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Request for Comments on FAQs on Switching Approved Vendors

The Adjustable Block Program has received inquiries about how two related problems would be handled: (A) whether and how an applicant project with a pending Part I application (including an application included on any applicable Group/category waitlist) could switch its Approved Vendor; and (B) how the Program should handle a situation in which two Approved Vendors each submit a Part I application for the same photovoltaic project.

Rather than simply publishing a policy governing these situations, the Program seeks feedback on its proposed approach. Below are, first, the Illinois Power Agency’s proposed treatment of these situations, and a second document containing the Agency’s rationale underlying its proposed approach.  Please review both documents and provide your comments to admin@illinoisabp.com by Monday, October 7th at 5:00 PM CDT.

Disciplinary Actions Report

The Program Administrator has created a new public report of disciplinary actions involving Approved Vendors/Designees that have been found to have violated Program guidelines. This public report has been developed in the interests of fairness, transparency, and awareness to help ensure that all Approved Vendors/Designees are aware of disciplinary decisions, and thus do not unknowingly partner with Approved Vendors/Designees that are suspended from the Program. The report is also designed to provide information to potential project hosts, installers, and other interested parties.
The report will include the following information regarding each disciplinary decision:
  • Approved Vendor/Designee Name
  • Approved Vendor or Designee?
  • Reason for Suspension
  • Suspension Status
  • Date of Suspension Decision and Effective Start Date of Suspension
  • Date Suspension Concludes
  • Length of Suspension
  • Appeal Submitted?
  • Date of Appeal Receipt
  • Status of Appeal
  • Appeal Determination
  • Date of Appeal Determination
  • Other Information
This report will be updated on a weekly basis to ensure that the information is up to date and serves as a reliable resource. It is the responsibility of Approved Vendors/Designees to remain informed of this information as the Program Administrator will not send out specific communications each time that an addition or other change is made to the report. For violations or disciplinary decisions that are egregious and outside the norm, or when other circumstances warrant it, the Program Administrator may provide extra communication to Approved Vendors regarding the decision. Please contact the Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or  (877) 783-1820 with any questions on this process.

Disclosure Form API

The Program Administrator has been developing an API (Application Program Interface) upload feature for disclosure forms (community solar, DG purchase, DG PPA, DG lease, and DG over 25kW) that is now ready for testing. Any Approved Vendor or designee that’s interested may participate in a beta test of this feature on the Program Administrator’s development server. Please note that this requires programming resources on the Approved Vendor’s/designee’s side.  Any Approved Vendor or designee that’s interested in participating in this beta testing should request access by contacting admin@illinoisabp.com, and more information on how to gain access will be provided.

A further announcement will be made when the disclosure form API feature is added to the live ABP portal. Beta test participants will not obtain any advance access to these features on the live site.

New FAQs Posted

The Program Administrator has developed three new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The new FAQs and associated answers can be found here and address (i) REC payment schedules; (ii) clarification of how the utility interconnection queues and ABP waitlist interact; and (iii) explanation on language that is permitted for marketing materials. The new FAQs are listed below with their corresponding section headings within the broader FAQ webpage.

REC Contract

When will payment be issued for my RECs?

Program Application

Does my project have to stay in the utility interconnection queue to remain on the ABP waitlist?

Approved Vendors

Can I tell customers that solar will eliminate their utility bill?