2023-24 MES Year-End Report Deadline, Annual Report Requirement and Support, Equity Accountability System Survey

The IPA announces new information related to coming up in Illinois Shines, Stakeholder Support, Program News, Ongoing Operations Updates, Application Processing Updates, Ongoing Program Portal Updates, and other Requirements and Reminders. The full announcement is available here. Topics covered include the following: Coming up in Illinois Shines Stakeholder Support Program News – New or Updated Items […]

Limitations on Reasons Cited in Good Cause Extension Requests

Each project that is Part I verified in the Illinois Shines program is required to be Energized (Part II verified) within a certain timeframe from the date that the project has been approved for a REC Contract by the Illinois Commerce Commission (“Trade Date”).  The following table provides the timeframe for projects to be Energized […]

2024-25 Program Year Opened June 3, 2024-25 MES Compliance Plans Now Past Due, Annual Report Requirement and Support

The IPA announces new information related to coming up in Illinois Shines, Stakeholder Support, Program News, Ongoing Operations Updates, Application Processing Updates, Ongoing Program Portal Updates, and other Requirements and Reminders. The full announcement is available here. Topics covered include the following: Coming up in Illinois Shines Stakeholder Support Program News – New or Updated Items […]

Updates on Illinois Shines Block Capacity Following 2024-25 Program Year Opening, Soft Close Initiated and Concluded for EEC CS Group A Subcategory, Community Solar Next Steps

The Illinois Shines 2024-25 Program Year successfully opened yesterday, June 3, 2024. A 2024-25 Program Year opening announcement provided stakeholders with key documents, updates and resources. The IPA and Program Administrator announce the following updates on block capacity and next steps for Traditional Community Solar and Community-Driven Community Solar. We thank stakeholders for their collaboration […]

Welcome to Illinois Shines Program Year 2024-25

On behalf of the Illinois Shines program, the Illinois Power Agency and Program Administrator welcome stakeholders to Program Year 2024-25. This Program Year includes new and expanded capacity for project categories to continue the expansion of solar development in Illinois, and brings new requirements and Program features, updated Program documents, new REC prices and contracts, […]

Uncontracted Capacity Reallocation Process for the 2024-2025 Program Year

Illinois Shines features annual blocks of capacity that remain open until block capacity is exhausted for the Program Year, and unused or uncontracted capacity is redistributed after the close of a Program Year. A memo outlining the steps the Agency has taken to reallocate remaining capacity from the 2023-2024 Program Year for use in the […]

2024-25 Program Year Opens June 3, 2024, Final 2024-25 PY Capacity Allocations, MES Compliance Plans for 2024-25 Program Year Due June 3, 2024

The IPA announces new information related to coming up in Illinois Shines, Stakeholder Support, Program News, Ongoing Operations Updates, Application Processing Updates, Ongoing Program Portal Updates, and other Requirements and Reminders. The full announcement is available here. Topics covered include the following:   Coming up in Illinois Shines Stakeholder Support Program News – New or Updated […]

Community Solar Updates and Reminders for 2024-25 Program Year

Community Driven Community Solar (CDCS) On June 3, 2024, the 90-day CDCS application window will open for the 2024-25 Program Year. Upon closing of the 90-day application window on September 1, 2024, projects will be reviewed and scored based on the scoring criteria as outlined in Appendix F of the Program Guidebook, with projects selected […]

Reminder: Minimum Equity Standard (MES) 2024-25 Program Year Compliance Plan Due June 3, 2024

The project workforce of each participating Approved Vendor and Designee must comprise a required minimum percentage of Equity Eligible Persons (EEPs). The MES requirement for the 2024-25 Program Year is 10% EEPs for an entity’s total project workforce. Definitions for Equity Eligible Persons, the minimum workforce percentages, key steps and dates for compliance, and other […]