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Community Solar Resources

Community solar is a great way to start using renewable energy without buying panels yourself. Community solar has a large variety of models, but it can work for people who live in multi-family units, are renting, run a community-oriented organization, and many other situations!

You can find a community solar project in your service territory at the Illinois Shines website.

Check out the resources below to learn more.

Community Solar in the RPS
This page provides an overview of how community solar fits into Illinois's Renewable Portfolio Standard after the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA).

Illinois Solar for All
FEJA included specific provisions in order to make solar possible for those of low socioeconomic status by creating the Solar for All program. This page provides an overview of the program as well as other resources.

Community Solar: Developing Community Solar Projects
This website from the University of Illinois College of Law Library has a lot of information, including an updated list of passed ordinances in cities and counties throughout the state, resources specifically for lawyers, case studies, and more general resources.

Illinois Solar Farm Tour
Learn more about solar farms by exploring University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's videos about their array!

Any questions not answered here? Try ISEA's FAQ on Utility, Community, and Large-Scale Solar!

Community Solar Project Proposal Development

ISEA developed this presentation in June 2017 to assist groups who are interested in establishing Community Solar Projects in their communities. Not all projects will require a full Request For Proposals (RFP) or Request For Information (RFI); this presentation is meant to inform community groups on the aspects of developing a project.

Please feel free to download and share. We ask that the presentation is kept in its entirety. You can download the presentation by clicking here, or clicking the picture.

Presentation on Community Solar Outside ComEd Territory

Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar
SEIA's Consumer Guide to Community Solar, which gives background on community solar and key questions to ask before entering an agreement.

Department of Energy's Guide to Community Shared Solar, which details the process for beginning a community solar project

Land/Property Owner Solar Energy Guidance
Guide to Land Leases
to help land owners understand the opportunities and implications of leasing their property for solar installations.

Presenter: Michelle Knox of WindSolarUSA on behalf of ISEA

Department of Energy's quick video overview of Community Solar




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