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  • 02 Aug 2019 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Low-Income Community Solar Pilot RFP – COMING SOON: Preliminary Proposal Requirements, Key Contract Terms, and a WEBCAST

    Section 1-56(b)(2)(D) of the Illinois Power Agency Act requires the development of a Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Project sub-program as part of the Illinois Solar for All Program.  

    To meet this requirement, as provided for in the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) will be conducting a competitive procurement event for Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”) from Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Projects under 15-year contracts starting in Fall 2019.  Projects selected through the Illinois Solar for All Low-Income Community Solar Pilot (“Low-Income Community Solar Pilot RFP”) will receive a $/REC price determined through a competitive bidding process and the RECs will be purchased by the IPA.  

    Preliminary proposal requirements and draft contract terms for the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot RFP will soon be made available on the procurement administrator’s website (https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/community-solar-pilot/) . 

    Please note that this is one of two low-income community solar sub-programs under Illinois Solar for All; for non-pilot low-income community solar projects, the IPA is also administering a Low-Income Community Solar sub-program. Please see https://www.illinoissfa.com/programs/community-solar/ for more information. 

  • 15 Apr 2019 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Please be advised the following was posted on the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services website on April 5, 2019. 

    RFI – City of Chicago Municipal Electricity Supply, including Renewable Generation Resources.

    All questions should be submitted to electricitysupply@cityofchicago.org by April 19, 2019.


  • 03 Apr 2019 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    The IPA and the Program Administrator announce the allocation of the remaining 25% of Program capacity (approximately 166.5 MW). The Agency has allocated the remaining Adjustable Block Program capacity in a manner which it believes best accommodates the considerations applicable to its allocation. The discretionary allocations for each Group/category along with the Agency’s rationale for this decision can be found in the Allocation of Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Rationale document.

    The Agency and the Program Administrator appreciate the hard work and massive commitment of resources provided by Approved Vendors and other parties in preparing the project applications received during the program’s launch. While we understand that not every stakeholder will agree with this allocation of discretionary capacity, it is the product of attempting to balance competing concerns against the backdrop of a limited budget. Not all applicant projects can be supported in the program’s first phase, and we hope to support many additional projects in future years.

  • 25 Mar 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) and Program Administrator announce that Block 2 for the Group B, Large Distributed Generation (“DG”) project category (i.e. DG projects from 10 kW-2MW) is closing. Block 2 will remain open for the next 14 days per the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan’s “soft closing” concept which states that blocks will be “held open until the later of (i) 45 calendar days after opening, or (ii) when the block is filled (in which case the block would be held open for an additional 14 additional calendar days after it is filled).”

    Block 2 will close Friday, April 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time. Assuming available capacity, projects in batches submitted during this 14-day window will receive Block 2 pricing if the project application is approved by the Program Administrator, with approval subject to the availability of capacity within this category (capped by the combined capacity of Blocks 2 and 3) plus any discretionary capacity allocated to Group B, Large DG that is announced. Once the 14-day window has concluded, Block 2 will be considered closed and Block 3 will open, to the extent that any Block 3 capacity remains available. Once the combined capacity of Blocks 1-3 has been reached, batches will be considered on a first come/first served basis, and will be deemed eligible for any Block 4 discretionary capacity allocated to the Group B, Large DG category on that basis should the Agency allocate discretionary capacity to Group B, Large DG.

    Consistent with the process described in the paragraph A.2 of the Program Guidebook, all Group B, Large DG projects that applied to the Adjustable Block Program in the first 14 days after Program opening (January 30, 2019) will receive Block 1 pricing if the project application is approved. Because the capacity of project applications received during those 14 days (approximately 97 MW) was at least 100% and under 200% of Block 1 capacity, Block 2 in the Group B, Large DG category opened automatically after the first 14 days.

    The IPA expects to announce its allocation of discretionary capacity next week, which will provide additional Program capacity at Block 4 pricing.

    As a reminder, Group A, Large DG, and both Group A and Group B, Community Solar categories will be subject to the lottery procedures, with each of those three lotteries scheduled for April 10, 2019. Groups A and B, Small DG remain open in Block 1.

  • 08 Mar 2019 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Power Agency and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator announce that the Adjustable Block Program lottery will be rescheduled from March 21, 2019 to April 10, 2019.

    Based on processing the Part 1 project applications submitted during the first 14 days of the Adjustable Block Program, the Program Administrator has determined that additional time will be required to ensure a complete and comprehensive review of all applications prior to the lottery required for each of three Group/category combinations (Group A – Large DG; Group A – Community Solar; Group B – Community Solar), while still providing the 14-day cure period for projects that require additional information or clarification. The initial review of applications has required a more complex and extensive review and approval process than originally anticipated, and the Program Administrator seeks to ensure that there is adequate time to obtain all information required to ensure that every application submitted in time for the lottery is adequately reviewed and each project is duly qualified for participation.

    We appreciate your patience and apologize for this delay, but believe that through the additional time allowed by an April 10, 2019 lottery date, no additional delays are likely to be required.


  • 22 Feb 2019 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms to submit proposals for the design, procurement, and installation of new, residential and commercial, direct-owned and power purchase agreement photovoltaic systems at a per-watt price lower than the prevailing single system market rate.

    The group buy is being led by Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The goal of the group buy is to increase solar education and installations in Champaign and Piatt Counties through a group purchase involving free information sessions and a competitive selection process.

