Community Solar in Lake Forest - COMING SOON!
What is Community Solar?
A community solar project is a single site solar installation that is shared by multiple subscribers. Community solar allows “subscribers” to receive net metering credits on their electricity bill and support the development of new renewable energy resources without needing to install any equipment on their property. Community solar projects in Illinois are defined as no larger than 2,000 kW in peak capacity per site.
How Does Community Solar Work?
Community solar projects generate electricity, and that power is delivered into the electric grid of the utility. The community solar project signs up subscribers, which can include virtually any electric customer within Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) service territory. Each subscriber receives monthly net metering credits based on the size of their subscription, how much the community solar project generates, and the subscriber’s electricity supply arrangement. Each subscription is tied to a specific community solar project.
What are the benefits of Community Solar?
It is an easy way to support clean energy generation located within Illinois. Supporting these types of projects help to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and support clean energy generation. In addition, you do not have to invest in a solar asset on your rooftop, which may not be right for everybody. You will receive a net metering credit on your monthly ComEd electric utility bill for your share of the generation created by these projects. Oak Park’s program will not have upfront costs, will not lock you into a long-term contract, and guarantees savings if the subscriber follows a few simple steps.
When Will Lake Forest's Program Start?
The City of Lake Forest will be Illinois' second available residential community solar pilot program located in the ComEd service territory. The program is expected to start in fall 2020 and will be available exclusively to Lake Forest residents through Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services. You do not have to be a current MC Squared customer to participate.
Most community solar projects in Illinois are still under development, and expected to be placed into operation in late 2020 through 2022. Community solar project developers typically seek subscribers in advance of the project’s anticipated generation start date.
Updates and details will follow. Sign up for our E-News if you are interested in the opportunity to become one of the subscribers in the Lake Forest Community Solar program. There is no obligation to participate in the program. A registration link will be made availalbe once the program official starts in Lake Forest.
Helpful Documents and Links
Solar in the Community
ComEd: The Status of Community Solar