Low-Income Community Solar Pilot

Public Act 99-0906 was signed into law on December 7, 2016 and became effective June 1, 2017.  On December 4, 2017, the IPA submitted its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Long-Term Plan”) to the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) pursuant to the provisions of Sections 1-56(b) and 1-75(c) of the Illinois Power Agency Act and Section 16-111.5 of the Public Utilities Act.  As approved by the ICC, the Long-Term Plan provides for a procurement of RECs from Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Projects under 15-year contracts.  Rather than applying to the Illinois Solar for All Program and receiving an administratively determined REC price (as is the case for the other Illinois Solar for All sub-programs), projects selected through the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot will receive a $/REC price determined through a competitive bidding process.  Payments will be made over the first 10 years of the contract.  Projects must result in economic benefits for the members of the community in which it is located and must include a partnership with at least one community-based organization.  Please refer to Section 8.6.4 of the Long-Term Plan for additional information.

Preliminary Proposal Requirements, Draft Key Contract Terms, and an indicative schedule are posted to the Draft Documents Page.

You may register to receive announcements for the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot through the Register Page by selecting the “Low-Income Community Solar Pilot” option.

The presentation materials and audio recording for the webcast held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 are posted to the Draft Documents Page.  An additional webcast is expected to be held at a later date.  More information will be provided about the additional webcast as it becomes available.

Click here to view FAQs related to the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot.