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Response to Comments – Coordinates Inclusion in Part I Application

The Adjustable Block Program Administrator would like to thank all stakeholders that provided comments on the recent request for comments about the introduction of new fields for latitude and longitude in the Program’s Part I application.

Five stakeholders submitted comments and the comments did not offer a consensus opinion. The Illinois Power Agency has decided to continue to provide the coordinates fields as an optional field during the Part I Application but strongly encourage the use of this field for projects with rural addresses. This approach will help ensure that the Program Administrator can more easily verify the location of a rural project, thus ensuring swifter review of applications without further burdening the majority of projects applying to the Program.

Projects that do opt to utilize this field in the Part I application should format the coordinates in degrees and decimals of a degree out to 6 decimal places (e.g. 41.881856, -87.631222). This format is easily identified through Google Maps.

If you are unsure of how to identify the coordinates for a project’s location, Google Maps provides this information readily. Right-clicking on the map and selecting “What’s here?” will display the coordinates at the bottom of the screen.

Approved Vendors that submit a significant number of project applications with addresses that are difficult to map and do not include latitude and longitude coordinates for their projects may be asked by the Program Administrator to use the coordinates fields for all future projects.

Program Reply to Responses Received Through Request for Comments on FAQs on Switching Approved Vendors

The Program Administrator would like to thank all stakeholders that provided comments on the ABP’s recent request for comments 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 sought feedback on its proposed approach. Just three stakeholders submitted comments throughout the comment period and only one of these comments presented information beyond agreeing with the proposed approach. Due to the limited amount of feedback received, the Agency has made minimal edits to the final versions of the proposed approach and the FAQs.  Comments received on the proposed approach, the finalized approach, and the finalized FAQs can be found here.

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.