Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Adjustable Block Program – Temporary Closure of SRECTrade Application

Posted May 23rd, 2022 by SRECTrade.

On May 16, 2022, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) announced that subject to available capacity, currently open Small and Large Distributed Generation blocks will remain open until July 1, 2022. The Adjustable Block Program will then pause its acceptance of applications. 

The Program Administrators will start accepting Part I applications on September 1st, and Part II applications by November 1st. Please note that the Part II application may reopen sooner than November if feasible. 

You can find more information on the IPA’s decision here. Most notably, the Long-Term Plan is expected to be approved on July 14, 2022, and all applications submitted to the Program on or after September 1, 2022 will be subject to new or revised Program requirements outlined in the Long-Term Plan. 

As a result of the Adjustable Block Program closing its application, SRECTrade has made the decision to temporarily shut down its own application on June 15, 2022, at 5 PM CT. SRECTrade cannot guarantee submission of applications to Part I or Part II prior to the Program’s July 1st close. 

The closure of SRECTrade’s application will allow for SRECTrade to properly incorporate any required changes that arise with the passage of the Long-Term Plan. SRECTrade will announce the reopening date of its application once the changes have been confirmed and updates have been implemented. 

SRECTrade believes that the closure of its application is the most efficient path to application submissions. The temporary closure will mitigate the need to retroactively collect information for applications that is not currently required but will become required after the passage of the Long-Term Plan. 

Adjustable Block Program – Group A Large Distributed Generation (DG) Block 5 Closed

Posted March 30th, 2022 by SRECTrade.

Group A Large DG Block 5 closed on March 29, 2022 at 11:59 PM CT. Any Group A Large DG applications that were Part I submitted and batched prior to the closure were placed in Block 5. 

Group A Large DG applications Part I submitted and batched will now be added to the waitlist. Applications can be selected off of the waitlist as other applications withdraw and open capacity.

The addition of future blocks is dependent on the passage of the 2022 Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.

Adjustable Block Program – Opening of SRECTrade’s Application for Energized Projects – Demographic and Geographic Data Now Required 

Posted March 16th, 2022 by SRECTrade.

On February 16, 2022, the Adjustable Block Program (ABP) issued an announcement stating that Demographic and Geographic Data will now be collected via the Part II application.

On February 25, 2022, SRECTrade made the announcement that its ABP application would be temporarily closed to energized projects to allow the appropriate changes to be made to our application so that it could collect the new Demographic and Geographic Data requirements. 

SRECTrade’s application has now been updated, and is open to energized and non-energized applications. 

The application requires the Demographic and Geographic Data for energized systems that are interconnected after September 15th, 2021.  

Adjustable Block Program – Opening of SRECTrade’s Application for Non-energized Projects

Posted February 25th, 2022 by SRECTrade.

On February 23rd, SRECTrade made the announcement that it would be temporarily closing its website to all ABP (Adjustable Block Program) submissions so that the appropriate changes can be made regarding the newly enacted demographic and geographic data requirements for Part II of the ABP application.

In hopes of mitigating the delay of Part I applications, effective immediately, SRECTrade’s application portal will allow applications to be submitted for non-energized projects until further notice. An update will be released regarding the reopening of SRECTrade’s application portal for energized projects in the near future.

Adjustable Block Program – Collection of Demographic and Geographic Data Now Required

Posted February 23rd, 2022 by SRECTrade.

On February 16, 2022, the Adjustable Block Program (ABP) issued an announcement stating that Demographic and Geographic data will now be collected via the Part II application.

Per the announcement, “The Part II application will ask Approved Vendors to provide the aggregate hours worked by employees and/or subcontractors in construction and installation of the project by 1) race, 2) ethnicity, 3) residential ZIP code of the worker, and 4) status as a graduate of a qualifying job training program.”

As a result, Part II submission of applications may be delayed as we work with our partners to collect this necessary information.

Projects exempt from needing to report this information include projects that were approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission prior to September 15, 2021 (the enactment of Public Act 102-0662), and/or projects for which construction was completed on or before September 15, 2021.

Lastly, SRECTrade is temporarily closing its website to all ABP submissions so that we can make the necessary changes to our application and allow for this data to be collected upfront.

Illinois ABP Approved Vendor Designee Registration

Posted October 28th, 2020 by SRECTrade.

Pursuant to Section 6.9.1 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) Approved Vendor Designees are now required to register in a new portal with the Approved Vendors with which they are partnered. This new requirement was established to help increase transparency for consumers, since they will now be able to verify the legitimacy and affiliations of an entity contacting them by reviewing the public-facing Designee database on both the ABP and Illinois Shines websites.

