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Solar Professionals Resources

In the industry and need some assistance? Check out the following pages for information, links, and forms.

Distributed Generation Installer Certification
DG Certification for installers is required in the state of Illinois. This page details a variety of paths to take to get certified.

Educational Programs and Job Training
Looking to gain a little more training for the job? This page walks you through ISEA educational offerings, as well options for degree programs.

Renewable Energy Credits and Pricing
Learn about the IPA procurement plan and current REC pricing.

Net Metering & Interconnection FAQs
ComEd residential customers are eligible to participate in Net Metering if they own or operate an eligible system less than or equal to 2,000kW (AC-rated) for their own use. To participate in Net Metering, the system should be sized to produce no more than 110% of the homeowner's most recent 12-months of energy usage. In the case of new homeowners/new constructions, ComEd will base the 110% of usage on what an "average customer" uses in that area.


This page gives an overview of the SolarAPP program, and how it works to streamline permitting to reduce the soft costs of solar. It is free for municipal permitting departments!

Recording of IPA Webinar for Approved Vendor Registration Training

The webinar for the Approved Vendor registration training for the Adjustable Block Program was held on Thursday, November 1st, 2018. Click here to view a full recording of this webinar. A full transcript of the Question and Answer session is available for download here. You can click here to download a copy of the presentation shown during the webinar.

Illinois Solar Rights Act
Learn some important legislation in this Act from 2011. The Illinois Solar Rights Act is intended "to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging the development and use of solar energy systems in order to conserve and protect the value of land, buildings, and resources by preventing the adoption of measures which will have the ultimate effect, however unintended, of preventing the use of solar energy systems on any home that is subject to a homeowners' association, common interest community association, or condominium unit owners' association."

Investment Tax Credit (ITC) There are two federal tax credits that incentivize solar investments: (1) the Section 48 Investment Tax Credit (ITC) available to businesses who invest in solar energy systems; and (2) the Section 25D residential solar energy credit that may only be claimed by individuals who purchase a solar energy system, typically installed on the roof of their home. 

UPDATE: As of August 2022, the ITC has been increased and extended. It is now 30% through the end of 2032 for residential projects and will step down after that.

Model Inspection Checklist for Residential Rooftop PV
A document from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council providing guidelines for reviewing the permit plan application and inspecting most residential rooftop PV systems.

Model Leases and PPAs
Click here
to access the following Model Leases and PPAs:

  • Model PPA and Lease Agreements for Residential Customers (Disaggregated and Aggregated) that could be used by vertically integrated companies who finance and install solar energy systems
  • Model PPA and Lease Agreements for Commercial End Users, not Homeowners

PACE Resources

The Illinois Finance Authority has developed a standardized, efficient, and affordable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (“C-PACE”) bond financing service for all counties and municipalities in Illinois. Under Illinois law, counties and municipalities establish C-PACE programs so commercial property owners in their communities can economically finance or refinance up to 100% of their alternative energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency, and water use improvement projects on a long-term basis.

Prevailing Wage Hub

A page focused on information for prevailing wage compliance has been added to the Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) website. The page serves as a resource providing an overview of how prevailing wage is applicable to the Program, has links to additional resources, and contact details from the Illinois Department of Labor to help Approved Vendors and Designees navigate compliance with and documentation of prevailing wage requirements for relevant projects.

OSHA Standards Typical to the Solar Energy Market Space

Fall Protection Topics

Electrical Topics

OSHA complaint form

Disclosure Forms

The following SEIA forms contain relevant information for parties that participate in the U.S. Solar Industry Market Space:

Solar Purchase Disclosure Form: Typical Terms and Costs associated with the Purchase of a Solar Energy System

Solar Lease Disclosure Form: Typical Terms and Costs associated with the Lease of a Solar Energy System

Solar PPA Disclosure Form: Typical Terms and Costs associated with the Power Purchase Agreement of a Solar Energy System

Further questions? Visit http://illinoisabp.com/ to learn about updates as they happen.



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