EEC DG Capacity

In accordance with the 2022 Long-Term Plan, any unallocated capacity reserved for Equity Eligible Contractors (EEC) Distributed Generation (DG) projects will become available to be allocated to either EEC Community Solar (CS) or EEC DG projects after nine months of the start of the Program Year. EEC DG capacity is available to be allocated to […]

Resources for Equity Eligible Contractors and Small Businesses

As previously shared, the Illinois Shines Mentorship Pilot concluded on December 18, 2023. Participants in the Mentorship Pilot, which began October 30, 2023, completed eight weekly sessions with the Program Administrator team during the pilot. The Program would like to congratulate those participants who completed the pilot, and to thank them for their engagement, participation, […]

Resources for Equity Eligible Contractors and Small Businesses

As previously shared, the Illinois Shines Mentorship Pilot concluded on December 18, 2023. Participants in the Mentorship Pilot, which began October 30, 2023, completed eight weekly sessions with the Program Administrator team during the pilot. The Program would like to congratulate those participants who completed the pilot, and to thank them for their engagement, participation, […]

Advance of Capital Evaluation Criteria – Final Criteria Posted

The Illinois Power Agency would like to thank all stakeholders that provided comments on the Stakeholder Feedback Request – Proposed Advance of Capital Evaluation Criteria, published on October 31, 2023. The request for feedback outlined specific criteria for evaluating requests for an advance of capital for projects receiving a REC contract in the EEC Category […]

Equitable Energy Future Grant Program NOFO

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for their Equitable Energy Future Grant Program on November 16, 2023. This grant is available to EECs developing projects that meet defined eligibility requirements with awards ranging between $250,000 – $1,000,000 to cover predevelopment/preconstruction expenses. Applications will be considered […]

Advance of Capital Evaluation Criteria

Updated from 10/31/2023 Stakeholders comments were due on November 14, 2023, and five commenters submitted their feedback. Comments have been posted to the Program website and are currently under Agency review. The Agency tentatively estimates finalizing and publishing the final Advance of Capital evaluation criteria at the end of the month and begin accepting re-submissions […]

Stakeholder Feedback Request – Proposed Advance of Capital Evaluation Criteria

A feature of the Equity Accountability System, as established by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, is the ability of Equity Eligible Contractors (EECs) to request an advance of a portion of REC Contract value prior to the associated project’s energization. This capital advancement pre-energization is intended to serve EEC-certified businesses exhibiting true need and […]

Mentorship Program

The Illinois Shines Mentorship Program, supporting the equity provisions of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, will launch on Monday, October 23, 2023. The inaugural session of the Mentorship Program includes eight meetings and will conclude this winter.

Application Status Update

Two new statuses are now live in the portal and will show in AV project reporting. These statuses are: