This week, we were thrilled to announce the official launch of the Illinois Solar for All (ILSFA) program, which was created under the landmark 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act to make the benefits and services of the clean energy economy more accessible to all. The program was developed by the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) and is administered by Elevate Energy.
ILSFA increases participation in solar energy projects serving low-income and environmental justice communities. The program promotes equitable access to the solar economy, including the jobs and environmental benefits it creates, in both urban and rural Illinois communities.
“Illinois is experiencing a solar boom, and the Illinois Solar for All program helps to ensure the broad reach of that boom. To do so, the program has been developed through an extensive process of involving and engaging stakeholders, including representatives from environmental justice and low-income communities, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations, and the solar industry,” said IPA Director Anthony Star.
ILSFA is now accepting project submissions from Approved Vendors. Approved Vendors are entities that have successfully completed the application process to ensure that they comply with the program’s goals and objectives.
Incentives for ILSFA projects help make solar installations more affordable and result in measurable savings for participants. The program is available for residential properties, facilities that house non-profits and public agencies, and community solar projects serving low-income customers. With ILSFA, participants will see no upfront costs and any ongoing costs and fees will not exceed 50% of the value of the energy generated from that solar system. The program also funds grassroots organizations so that they can educate possible participants about the benefits of solar and help connect job trainees with projects.
“We are honored to support the IPA’s Illinois Solar for All program,” said Elevate Energy’s CEO Anne Evens. “We look forward to working with our implementation, vendor, and grassroots partners to help provide real benefits to families and communities across the state as Illinois moves towards a clean energy economy that benefits everyone.”
At this time, vendors are encouraged to submit project applications. To learn more, visit the ILSFA website at www.IllinoisSFA.com or call 1-888-970-ISFA (4732).