Illinois Solar for All

Incentives for Affordable and Accessible Solar Energy in our Communities
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What is Illinois Solar for All?

 

Illinois Solar for All provides greater access to the clean energy economy for income-qualified and environmental justice communities across Illinois.

Through incentives, Illinois Solar For All makes solar installations and access to community solar more affordable, and results in measurable savings for participants.

North River Commission has partnered with Illinois Solar for All inform residents about this program, and to help guide them through the process. For more information about Illinois Solar for All, visit www.IllinoisSFA.com

Illinois Solar for All Process

Check Eligibility Requirements

Illinois Solar for All incentives are available for households with an income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), or buildings where a majority of tenants are within that income level.

See the chart below for AMI information for Chicago residents. If your household is within the range in the table below, you can participate in Illinois Solar for All.

Contact NRC for a Consultation

Speak with an NRC staff members about solar energy basics, including distributed generation, community solar.

Learn more about the process, and find Approved Vendors that are active in our area.

Contact Approved Vendors

Approved ILSFA solar energy vendors can assess your home's solar potential and solar readiness. As with any home project, we recommend getting multiple quotes whenever possible.

 

Select a Vendor and work with NRC for Support

NRC staff are available throughout the process to help you understand offers from vendors, answer any questions, and provide connections to other resources that will help you to access solar energy through Illinois Solar for All.

Illinois Solar for All: Income Eligibility for Chicago Residents
Maximum Household Income $44,250 $50,600 $56,900 $63,200 $68,300 $73,350 $78,400 $83,450

Illinois Solar for All provides incentives for income-eligible residents to get solar installations at their home. ILSFA provides incentives for solar installations on any residential property that serves households earning up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI).

Chicago residents’ AMI is calculated for the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL HUD Metro FMR Area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties)

Are you eligible for this program based on the criteria above? If so, contact us below!

Illinois Solar for All Programs
  1. Residential Distributed Generation
    • Installation of a solar energy system at a home or multi-family building.
    • Residents work with pre-approved ILSFA solar energy vendors to analyze your home or building's solar energy potential, consider options, and arrange a contract for a purchase, lease, or purchase-power agreement.
    • No upfront costs to participants through Illinois Solar for All, and guaranteed savings on your monthly energy bill.
    • Residents benefit through net-metering.
  2. Community Solar
    • Residents purchase a portion of the electricity produced by a community solar project—a large, centralized solar project for which you “subscribe” to a share of its output - and receive credits on their electric bill.
    • Community solar installations are built within the region, in the case of Chicago, within the ComEd service region.
    • No upfront costs to participants through Illinois Solar for All, and guaranteed savings on your monthly energy bill.
  3. Nonprofit and Public Buildings
    • NOTE: The 2020-2021 funding for this program is no longer available. Applications for this program are likely to be accepted again in July 2021.
    • Installation of a solar energy system at a public building or building that houses a nonprofit that performs a critical community service.
    • Property owners work with pre-approved ILSFA solar energy vendors to analyze a building's solar energy potential, consider options, and arrange a contract for a purchase, lease, or purchase-power agreement.
    • No upfront costs to participants through Illinois Solar for All, and guaranteed savings on your monthly energy bill.
    • Property owners benefit from net-metering.
  4. Job Training in the Solar Industry
    • Opportunities are available for training and apprenticeships in the clean energy industries.
    • Approved Vendors in Illinois Solar for All must give priority to hiring graduates of Qualified Job Training Programs or Other Qualifying Programs.
    • A directory of all approved job training programs is on this webpage https://www.illinoissfa.com/job-training/
My Home's Solar Potential

Project Sunroof

Check the solar energy potential for your home with Google's Project Sunroof, a free tool.

https://www.google.com/get/sunroof

More Information - ILSFA Program Factsheets

Solar 101 | (Spanish) | (English)

ILSFA Program Basics | (Spanish) | (English)

Solar Readiness | (Spanish) | (English)

Community Solar | (Spanish) | (English)

Job Training | (Spanish) | (English)

Other Solar and Home Energy Programs

Home Energy Efficiency

ComEd Home Energy Efficiency Programs

  • Free home energy assessments with free and discounted energy-saving products and personalized energy efficiency recommendations.
  • Rebates on select appliances, smart thermostats and qualifying high-efficiency equipment and services. Get instant in-store discounts on LEDs and select home products.
  • Energy-saving offerings specially designed for income eligible customers to easily improve home and building energy efficiency.

People's Gas Rebates and Programs

  • Free energy assessment and installation of free energy-saving products.
  • Home Energy Jumpstart - energy-saving products installed in your home for free.
  • Multifamily Program - energy-saving products installed in your multi-family building for free. Also receive a free property assessment identifying additional areas for natural gas savings and rebates.
  • Energy-saving offerings specially designed for income eligible customers to easily improve home and building energy efficiency.

Illinois Shines

Not eligible for ILSFA, but still interested in solar?

Illinois Shines is the brand name for the Adjustable Block Program—a state-administered incentive program supporting the development of new solar energy generation in Illinois. Unlike Illinois Solar for All, Illinois Shines is open to anyone regardless of household income.

More at - www.illinoisshines.com

You may participate in Illinois Shines in one of two ways:

  • You may host a new solar photovoltaic system on your rooftop or on your property, directly offsetting your energy usage; or
  • You may participate as a subscriber to a community solar project—a large, centralized solar project for which you “subscribe” to a share of its output.

Utility Bill Assistance

  • Utility bill assistance, gas, delivered fuel, electric, and furnace repair and/or replacement services for income eligible households, is managed by Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA)
  • The available programs include, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Furnace, ComEd Residential Special Hardship, and Peoples Gas Share the Warmth grants.
  • Programs are designed to assist income eligible households with energy costs by making a payment directly to the utility company(s) on behalf of the households or providing cash assistance.
  • Review income guidelines application dates, and what documents you need to apply here.
  • Apply through a local organization. Find a site near you using the Site Locator
  • In Albany Park, the HANA Center is a local partner for LIHEAP and other community assistance.
    • HANA Center - (773) 583-5501
  • For more information about LIHEAP and other assistance programs, call the CEDA Hotline at 800-571-2332 or visit https://www.cedaorg.net/find-services/