On Monday, October 26th, the Designee Registration Portal opened. On Friday, October 23rd, the ABP Administrator hosted a webinar to review the portal and onboarding process. SRECTrade encourages all stakeholders to review this informative resource regarding the process. For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a recording of the webinar, please click HERE.

Importantly, new Designees must register in the portal prior to working with any Approved Vendor. Existing Designees must register by Thursday, December 10, 2020 to remain in compliance with ABP requirements (45 calendar days from the October 26, 2020 release of the Designee Registration functionality). Once registered, Designees should indicate all applicable roles from the following list in the portal:

  • Disclosure Form Designee – An entity that is permitted to generate Disclosure Forms on behalf of an Approved Vendor.
  • Community Solar Subscriber Agent Designee – An entity that is permitted to manage the community solar subscription information for an Approved Vendor’s community solar projects.
  • Marketing or Sales Designee – An entity that is designated to act as a marketing agent and/or customer acquisition agent on behalf of an Approved Vendor or Designee. This includes, among others, entities that engage in solicitations through any channel (in-person, telephone, etc.), as well as entities that perform online lead generation services.
  • Installer Designee – An entity that has been designated to install systems on behalf of an Approved Vendor or Designee.

October 28, 2020 Edit: To view FAQs following the October 23rd webinar and the ABP Administrator’s responses, please click HERE.

Current and interested SRECTrade Designees can email installers@srectrade.com with questions about this new requirement and onboarding process.

IL ABP Marketing Guidelines Training – Webinar

Posted April 9th, 2019 by SRECTrade.

Earlier today, SRECTrade hosted a training webinar for its Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) partners. Among other topics, the webinar reviewed the ABP’s Distributed Generation (DG) Final Guidelines for Marketing Material and Marketing Behavior. SRECTrade requires its partners to review the Final Marketing Guidelines in full to ensure that they are compliant with ABP consumer protection requirements. There is a separate set of guidelines that govern ABP community solar facilities.

For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a video recording of the webinar, please click the image below.

Illinois Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Allocation

Posted April 5th, 2019 by SRECTrade.

April 17, 2019 Update: On April 16, 2019 the ABP Administrator published the final Block 4 REC Pricing, confirming the indicative Block 4 REC Pricing displayed in the table below. Please note that a typo was made in the original indicative table of $69.93 for Group A Large 10-25 kW, which should actually be $69.63. This typo has been corrected in the table below.

On Wednesday, April 3rd, the Adjustable Block Program (ABP) Administrator announced the Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Allocation. Notably, the 166.5 MW AC of discretionary capacity was allocated between the six Block Categories according to the table below:

Combining the discretionary capacity allocation (Block 4) with the initial opening volumes in Blocks 1-3 results in the following final block volumes (MW AC):

All ABP applications qualifying under discretionary capacity will receive Block 4 pricing, which is 4% lower than Block 3 pricing. Indicative Block 4 pricing is displayed in the table below:

As of the Program Administrator’s Current Status of Illinois Adjustable Block Program Blocks update on April 4, 2019, there are 129.608 MW AC of applications accounted for in the Group A Large Block Category. The addition of the Group A Large discretionary capacity indicates that all Group A Large applications submitted by the February 13th deadline and approved by the Program Administrator will receive at least Block 4 pricing, even if they are not selected in the Block 1 Lottery. There are also still 11+ MW AC of Group A Large capacity available at Block 4 pricing for new applications.

As of the April 4th capacity update, there are also 123.562 MW AC of applications accounted for in the Group B Large Block Category, indicating that there are still 26+ MW AC of Group B Large capacity available at Block 4 pricing.

SRECTrade is currently accepting facility applications for all Small and Large Block Categories at the following indicative pricing:

  • Group A Small – Block 1
  • Group A Large – Block 4
  • Group B Small – Block 1
  • Group B Large – Block 2

For more information on the rationale behind the discretionary capacity allocation, please view the Allocation of Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Rationale document. SRECTrade will continue to provide updates on ABP developments and will also closely monitor the results of the April 10th Block 1 Lottery.

IL Adjustable Block Program Application Training – Webinar

Posted December 13th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

Earlier today, SRECTrade hosted an application training webinar for the upcoming Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP).

SRECTrade’s ABP application window is now open. Applications are required to be submitted by an SRECTrade Approved Referrer. If you are interested in applying to be an SRECTrade Approved Referrer, please email installers@srectrade.com.

For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a video recording of the webinar, please click the image below.

IL Adjustable Block Program Application Training Webinar

Posted December 5th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

SRECTrade, Inc. will be hosting a webinar to review the SRECTrade application and onboarding process for the upcoming Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) on Thursday, December 13th, at 10:00am CST.

To register for the webinar, please click HERE.

SRECTrade is also targeting December 13th as the opening of its ABP application window.

Please note that a webinar recording will be made available on the SRECTrade Blog after the webinar.