    Between 2013 and 2018, the MREA facilitated twenty-two Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 6,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 7,400 kW on over 1,000 properties. Among those property owners who received proposals from partnering contractors, an average 42% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.5 kW.

    The group buy is conducted with the support of the City of Monticello, Piatt County, City of Savoy, City of Urbana, Prairie Rivers Network, Parkland College and associated municipalities and community groups with wide publicity and awareness in the area.

    Click here to go to the RFP announcement page where you can download the Request for Proposals. NOTE: The website will be updated soon, so if the link stops working, please email Peter Murphy at peterm@midwestrenew.org.

    RFP Announced February 22, 2019

    RFP Questions Due/Posted March 8, 2019

    RFP Proposals Due March 15, 2019

    Firm Selected April 1, 2019

  • 21 Feb 2019 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Tentative Lottery Date Announced and Status Update on Block 1 Applications

    The Illinois Power Agency and the Program Administrator wish to announce that based upon Part 1 project applications submitted during the first 14 days of the Adjustable Block Program, it appears that there will be lotteries for the following Group/category combinations:

    Group A - Large DG (133 MW of applications received)

    Group A - Community Solar (940 MW of applications received)

    Group B - Community Solar (864 MW of applications received)

    According to Section A.1 of the Lottery Procedure, a lottery would be triggered in a Group/category combination if the applications during the first 14 days totaled over 200% of the size of the applicable Block 1. For Group A, Block 1 in any category is 22 MW, while for Group B, Block 1 in any category is 52 MW. Therefore, the applicable thresholds for a lottery were 44 MW of applications in a Group A category and 104 MW of applications in a Group B category.

    The tentative date for the lottery is March 21, 2019. More details on the lottery will be released in the coming weeks.

    Group B - Large DG, Block 1 received approximately 97 MW of applications by February 13th at noon. If all of those applications are approved, approximately 7 MW of capacity will remain in Block 2 (in addition to 13 MW in Block 3). However, until all these applications have been reviewed it is not possible to definitively determine how much of Block 2 remains open or even if Block 1 has been filled. The Program Administrator intends to announce that Block 1 has been filled when at least 52 MW of applications have been approved and Block 2 will remain open for at least 45 days from that date, based on Sections A.2.a and C.4 of the Lottery Procedure. The Program Administrator will announce the remaining total of Block 2 when all applications received by February 13th at noon have been reviewed.

    For each of Groups A and B - Small DG, Block 1 was not filled (approximately 4 MW of applications received in each Group) and remains open.

    The project application portal will remain open for application submittals. However, for the Group/category combinations that will have lotteries, any applications submitted after the 12:00 Noon, February 13, 2019 deadline for the lottery will be chronologically placed on the waiting list behind projects submitted to, but not selected in, the lottery. Due to the large number of projects submitted to those Group/category combinations the waitlist in these Group/category combinations may be significantly long. Please keep this in mind in submitting future applications to these Group/category combinations.

    The IPA and the Program Administrator appreciate all of the hard work of Approved Vendors and other parties in preparing the over 3,000 project applications received during the first 14 days of the program.

     

    Community Solar Brochure and Spanish DG Brochure Released

    The Illinois Shines Community Solar informational brochure is now live and accessible on both the Adjustable Block Program website and Illinois Shines website.

    Additionally, for Approved Vendors that work with primarily Spanish speaking customers, the Illinois Shines Distributed Generation informational brochure is now live and accessible in Spanish on both the Adjustable Block Program website and Illinois Shines website.

    A Spanish version of the Illinois Shines Community Solar informational brochure is currently being developed and will be available in the near future.

     

    REC Contract Questions and Answers Document Posted

    As part of the Final REC Contract Announcement, the Illinois Power Agency and the Program Administrator invited written questions on the Final REC Delivery Contract, to be submitted by January 31, 2019. These questions and the answers to these questions have now been posted here.


  • 12 Feb 2019 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    The deadline to ensure that Illinois Adjustable Block Program project applications are included in any potential lottery, if needed within a Group/category combination, is 12:00 PM (noon) CST on February 13, 2019. All batches that have been created within the application portal by the deadline will be reviewed by the Program Administrator for inclusion in a potential lottery. All application fee payments must have been initiated by the deadline of 12:00 PM CST on February 13, 2019.

    After the lottery deadline has passed, the application portal will remain open to new applications for all Group/category combinations, in accordance with the Program Guidebook.  The volume of project applications received for each Group and project category in the program are available on the Illinois Adjustable Block Program website dashboard.


  • 12 Feb 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    NABCEP now offers digital badges for all of its Board Certified Professionals. Check out a sample digital badge here, and if you're NABCEP Board Certified, check your email to accept your badge today!

  • 12 Feb 2019 12:24 PM | Anonymous
    The Illinois Adjustable Block Program, also known as “Illinois Shines," opened for project applications on January 30, 2019. The Adjustable Block Program provides incentives to facilitate the development of new photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar projects, with successful applicants receiving payments for 15 years of renewable energy credit deliveries from those projects.


    The volumes of project applications received for each block in the program are available on the Illinois Adjustable Block Program website dashboard.  The dashboard shows megawatts of capacity submitted into each block, broken down by submission type, geography, and review status. The dashboard is updated every evening at 9:00 PM.

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