Supplemental FAQ

Metering Requirements The IPA requires a minimum standard of meter accuracy for systems participating in the Supplemental Procurement. Under 10kW May use inverter readings if the inverter is accurate to +/- 5% 10-25kW Need to use a revenue grade meter which is defined as accurate to +/-2% that meets ANSI C.12 standards. The meter may be refurbished. Over 25kW Need to use a new revenue grade meter which is defined as accurate to +/-2% that meets ANSI C.12 standards. For more information please visit: IPA Meter Requirements How to register a system System Owners Please follow this link and fill out the form on our website. We will use your information to generate a contract for you. As soon as we have a signed contract back from you we will begin registering your system with a tracking system and the IPA. Installers Installers may use this link on our website to register systems on behalf of system owners. Alternatively they may use a shared spreadsheet that has been generated and sent over. If you would like CSG to send over a spreadsheet to register your systems please contact us and we will have one right over. How is pricing determined? The prices in the Supplemental Procurement are set during a blind bidding process. The IPA has set “benchmark” or price ceilings for each size category. Any bid above these prices will be automatically rejected. After these bids are rejected they select bids from lowest price to highest price until they have hit their target for quantity of RECS or run out of money. CSG has participated in many SREC...

Installer Partnership Process

How do Installers partner with CSG to participate in the supplemental procurement? Our goal at CSG is to make this complicated Illinois Procurement process as simple as possible for solar installers and their customers.  We accomplish this by handling all of the contracting, bidding, invoicing, bond processing, system identification and other interactions with the IPA.  We also work directly with your customers to minimize the installers time requirement.   New installers please contact us to get set up with us for the procurement process.   Below are the basic steps: Step 1:  Signed referral contract with CSG Step 2:  CSG sends installer LOI and additional material to sign up identified systems. Step 3: CSG and Installer identify options for identified systems Step 4: Installer and CSG work together to determine the price and quantity of forecasted RECS to enter for them into the bid. Step 5: CSG enters identified and forecasted systems into the bids to the IPA. Step 6: CSG notifies installer of all winning bids. Step 7: CSG sends contracts to identified and forecasted systems. Step 8: Installer uploads system info to forecasted systems to CSG as they are found. Step 9: CSG registers energized systems and begins generating SRECs for clients and transferring them to IPA Step 10: On a quarterly basis CSG Invoices IPA, receives payment from IPA and distributes SREC payments to Clients   Click here for more info on the supplemental procurement. If you have any questions on this or on any other procurements please let us...

Supplemental Procurement Round 3

Click Here to Register Your System The third and possibly final round the the Supplemental Procurement is approaching quickly.  This will be the largest round of the Supplemental Procurement with $15 Million dollars budgeted toward  this procurement.  The rules and procedure of this procurement will be essentially identical to the first two rounds of the procurement. This procurement event will again have bid categories based on project size.  There will be either two or three size categories in this procurement.  The goal of the procurement is to purchase 50% of the RECS bought from systems under 25kW and 50% of the RECS from systems from 25kW to 2MW.  This larger category might then be split further into a 25-500kW category and a 500kW-2MW category.  This distinction will be made by February 12th at the latest. For systems in the under 25kW category, this procurement allows for two types of bids: 1. “Identified Systems”  must be identified via a signed letter of intent or a contract. All systems over 25kW must be identified via a letter of intent by March 8th to participate in this event. “Forecasted Systems” are bid in as a SREC quantity with no specific systems attached to them.  Winning speculative bidders have 6 months to identify systems via  contract that will generate the SRECs.  Forecasted bids can only be for the “under 25kW” category. The IPA will purchase SRECs from identified and forecasted systems for 5 years at a fixed price. In order to be eligible for this procurement systems either must have been already energized, or will be energized after January 21st, 2015.  All identified...

