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  • 27 Apr 2020 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Upon the closure of Group A Small DG Block 1 on March 31, 2020 at 4:59pm, the opening capacity of Group A Small DG Block 2 is 16.725 MWac.

    The Program Administrator announced on April 1, 2020 that Group A Small DG Block 1 had closed. Per Section 6.3.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, this Block was held open for an additional 7 calendar days beyond the date on which it had reached capacity. Any Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch on or prior to March 31, 2020 at 4:59 PM Central Prevailing Time were allocated to Block 1, and thus received Block 1 pricing, provided that the application fee was paid within 10 business days following batch submittal. Any Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch after that time will be allocated to Block 2.

    The capacity allocated to Block 1 during this 7-day soft close period impacts the capacity available for Block 2. Any applications submitted as part of a paid batch during the soft close period that exceeded the original 22 MW capacity of Group A Small DG Block 1 were deducted from the original capacity of 22 MW for Group A Small DG Block 2. Because an additional 5.275 MW of capacity was allocated to Group A Small DG Block 1 during the soft close period (for a total of 27.275 MW of Block 1 capacity), Group A Small DG Block 2 has an opening capacity of 16.725 MW, not the original capacity of 22 MW.

    The final calculation of the opening capacity of Group A Small DG Block 2 was not known until at least 10 business days had passed from the closure of Block 1. Capacity allocated to projects in Group A Small DG Block 1 that are subsequently withdrawn will be added to Group A Small DG Block 2 capacity.

  • 14 Jan 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    The submission deadline for the Call for Participation at SOLAR 20/20 has been EXTENDED to February 1! Share your research, programs, operations, personal actions, and visions at SOLAR 20/20! Learn more at ases.org/participatesolar2020 or contact solar2020@ases.org.

  • 11 Dec 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Ticket Number 5887 held by Jeff from Michigan!

    Thank you all for participating in ISEA's 2019 Tesla Model X Raffle! Even if you did not win, you contributed to an important cause: the future of renewable energy.

    ISEA is committed to advocating for sound state policies to support the funding and growth of renewable energy. ISEA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses. ISEA also organizes grassroots advocacy and relays essential information to legislators concerning renewable energy.

    Continue supporting renewable energy by becoming an ISEA member.

    If you did not win the raffle this year, look out for the announcement of the 2020 Tesla Raffle! Don't miss this important announcement by following ISEA on facebook and twitter!

    We cannot thank you enough for all your support to not only ISEA, but also the future of renewable energy.


    Illinois Solar Energy Association

  • 11 Dec 2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Solar Energy Association is in the process of organizational changes in order to continue to advance our mission to promote the widespread application of solar in Illinois. 

    Founded in 1979 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, the organization was focused on public education for the majority of its history. In the last decade ISEA expanded its efforts to include working to ensure stable policies and regulations for solar development in Illinois. 

    Currently ISEA is 600 members strong comprised of both business and individual memberships. In order to ensure that the dual focus of education and advocacy continues to grow along with the industry and development in the state, ISEA is launching a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association.  This organization will allow ISEA to expand its efforts in policy and advocacy. All ISEA business members will be part of the 501(c)6 trade association beginning in 2020 and individual members will remain members of the 501(c)3. 

    All current Illinois Solar Energy Association members will be asked to vote to change the name of the 501(c)3 to the Illinois Solar Education Association in elections taking place in December. The Illinois Solar Energy Association will become the name of the trade association.

    We at ISEA are very excited about these changes and believe that the two organizations working in tandem will best support the growth of clean energy in our state!

    Let’s keep growing!

    Lesley McCain

    Executive Director

  • 26 Nov 2019 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    Early Bird Discount Ends Dec. 1st!  
    Hosted by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association

    What is the Solar Training Academy?
    The Solar Training Academy was developed to prepare students for careers in the solar industry, and give participants a leg-up when pursuing solar jobs. And Solar Installer is one of the fastest growing jobs in the US!

    Designed to fit your busy schedule, our Solar Training Academies are a series of weekend classes providing students with industry-leading solar technical training. Topics include photovoltaic (PV) fundamentals, PV site assessment practices, and design principles and considerations.

    Upon academy completion, students qualify to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam, an increasingly sought-after solar credential valued by the industry.

    Learn more and register: midwestrenew.org/sta

  • 01 Nov 2019 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    Organizations across the country understand what clean energy means for jobs, economic growth and the environment. This week more than 70 industry associations and advocacy groups are calling for an extension of the 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable energy. This tax credit rewards homeowners and businesses that are doing their part to speed our transition to clean energy and has already created hundreds of thousands of jobs and added billions in private investment to our communities. From homebuilders to bird watching enthusiasts, associations across the country are now calling on Congress to protect the ITC and pass the Renewable Energy Extension Act, a five-year extension of this critical policy. Learn more here. 

  • 11 Oct 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the newly announced 300 SolSmart Communities in the U.S. We are proud to say Illinois leads the pack with 41 SolSmart communities, more than any other state. SolSmart designees are communities that have demonstrated streamlined local procedures to make it easier for homes and businesses to install solar energy systems. Congratulations again to all the communities making a difference to increase solar energy in our country! Check out more information here.

  • 30 Sep 2019 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected ComEd’s Petition for Leave to Appeal the Second District’s decision to allow munis and coops to participate in the Adjustable Block program. The Second District’s order will now stand and ComEd, to the extent they disagree, will need to seek a legislative solution or argue the issue in the pending LTRRPP update.

    Read more about the decision on the Petition for Leave to Appeal on page 21 of the PDF here.

  • 06 Sep 2019 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2019 Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Awards, including the President and Founder of Simpleray Solar Tyler Anderson! Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 awards program highlights emerging leaders throughout the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. See the list of recipients here.

  • 02 Aug 2019 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    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. 



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