 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 2012-13 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.

    2012-13 SRECs will be purchased for $105.  Quantity of SRECs available for purchase will be announced in June.

    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.
  • 11 Jul 2013 8:10 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    The City of Naperville's Renewable Energy Program cannot purchase all of SRECs from the current distributed generation projects in Illinois.  In addition, the Naperville program which has been in existence since 2005, is not guaranteed to remain in existence.

    The real fix to having a viable distributed generation SREC market in Illinois is to get the state Renewable Portfolio Standard, which was implemented in 2007, working again!

    The Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) - a policy that requires electricity retailers to provide a minimum percentage or quantity of their electricity supplies from renewable energy sources - is broken.

    Take action to ensure that the Illinois RPS functions as originally intended.  Let your representatives know that you support SB103.


    Due to municipal aggregation ComEd and Ameren are over purchased for both electricity and RECs. Consequently the Illinois Power Authority does not plan on procuring any renewable energy until 2018.

    The RPS needs to be fixed so the distributed generation and the solar carve outs can be implemented to grow solar development in Illinois.

    Take Action!

    Take action to ensure that the Illinois RPS functions as originally intended.
    Call your legislators today and let them know that you support the RPS fix.
    It is easy, takes less than 5 min and you do not have to be a expert, just a constituent who would benefit from the fix.
  • 10 Jul 2013 8:12 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Stand Up for Solar!

    ISEA Solar Lobby Day was a great success!

    The Illinois solar industry is banding together to educate our legislators on the importance of fixing our state Renewable Portfolio Standard.

    When the RPS is functioning as originally intended, it will provide the funding and stability necessary for the development of local renewable energy, and generate a positive market resulting in new businesses and jobs in Illinois.

    Ensure that lawmakers understand the impact this issue has on you, your business, family and future.

    Make sure that your voice is heard!

    Call your legislator and let them know that you support the RPS no cost fix!

    Talking Points
  • 29 Mar 2013 8:15 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    The USDA on Friday, March 29th, released a funding notice for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for 2013. While the funding levels have diminished, the funding this year will help hundreds of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the country reach fruition.

    REAP supports a broad range of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. With REAP farm energy includes energy efficiency, wind power, solar, hydroelectric and bioenergy of many sorts.

    It’s important to note that the deadline for grants for feasibility study or project construction is April 30. This is a very tight turnaround – the shortest in the history of the REAP program. However, the timeline for loan guarantees is generous – a deadline of July 15, 2013.

    Competition will be strong as overall funding available is now only $20.8 million. The USDA hopes to allocate one half each for grants and loan guarantees. If the USDA succeeds in using $10.4 million in funding for loan guarantees, the risk-adjusted level of loan guarantees would be $43.4 million.

    The USDA has set aside $4.1 million to fund grants of $20,000 or less. This reflects the emphasis placed by Congress on small projects in the 2008 Farm Bill.

    Feasibility study funding has been capped at $250,000 nationwide. The USDA provides no reason for this cap.

    Interested parties should contact their state USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinator. You can download the official funding notice here.
  • 27 Dec 2012 8:19 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Since 2007, ISEA has purchased RECs from members with solar installations in Illinois and sold them into the City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program.

    The Naperville Program was transitioned this year from being managed by Community Energy to the city staff. ISEA has been working with Naperville to educate them about RECAP and to solidify a continuation of our collaborative program.

    Please be patient while we work out these communications. We will post and email any new information.

    An application will be made available to members once a new contract with Naperville is secured.

    Click here to learn more about RECAP.
  • 02 Dec 2012 8:23 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Photovoltaic (solar electric) incentives
    • $1.50/watt or 25% for homeowners and businesses
    • $2.60/watt or 40% for nonprofits and public entities
    Wind energy incentives
    • $1.70/watt or 30% of project cost for homeowners and businesses
    • $2.60/watt or 40% for non-profits and public entities
    Solar thermal incentives
    • <30% of project cost for homeowners and businesses
    • 40% of project cost for non-profits and public entities
    Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects was lowered from $30,000 to $10,000.
  • 11 Jul 2012 8:25 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    At Solar Drinks last night the newly formed Clean Energy Illinois Political PAC announced their plan to fund election efforts for candidates that will not only support clean  energy legislation but CREATE growth and longevity. They explained the necessity for clean energy supporters to work collectively to ensure favorable policies are passed in the Illinois General Assembly through supporting candidates who make renewable energy a priority.
  • 22 May 2012 8:27 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Jigar Shah delivered a motivating speech to 77 ISEA members and guests, inspiring them to prepare for major development in Illinois. Thank you to Jigar Shah, our Supporting Sponsors (Windy City Renewable, Learn Green, Green CPA, Angel Wind Energy, Schuco, Illinois Green Business Association, and Helios USA), our prize sponsors (Ora Dental Studio, SunTactics, and Shedd Aquarium), and our attendees for their support.

    Jigar Shah delivered a motivating speech to 77 ISEA members and guests, inspiring them to prepare for major development in Illinois. Thank you to Jigar Shah, our Supporting Sponsors (Windy City Renewable, Learn Green, Green CPA, Angel Wind Energy, Schuco, Illinois Green Business Association, and Helios USA), our prize sponsors (Ora Dental Studio, SunTactics, and Shedd Aquarium), and our attendees for their support.
  • 30 Apr 2012 8:29 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    1st workshop occurred on June 28, Comments submitted on July 9th, 2nd workshop scheduled in Springfield on July 16th - conference line (866) 418-3591  Code: 907882#

    Included in SB1652, now Public Act 097-0616, is a provision for the ICC to develop certification standards for solar PV and EV charging station installers.  The ISEA is intervening and will participate in this process. Rulemaking on docket 12-0213 begins today.
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