A community solar project is a single site solar installation that is shared by multiple subscribers.
Community solar allows “subscribers” to receive net metering credits on their electricity bill and support the development of
new renewable energy resources without needing to install any equipment on their property. Community solar projects in
Illinois are defined as no larger than 2,000 kW in peak capacity per site.
FEJA refers to legislation passed in 2016. FEJA made many changes to how energy policy works in Illinois, including enabling community solar.
FEJA also includes new state administered programs called the Adjustable Block Program and
Solar for All which help to support community solar
development, however community solar projects are not obligated to participate in these state programs.
Community solar projects generate electricity, and that power is delivered into the electric grid of the utility.
The community solar project signs up subscribers, which can include virtually any electric customer within Commonwealth Edison’s
(ComEd) service territory. Each subscriber receives monthly net metering credits based on the size of their subscription, how
much the community solar project generates, and the subscriber’s electricity supply arrangement. Each subscription is tied to a specific community solar project.
It is an easy way to support clean energy generation located within Illinois. Supporting these types of projects help to reduce the
dependence on fossil fuels and support clean energy generation. In addition, you do not have to invest in a solar asset on your
rooftop, which may not be right for everybody. You will receive a net metering credit on your monthly ComEd electric utility bill for
your share of the generation created by these projects. Oak Park’s program will not have upfront costs, will not lock you into a
long-term contract, and guarantees savings if the subscriber follows a few simple steps.
Most community solar projects in Illinois are still under development, and expected to be placed into operation in late 2020 through 2022.
Community solar project developers typically seek subscribers in advance of the project’s anticipated generation start date.
The Village of Oak Park is Illinois’ first available residential community solar pilot program located in the ComEd service territory.
The program is expected to start mid-year and will be available exclusively to Oak Park residents through Oak Park’s current municipal electricity
aggregation program provider, Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services. You do not have to be a current MC Squared customer to participate.
Updates and details will follow. Sign up if you are
interested in the opportunity to become one of the subscribers in the Oak Park Community Solar Pilot program. There is no obligation to
participate in the project. This is a sign-up sheet to be notified when the enrollment opportunity for subscriptions is available.
This initial community solar project for the Oak Park Pilot Program will have capacity for a limited number of initial subscriptions
(approximately 200 +/- residents). After the first community solar project is fully subscribed, a waitlist will be maintained.
It is anticipated that there will be additional community solar projects developed in late 2020, and throughout 2021. Oak Park residents
on the waitlist will be contacted as new community solar subscription opportunities become available.