Currently, job training programs that were developed as a result of the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) (P.A. 99-0906) are being managed by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) until June 30, 2022.
At that time, the management of these programs will change hands from ComEd to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). These programs are will also be updated in size and scope. This change was mandated by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) (P.A. 102-0662), which was signed into law on September 15, 2021.
The passage of CEJA also formed a new distinction for Approved Vendors under the Adjustable Block Program called Equity Eligible Contractors (EECs). This new type of Approved Vendor receives the same REC price as other project applications submitted to the program, but are offered a distinct block of capacity that is reserved for those that qualify as EECs.
Approved Vendors that would like to submit projects into the Equity Eligible Contractor (EEC) category must first apply to become EEC certified. They may do so in conjunction with their Approved Vendor application or at any time after submitting their initial Approved Vendor application.
You can learn more about these changes at the IPA website linked here.
Solar Installer Training
Many community colleges provide opportunities for renewable energy education. Check the Illinois Community College Board website to view current programs.