2016 Utility Solar Procurement

Click Here to get Started The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) will be running a Utility Solar Procurement just as in 2015.  This procurement is especially targeting utility scale solar projects, although it allows any size solar system to participate.  This procurement will be administered by the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) on behalf of Comed, Ameren, and Mid-American. The procurement will be accepting offers from bidders for SRECs in two different geographical categories.  The first category is for production from projects located in the state of Illinois or an adjoining state (Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, or Michigan).  The second category is all other states in the US.  The IPA will show a preference toward Illinois and adjoining states during their selection process which will likely reward in these SRECS winning at higher prices. We are still waiting on the timeline and rules to be released for the 2016 procurement, but we hope to have many more details on these shortly.  If you are interested in more information here is a link to the IPA’s 2016 Procurement Plan which has some details on their targets for the 2016 Utility Procurement.  Also, you can look at the 2015 Rules Document for an idea of what the structure will be like this year. More on this coming soon. Click Here to get...

Illinois Supplemental Procurement Round 2

Summary of the 2nd Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Under the IPA (Illinois Power Agency) Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan , the IPA will purchase up to $30,000,000 of solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) from new photovoltaic systems through contracts of five years in length in accordance with Section 1-56(i) of the IPA Act. This is the 2nd of 3 and potentially 4 procurement events that has been planned by the IPA. This procurement has a budget of $10,000,000 dollars to purchase SRECs from new solar systems under 2MW. This procurement allows for two types bids: there are “Identified Systems” which must be identified via a signed letter of intent or a contract, and there are “Speculative Systems” which are bid in as a SREC quantity with no specific systems attached to them.  Winning speculative bidders have 6 months to identify systems via a contract that will generate the SRECs.  Only systems under 25kW may be bid in speculatively.  All systems over 25kW must be identified via a letter of intent by October 23rd to participate in this event. The IPA will purchase SRECs from identified and speculative systems for 5 years at a fixed price. In order to be eligible for this procurement systems must have been, will be energized after January 21st, 2015.  All identified systems must be energized within 12 months of the November 12th bid deadline.  Forecasted systems must be identified via a letter of intent or contract within 6 months of the of the bid date and energized within 1 year of the signing of the letter of intent. The energized date marks the beginning of the...

DG Procurement FAQ

Where do I need to sign the contract? All the parts in the contract that need you to fill something in are highlighted yellow. We need you to select what payment type you would like on page 2.  We need a signatures on pages 20, 21, 24, and 25.  On page 27 please enter the payment information for your system. If your system your system is located on a property that is not owned by the system owner we will also need the host agreement on page 28 filled out and signed by the host. Is there an easy way to sign this contract? E-signatures and an e-mailed contract are absolutely fine to submit for this procurement. Both Docusign and Dochub offer free PDF signing. How to I give access to view my inverter data? Please see instructions on Enphase website for more info. What is a schedule A? A Schedule A gives CSG the right to register your system with PJM GATS and generate RECS on your behalf. This document is necessary for getting your system generating RECS for this procurement. Do I need a Host agreement? Only systems located somewhere that is owned by an entity that is different than the system owner need a host agreement. The host agreement is required by the IPA to establish that the system has permission from the host site. Why do I need a revenue Grade Meter? The Illinois Power Agency wrote meter requirements to comply with the system characteristics that are required by Illinois law to participate in this procurement. See: IPA Meter Requirements for more info. What is...

Illinois Distributed Generation Procurement

Click here to get started! Illinois Distributed Generation Procurement for Solar System Owners   In September 2015, the State of Illinois will offer an incentive to existing Illinois renewable energy distributed generation (DG) producers (systems <2,000kW) through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). This program is administered as part of the Regular Procurement hosted by the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) and is funded through utility dollars collected for this purpose.   Summary of the Distributed Generation Procurement   The IPA runs procurements to purchase power as well as RECs for the state’s investor owned utilities. The purchase of RECs is required to meet the renewable energy targets in the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard. The IPA is hosting a procurement this September to purchase RECs from solar installations in Illinois, as well as from other eligible renewable energy technologies.  The procurement will purchase RECs from system owners for 5 years.  During this time system owners with winning bids must sell all of their RECs into this procurement. Systems will be categorized by energy type and system size; <25kW and those >25kW up to 2,000kW.  The systems must be located in Illinois, both new and existing solar energy systems qualify.  The utilities will purchase all RECs generated by winning systems between June 2015 and May 2020.  The date that your system starts generating RECs is the date that the system was energized AND registered with a tracking system, not the date the system was turned on.  CSG will register your system with a tracking system as part of their services.   What is a REC?    A Renewable Energy Certificate...