Concurrent with the launch of the Adjustable Block Program for project application opening, the Illinois Power Agency is updating its Distributed Generation Marketing Guidelines. The changes are as follows: References have been inserted throughout the document to the new “Illinois Shines” consumer-facing branding for the program. Additionally, the compliance pathway described at the end of the document has been updated following the finalization of the Distributed Generation Standard Disclosure Forms on December 27, 2018 and the Distributed Generation Contract Requirements on January 23, 2019. The updated document may be found here.
Section 6.13 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan states that the IPA and its Program Administrator will develop “a list of contract requirements” to be provided to Approved Vendors. Following publication of the draft contract requirements for distributed generation project installations on December 31, 2018 and subsequent stakeholder feedback, the Final Distributed Generation Contract Requirements have now been published. Further explanation of the application of these requirements is contained at Page 1 of the document.
For clarity, please note that the Final REC Contract is being developed under a separate process and will be published on January 28, 2019.
Section 6.13 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“the Plan”) states that the IPA and its Program Administrator will develop “a list of contract requirements” to be provided to Approved Vendors. A draft list of contract requirements has now been released for stakeholder comment. The Program Administrator will accept comments on the draft contract requirements by email at until January 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST.
To access and complete the disclosure forms, Approved Vendors will need to login to their account on the Illinois ABP website and click on the ‘Vendors’ tab. Once there, click #3, ‘Consumer Disclosure Forms’. Please note there are four different disclosure forms available: system purchase disclosure form, PPA disclosure form, lease disclosure form, and over 25 kW disclosure form. Please be sure to select the appropriate form type before beginning a new disclosure form. Every completed disclosure form will create a Part I project application at the time the project application portal is live with all of the information from the disclosure form already prefilled, eliminating the need for duplicate data entry. Disclosure forms must be completed through the Illinois ABP website, without exception.
Approved Vendors can designate other entities to complete disclosure forms on their behalf using the ‘Manage Approved Vendor Designees’ function. In order to add an Approved Vendor Designee to your Vendor dashboard the designee must first create an account on the Illinois ABP Website. Once they have created an account they can be added to your dashboard through #4, ‘Manage Approved Vendor Designees’.
Detailed instructions on how to complete disclosure forms can be found here.
Additionally, the DG Marketing Guidelines at Section 22 on Page 9 and on Page 11 have been updated to state that the grandfathering process applies to systems energized prior to December 27, 2018 as opposed to November 26, 2018 since the brochure and disclosure forms were not available until December 27, 2018.
The final guidelines for distributed generation marketing material and marketing behavior have been released by the IPA and the Program Administrator. The guidelines can be found here.
Stakeholder comments on the draft distributed generation marketing guidelines and disclosure forms were due on October 26, 2018. The comments can be found here and the next steps in the process will be provided soon.
A recording of the webinar and live meeting for the Approved Vendor Stakeholder process is now available. The meeting was held on Wednesday, October 10th. Click here to view a full recording of this webinar.
You can also click here to download a copy of the presentation shown during the meeting.
All of the draft documents discussed during the meeting can be found here.
The Program Administrator will accept comments on Approved Vendor registration requirements by email atuntil October 19th, 2018 at 5:00 PM CDT and on distributed generation marketing guidelines and distributed generation consumer protection disclosure forms until October 26th, 2018 at 5:00 PM CDT.
The agenda for the October 10th Approved Vendor stakeholder meeting can be found here. The stakeholder meeting will cover Approved Vendor registration requirements, draft distributed generation marketing guidelines, and draft distributed generation consumer protection disclosure forms. (Draft guidelines and forms for community solar will be released for review at a later date.)
Draft Approved Vendor requirements and distributed generation consumer protection documents to be discussed at the stakeholder meeting are posted here.
The meeting can be accessed via webinar at:
The meeting can be accessed via telephone at:
+1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8665, Meeting ID: 939 241 341.
Please contact the Program Administrator via email at email@example.com or via telephone at 877-783-1820 with questions about the meeting.
The draft Approved Vendor requirements and distributed generation consumer protection documents have been published. The Illinois Power Agency and the Adjustable Block Program Program Administrator will hold a stakeholder meeting on October 10, 2018 to discuss these documents. Click here for more information on that meeting. The Program Administrator will accept comments on Approved Vendor registration requirements by email at until October 19th, 2018 at 5:00 PM CDT and on distributed generation marketing guidelines and distributed generation consumer protection disclosure forms until October 26th, 2018 at 5:00 PM CDT.
Draft Approved Vendor Requirements: This document details the requirements for registering as an Approved Vendor for the Illinois Adjustable Block Program.
Draft Guidelines for Marketing Material and Marketing Behavior: This document provides marketing guidelines for Approved Vendors in the Adjustable Block Program. This document applies specifically to distributed generation projects and does not include additional requirements for community solar projects which will be developed in the next stakeholder process.
Draft Brochure for the Adjustable Block Program: This document is the draft text of the brochure that Approved Vendors will be required to provide to owners and hosts of distributed generation projects who participate in the Adjustable Block Program. This is the text only, the actual brochure format will be developed after the text is complete.
Draft PV System Purchase Disclosure Form: This document is a draft of the disclosure form that Approved Vendors will be required to provide to clients purchasing photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Draft PV Power Purchase Agreement Disclosure Form: This document is a draft of the disclosure form that Approved Vendors will be required to provide to their clients who host PV systems with a power purchase agreement.
Draft PV Lease Disclosure Form: This document is a draft of the disclosure form that Approved Vendors will be required to provide to their clients who lease PV systems.