Exploring Solar With Illinois Shines
Great – you’re considering participating in Illinois Shines! It’s time to review the types of solar projects available through the program. This page describes Distributed Generation and Community Solar projects, and some of the key considerations for consumers. You can also download the Guide to Going Solar with Illinois Shines for a brief overview.
Small Distributed Generation (DG)
Includes projects up to and including 25 kW in size, such as systems on a residence, small business, or other structures with a smaller energy load.
Large Distributed Generation (DG)
Includes distributed generation projects greater than 25 kW in size up to and including 5 MW, such as larger businesses, schools, factories, and other buildings with a larger energy load.
Traditional Community Solar (TCS)
Includes community solar projects 5 MW in size or below.
Community-Driven Community Solar (CDCS)
Includes community solar projects up to 5 MW that are intended to provide a more direct and tangible connection and benefits to the communities in which they operate. These benefits can include community ownership or wealth-building, meaningful project involvement and engagement from community members, nonprofit organizations, or public entities, and more.
Includes any solar project, whether Small or Large Distributed Generation, or community solar projects that serve a public school in Illinois. A Public Schools Program Category Brochure and a Public Schools Project Guide provide information to support schools looking to go solar. Other funding sources for public schools projects outside of Illinois Shines may be available.
Equity Eligible Contractor (EEC)
Includes Distributed Generation and Community Solar projects submitted by EEC Approved Vendors. EECs are certified by the Program and are the only Approved Vendors able to utilize the capacity made available for this Program category. The category seeks to set aside Program capacity for EECs to ensure better participation and access. More information on EECs and requirements for certification on the Equity Accountability System page.
Your project site, size, financing options, goals, and other considerations can help determine what type of project makes the most sense for you. Depending on your specific circumstances, a Distributed Generation project installed on your home or property might make the most sense, or a subscription to a local Community Solar project could be preferable. In addition, income-eligible customers should explore solar options through Illinois Solar for All, a state solar incentive program that offers guaranteed savings to income-eligible customers.
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