Lake Forest, along with several other municipalities in the Chicago region, also participated in SolSmart, a national designation program recognizing communities for making it faster, easier and more cost-efficient to install and enjoy the benefits of solar energy.
Lake Forest completed the SolSmart program in May of 2019 and received a bronze designation level that recognizes the City's commitment to promote solar energy.
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North Shore Community Solar ProgramThe City of Lake Forest, along with five other north shore communities have teamed up with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to launch Illinois' largest municipally sponsored community solar program. The program, made possible by the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, will help residents and small businesses support solar development in Illinois and access guaranteed utility savings.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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. Lake Forest’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.
How do I Sign Up?
There is no cost or obligation to join the Community Solar waitlist. Once you've submitted your information, the CS2 Program Administrator - MC Squared Energy Services - will review your account for the following:
- Ensure that your account qualifies under ComEd's rules; and
- Identify the Subscription size that is right for your account
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