Find an Approved Vendor or Designee
Illinois Shines includes various types of Approved Vendors:
Distributed Generation Installer (DG Installer)
A DG Installer has received certification from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to perform distributed generation installations.
Distributed Generation Project Developer (DG Project Developer)
A DG Project Developer may oversee client relationships, design of the solar project, and site management. The DG Project Developer must utilize an installer for the project who is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
Community Solar Project Developer
A Community Solar Project Developer designs, develops, and oversees community solar projects. The Developer must utilize an installer for the project who is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
An REC Broker/Aggregator works with installers, developers, and sometimes individuals to submit projects for approval into Illinois Shines. The REC Broker/Aggregator will be responsible for submitting applications, collecting meter readings, monitoring REC creation, and distributing payments. REC Brokers/Aggregators are usually one step removed from the end-use customer and usually interface with customers via a Designee.
Illinois Shines includes various types of companies who have been added by qualified Approved Vendors to perform other work for them and act as Designees:
Disclosure Form Designee
An entity that is permitted to generate Disclosure Forms on behalf of an Approved Vendor.
Community Solar Subscriber Agent Designee
An entity that is permitted to acquire and manage the community solar subscription information for an Approved Vendor’s community solar projects.
Marketing or Sales Designee
An entity that is designated to act as a marketing agent and/or customer acquisition agent on behalf of an Approved Vendor or another Designee.
An entity that has been designated to install systems on behalf of an Approved Vendor or Designee and is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to do so.