Portal Updates

Portal Development Roadmap

The Portal Development Roadmap is designed to preview upcoming, planned development for the Illinois Shines portal. Updates on the following planned activities will be provided in weekly Program announcements, and detailed below in the Portal Updates Blog in conjunction with software releases.

Roadmap Update: March 15, 2024
QUARTER 3 2023 (July, August, September)

Disclosure Form: Make a Copy, Archive, Improved Management

  • Make a copy allows for data on a disclosure form to be copied onto a new form. This solution should make new form generation and data corrections faster and easier. The disclosure form search layout will also be improved, with the ability to search by customer name and installation address and to filter by all fields on the dashboard. AVs and Designees will also be able to Archive forms that are no longer necessary to the AV.
QUARTER 4 2023 (October, November, December)

Disclosure Form: Distributed Generation APIs for Purchase, PPA, and Lease Disclosure Forms

  • Allows for the generation and submission of disclosure forms to utilize an Application Programming Interface (API). This solution should assist Approved Vendors and their Designees in more efficient disclosure form generation and submission. A working group will be created in late Summer/Fall 2023 in order to develop this tool and is open to all Approved Vendors and Designees that intend to utilize this tool once released. Those interested in participating in this working group should reach out to [email protected].

Project Searchability Feature on External Website

  • This tool will allow program participants and customers to utilize a search tool on the Program website in order to determine the status of a specific project without needing to call the Program Administrator or for Approved Vendors and Designees, sign in to the portal. This tool will allow for searching by project ID, disclosure form ID, or customer email address.

Approved Vendor Dashboard

  • A centralized place in the portal for AVs to take all of their programmatic actions. Features will be rolled out as completed and may include: actionable applications, program announcements, need info communications, consumer protection warnings, designee management, application withdrawals.
QUARTER 1 2024 (January, February, March)

Disclosure Form enhancements

  • Collection of enhancements to Disclosure Form PDFs and CSV upload. Specifics to be noted in bi-weekly release notes.

Public Schools application

  • Changes to Public Schools DG application to expand eligibility to higher education facilities.
QUARTER 2 2024 (April, May, June)

Disclosure Form enhancements

  • Collection of enhancements to Disclosure Form PDFs and CSV upload. Specifics to be noted in bi-weekly release notes.

New Long-Term Plan

  • Changes to portal to comply with 2024 Long-Term Plan, including application fee change, new Advance of Capital questions, and collecting if project includes battery storage during Part I submission.

Legacy Portal Database Retirement

  • As of July 1st, 2024, the legacy portal database will no longer be accessible. Enhancements will be made to the current portal to make accessible any critical historical data not yet migrated, including showing legacy-generated contract documents to AVs.

Security enhancements

  • Improvements to password management requiring regular password changes to keep data safe and secure.
QUARTER 3 2024 (July, August, September)

TBA – No scheduled releases at this time

QUARTER 4 2024 (October, November, December)

TBA – No scheduled releases at this time

Portal Updates Blog

The Program Administrator will use this space to provide ongoing portal updates on releases of features and functions (newly-available and planned); issue and bug reports, investigations, and resolutions; updates on data availability and reports; changes to portal materials/documents or appearance; new technical documentation and support; and more.

April 3, 2024

Enhancements:  Help AVs fill out applications by showing AC and DC sizes from Disclosure Form: Show AC and DC system sizes from earlier application stages to help AVs fill out applications.

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March 20, 2024 

Enhancement  EOL: Expose Contract Documents to AV  AVs will now have the ability to view details of their contracts and the associated document PDFs directly from the Portal. This section

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March 5, 2024

Enhancement Disclosure Form CSVs – Portal Validation Fixes This enhancement will update the Portals CSV Disclosure Form import validations to match the latest Disclosure Form CSV templates.

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February 21, 2024

Enhancements, Features and Bug Fixes DG API – Create Disclosure Form DG Enhancement – Update Party Enums to replace Seller with Lessor for Lease Forms only The API Endpoint to

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February 7, 2024

Market Facing Enhancements, Features, and Bug Fixes DG Disclosure Form Portal Forms Bugfix: Generic Error Message prevents actionable validation errors from displayingThis enhancement applies to error messaging within the “Project

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December 22, 2023

Market Facing Enhancements, Features, and Bug Fixes Disclosure Form (DF) Enhancement: Make “Upload or Review Documents” button functional regardless of validationsSome values in older, previously submitted DFs don’t always meet

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