The Illinois Solar Energy Association, established in 1975 to educate and advocate for solar energy in Illinois, has been working for 40 plus years to ensure that Illinois consumers have a smart choice in how they power their homes and businesses.

In addition, ComEd’s net metered customers have received the below letter, which ISEA has redlined, announcing a proposed small solar rebate for potential customers.

ComEd’s announcement of the rebate does not distract from the fact that ComEd has spent years blocking reforms that would fix Illinois broken renewable portfolio standard (RPS), that would unshackle the potential of rooftop and community solar, creating thousands of new clean energy jobs. 

ComEd’s announcement does nothing to change the fact that its bill includes many provisions that will hurt solar customers and workers. ComEd proposes to greatly reduce net metering, the foundational solar policy that is in place in over 40 states. Without net metering, the fledgling solar industry in Illinois would be devastated. But ComEd goes further and proposes a damaging rate change for residential customers that would limit homeowners’ ability to control their energy bills. This residential rate design is so extreme, it is not used by any other investor-owned utility in the country. 

As you read this, it is important to remember that the ComEd service territory has just over 600 rooftop solar customers and zero community solar projects because our energy policy in Springfield remains broken.

The only way ComEd can honestly claim it supports growing solar projects and jobs in Illinois is by supporting long-running policies like net metering and embracing a smart fix to the broken RPS like the one proposed in the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (SB1485/HB2607).

Let your legislators know that you support the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill here.


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