Results of Community-Driven Community Solar Random Selection Event,2022-2023 CDCS Project Awards, Waitlist and Next Steps

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In accordance with the Community-Driven Community Solar (CDCS) scoring guidelines, previously published in both the 2022 Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (pg. 166) and the Program Guidebook (pg. 22), the Program Administrator has scored all CDCS projects submitted during the 90-day application window concluding November 29, 2022 that are Part I processed. The scores and a full announcement regarding the scoring process were posted on the Program website on the Solar Project Categories page under the CDCS sub-section on June26, 2023. AVs were provided two weeks, until July 10, 2023, to appeal scores; the Agency received three appeals. The IPA determination on submitted appeals was finalized on July19, 2023; there were no changes to scores related to appeals and the scoring spreadsheet on the Program website reflected the final scores.

The Program outlined that following the finalization of post-appeal determination scores, the Agency would utilize a random selection process to break ties between projects that received the same scores, and on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. CPT, the Agency held the random selection reordering event via Zoom, which was open to stakeholder attendance. A recording of the event, the presentation slides, and the resulting spreadsheet detailing Group A and Group B project awards and waitlists for each group (projects receiving scores of at least 10 points), has been posted to the Community-Driven Community Solar page of the Program website Project Category Hub. Here is the link to the results spreadsheet. Approved Vendors can swap projects that were selected with projects that were not selected/waitlisted, as long as they have the same score and are the same size. Approved Vendors seeking to do so should reach out to the Program Administrator as soon as practicable as projects will be submitted to the ICC in short order.

Next Steps

Projects selected for the 2022-2023 annual blocks of capacity will be submitted to the next two ICC meetings for approval for REC contracts. 

Projects selected for the 2023-2024 waitlist will be awarded capacity for the 2023-2024 program year and will also be submitted to the next two-three ICC meetings for approval for REC contracts.

Projects that did not get selected for inclusion in the 2022-2023 Program year blocks and did not make it on to the waitlist (minimum 10 points required) can reapply to the Program during the 2023-2024 application window. If a project that was not selected is resubmitted to the new Program Year, please notify the Program Administrator to withdraw the original application. The 2023-2024 CDCS application window will remain open through August 30, 2023.  After the 2023-2024 category closes, all projects submitted will be processed and scored. Any remaining capacity available after the 2023-2024 waitlisted projects have been allocated capacity will be awarded to projects from the application pool in the order of highest to lowest score until the block is fully allocated. A minimum score of 6 points must be achieved to be eligible for a REC contract via the CDCS category. Random selection will be utilized as a tiebreaker only for equally scored projects to fill available capacity, if any. After project selection, projects that have a minimum score of 10 points will be placed on a waitlist for the 2024-2025 Program year.

Group A Community-Driven Community Solar

Group A CDCS had a Total Allocation Capacity for Program Year 2022-2023 of 10.55 MW. Following the project scoring process and random selection event, the following five projects are approved for project award, pending ICC approval:

 Project IDProject NameAV IDAV NameProject Size AC (MW)Total Points
195839Southside Community Solar, LLC2023Trajectory Solar 3, LLC222
295840Sunny Pasture Solar, LLC2023Trajectory Solar 3, LLC217
390886Havana CDCS804EnPower Solutions0.515
496553Pirolo MPP13BAP Power Corporation4.9814
596632City of Lincoln CS-2180Keystone Power Holdings, LLC3.514

Following the selection of Group A projects, a total of five additional projects submitted, which achieved project scores of at least 10, will form the initial waitlist for Group A CDCS. These projects will be awarded capacity for the 2023-2024 Program Year

Group B Community-Driven Community Solar

Group B CDCS had a Total Allocation Capacity for Program Year 2022-2023 of 24.27 MW. Following the project scoring process and random selection event, the following 26 projects are approved for project award, pending ICC approval:

 Project IDProject NameAV IDAV NameProject Size AC (MW)Total Points
195828Meadow Solar, LLC2023Trajectory Solar 3, LLC520
295834Rock Cut Solar, LLC2023Trajectory Solar 3, LLC418
396338Rockford CDCS804EnPower Solutions0.518
495835Oxeye Solar, LLC2023Trajectory Solar 3, LLC416
595836South Pasture Solar, LLC2023Trajectory Solar 3, LLC216
696405PS IL 8484 S South Chicago Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.3213
796456PS IL 5829 W Ogden Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.513
896415PS IL 7455 South Pulaski Road2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.513
996422PS IL 2351 N Harlem Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.2813
1096429PS IL 2638 N Pulaski Rd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.513
1196433PS IL 2050 Green Bay Road2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.2813
1296394PS IL 1385 E Dundee Rd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.512
1396376PS IL 8220 Skokie Blvd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.412
1496412PS IL 665 Big Timber Rd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.3611
1596378PS IL 20909 Western Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511
1696409PS IL 6990 W 79th St2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511
1796428PS IL 8550 W 83rd St2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511
1896392PS IL 990 S Milwaukee Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.211
1996396PS IL 3835 W 159th PL2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.3611
2096377PS IL Mannheim Rd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511
2196451PS IL 903 E Algonquin Rd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.4811
2296386PS IL 130 Hilcrest Blvd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511
2396457PS IL 1505 Western Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511
2496401PS IL 2901 W Touhy Ave2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.411
2596410PS IL 3902 River Rd2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.3611
2696455PS IL 5838 N Pulaski Road2038SLDIL Portfolio LLC0.511

Following the selection of Group B projects, a total of nine additional projects submitted, which achieved project scores of at least 10, will form the initial waitlist for Group B CDCS. These projects will be awarded capacity for the 2023-2024 Program Year.

Capacity to support waitlisted projects will be drawn from the Program Year 2023-2024 block capacity, which includes an initial, total capacity of 10.00 MW for Group A Community-Driven Community Solar, and 23.00 MW for Group B Community-Driven Community Solar.

The Agency and Program Administrator appreciate the participation and interest of Approved Vendors in the CDCS block of the Program, and the adherence to a thorough scoring and review process developed in accordance with the Long-Term Plan.