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  • 05 Dec 2015 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)


    The solar ITC, first funded in 2006, is a 30 percent federal tax credit for solar systems on commercial (under Section 48) and residential (under Section 25D) properties. After 2016, the residential credit will expire all together and the commercial credit will shrink to 10 percent. The inclusion of solar in the tax extenders bill this year is the linchpin of continuing the success of the growing solar market. For more background, here is an article that the Examiner wrote on the solar ITC earlier this year, as well as a website put together by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC). The ITC is the only form of federal incentive support the solar industry receives, in contrast to dozens of subsidies and tax incentives other energy industries, including fossil fuels, have benefited from for decades.


    Help us put solar on a level playing field with these industries!


    Please call your legislators in the immediate as this opportunity may come up early next week and let them  know how important this extension is for both the economy as well as the environment.  Here is the link to find contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

  • 03 Dec 2015 1:40 PM | Anonymous




    There will be four Director positions for re-election for the 2016-18 term. Candidates are requested to submit their candidacy announcement in an email to contactisea@illinoissolar.org to the attention of the ISEA President Shannon Fulton and Secretary Brian Haug.  In the email response please state the candidate’s name, affiliation (if any) and contact information, as well as a statement (up to 100 words) of their candidacy. Please put ISEA Board of Directors Application Statement in the subject line. Electronic submissions of candidacy to contactisea@illinoissolar.org will be accepted until 12 PM, local time on December 9, 2015.

  • 01 Dec 2015 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Just this month, Chicago amended its Solar Zoning Policy to allow the installation of solar on residential garages.  Specifically, the amendment removed the restriction on Accessory Structures in Residential Zoned districts.  This change will allow solar to now be installed on both flat and pitched roof garages in all zoning districts. This is a welcome development for broad swaths of the City zoned exclusively for detached garages.  This change is a great opportunity for homeowners that previously did not find it economical to install solar due to the layout or shading of their home’s roof.  Allowing installation on garages offers additional opportunities to find that perfect location for solar.

    Even for homeowners with existing solar installation, this zoning change provides an opportunity to expand the size of the system, provide additional energy cost savings, and add creative new multi-tasking solar installations.  A PV canopy on top of a detached garage with a flat roof can create shade and protection from the elements while providing a renewable source of electricity for plug-in electric vehicles charging in the garage below. 

  • 10 Nov 2015 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    ***Deadline to submit your property for consideration in the Cook County Community Solar project has been extended to Friday, December 18th***

    Cook County Seeking Rooftops and Land to be Analyzed for Community Solar Project

    On November 2nd, Cook County released a Request of Expression of Interest (REI) seeking information on potential pilot properties that can potentially host a community solar development for the Cook County Community Solar Project. Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways Initiative grant, Cook County, along with other key partners, are working to analyze the potential of community solar in Cook County. Through June 2017, the Cook County Community Solar Project team will conduct an analysis for community solar projects, with a focus on developing plans for 5-7 demonstration projects within Cook County. The grant will fund the analysis associated with the demonstration projects and not the implementation of these projects.


    The REI process will continue until November 30, 2015, with notification of final site selection on June 15, 2016. Final proposals for the selected 5-7 demonstration projects will be released on December 15, 2016.


    If you are interested in learning more or responding to the REI, please visit the Cook County Community Solar Project Site Discovery Portal: www.elevateenergy.org/solar-site-discovery. Sites can be submitted online, by mail or by fax.

  • 07 Oct 2015 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    SRECTrade hosted and posted a webinar for Round 2 of the IL SPV. If you weren't able to join them live, you can now watch it here!


    Here's the link:




  • 30 Sep 2015 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    WCPT is airing a PSA on the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill--- have you heard it? 

    Listen here: CJB PSA.mp3

  • 30 Sep 2015 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) seeks proposals from Installers that can provide competitive pricing for a direct ownership model using various financing options including, but not limited to, cash and loans, and/or a leasing or power purchase agreement model for residential and commercial PV systems.


    The MREA, in partnership with the City of Urbana, IL, the Environmental Law Policy Center, and the Illinois Green Economy Network, will be organizing a group purchasing program for residential and commercial solar in Champaign County, IL. This effort is supported by funds from a Department of Energy SunShot Initiative grant.


    The RFP, any updates, and more information will be posted here: http://www.growsolar.org/news-item/request-for-proposals-champaign-county-il/

    Proposal due date: October 12, 2015

  • 04 Sep 2015 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    Last night's (9/3/2015) webinar is now available to watch on our Regular Procurement page. A link to download the powerpoint slides is also available.

  • 02 Sep 2015 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    Read the following posting for an advertisement of request for proposals to finance, design, construct, install, operate, and maintain new rooftop-mounted photovoltaic generation facilities at Will County Adult Detention Facility and Sunny Hill Nursing Home for Will County.

    Click here for the full RFP.

    Addendum to WIll County RFP.

  • 09 Jul 2015 10:50 AM | Anonymous
    The Illinois Solar Energy Association, in partnership with the City of Naperville, is pleased to announce a request for renewable energy certificates generated from Illinois grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems 10 kW or smaller.

    The time period of usage covered by this solicitation is May 1, 2014 thru April 30, 2015 ONLY.

    ISEA offers the Renewable Energy Certificate Aggregation Program (RECAP) to Illinois solar photovoltaic (PV) system owners, providing them with an opportunity to receive payment for their Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs).
    The aggregated SRECs from RECAP supply the solar portion of the City of Naperville's Renewable Energy Program.  This partnership is the first market example of SREC transactions in Illinois. Prior to the RECAP program implementation, only large energy producers had the ability to sell their SRECs. This program was created in 2008 to provide revenue stream for small PV system owners and to support Illinois distributed generation solar development

    To qualify for RECAP, you must meet the following criteria:
    • Be an active member with ISEA (Individual membership for a residential system, business membership for a commercial system)  Join Now

    • Own and operate an Illinois grid-tied solar photovoltaic system with any utility in Illinois (must be net metered)

    • System size must be 10 kW alternating current (AC) or smaller with a Level 1 or related interconnection

    • Own SRECs and have not otherwise sold or delivered them to another party (No 3rd party SRECs accepted)

    • Ability to monitor solar electricity production on a quarterly basis (1 application per member per year)

    • System must be installed and operational before applying

    All applicants are required to provide proof of system

    RECAP is an annual program and requires a yearly application.  

    Due to feedback received from RECAP applicants, ISEA will NOT be accepting applications in 2015 on a first come first serve basis.  This year each application will be assigned a previously generated randomly generated number per the method used by the Department of commerce and Economic Opportunity for the Solar and Wind Rebate Program applications.

    Application for the RECAP program is a two step process.
    1. Fill out the online Application.  This application is time/date stamped.

    2. Green-e attestation forms will be requested from the applicants in the order that the initial application was received. 
      Please note :RECAP applicants accepted into the 2014-15 program will need to be able to complete all of the information on the Green-e Attestation form and have the required supplemental documents if this is the first time applying.

    Please note: RECAP applicants accepted into the 2014-15 program will need to be able to complete all of the information on the Green-e Attestation form and have the required supplemental documents if this is the first time applying.

    2014-15 SRECs will be purchased for $75. The City of Naperville will purchase 136 MWh of SRECs to fulfill the Naperville Renewable Energy program needs.

    This solicitation is only a proposal and no guarantee of purchase in any form is implied at this time.

    For further information, please visit the RECAP page.



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