As previously communicated, on May 9, 2023, the annual block of capacity for the Group A Small Distributed Generation block has been filled. Section B of the Program Guidebook provides for a soft close period which allows the block to remain open for seven calendar days or when the next project application submitted to the block would exceed capacity by 10 megawatts. The soft close period began, and was announced, May 9, 2023, and was extended until May 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM CPT, OR until 10 additional megawatts of capacity are batched and submitted to the Program.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 6:19 PM CPT, the soft close limit of 10 additional megawatts of capacity was reached through projects batched and submitted to the block. As a result, in accordance with the Program Guidebook, any applications batched and submitted to the Program under Group A Small DG group/category after the soft close capacity was reached will be placed on a waitlist. As of the conclusion of the soft close period, the total batched project capacity for Group A Small DG is 52.18 MW.
The Group A Small DG block is now closed, and a project waitlist for this category can be found on the Program website at https://illinoisshines.com/block-capacity-dashboard/. At this time, new capacity for this Group/category is planned for the 2023-24 Program year and will be available on June 1, 2023.