Small Distributed Generation

The Small Distributed Generation category includes distributed generation projects up to and including 25 kW in size. The Small Distributed Generation category will comprise at least 20% of the Illinois Shines capacity generally.

Each project that is constructed in this category will be subject to prevailing wage requirements included in the Prevailing Wage Act except the following types of projects:

  • Residential DG projects
  • DG Projects that serve a house of worship and do not exceed 100 kW AC
  • Waitlisted (as of December 14, 2021) non-residential Large DG projects
In addition, construction activities for all other distributed generation projects that occurred before September 15, 2021, will not be subject to prevailing wage requirements. For distributed generation and community solar projects that do not fall into one of the above exempted categories, construction activities including maintenance, that occur after September 15, 2021 will be subject to prevailing wage requirements
Approved Vendors for community solar projects are subject to additional responsibilities beyond those required for distributed generation projects in the Program. The responsibilities include detailed reporting on subscribers for the project and subscriber types. Information on responsibilities for community solar projects can be found in the 2022 Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (Section 7.4.2), Program Guidebook, and the Consumer Protection Handbook.
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