Fees, Bonding, and Extensions

Fees and Bonding There will be an administration fee collected by the program administrator of $10/kW (AC). For example, a 10 kW AC would have a fee of $100. This fee is capped at $5,000 per system, so a 2 MW AC system would have a fee of $5,000. This is non-refundable, but will be transferable to the next block if the system doesn’t make it into the first block. There will be a 5% collateral requirement for all systems, how this collateral is held varies based on whether or not the system is energized, or not. Systems will be required to post collateral within 30 days of winning a contract in the program. An energized system will be able to withhold the 5% collateral from their SREC payments, or pay the collateral via cash or letter of credit if they prefer. A system that is not energized will only be able to pay the 5% collateral as a letter of credit, or cash. The system must be built within 12 months, else the system will lose its collateral (notwithstanding any extensions) Extensions Indefinite extension granted if the system is electrically complete but not approved to interconnect. Must submit application to interconnect within 30 days of electric completion. 6-month extension granted if there are legal or permitting delays. 6-month extension granted for $25/kW refundable fee. System Information Requirements Based on whether the system is being submitted as Energized or Pre-Energized System information requirements vary. Remember, submitting the system as energized and providing full information and documentation would allow the system to put up the 5% collateral from SREC payments....

Marketing Materials

Marketing Materials Guidance: Each installer will need to submit at least one marketing material to Approved Vendor (CSG) CSG will submit the materials to the IPA If IPA requests any changes to the marketing materials they must be made by the installer before they are used Marketing materials should be submitted via e-mail to SREC@carbonsolutionsgroup.com Installers who are consistently out of compliance with their marketing materials may be prohibited from participating in the...

Energized System Requirements

Energized Systems Submitting a system as energized allows the 5% collateral held by the utility to be withheld from SREC payments, as opposed to posting the 5% in cash or via a letter of credit. Energized systems will require: All Pre-installation and Post-installation Information All Pre-installation and Post-installation Documentation Signed Standard Disclosure Forms PJM-EIS GATS Registration CSG will register each energized system on GATS once requisite information and a signed Schedule A have been received. Energized systems must generate at least 1 SREC within the first 90 days of the contract if the system is greater than 5 kW AC. If less than or equal to 5 kW AC, then the system has 180 days to deliver its first...

How To Register a System for the ABP

How to Submit a System into the Adjustable Block Program Systems can be submitted to CSG through the Portal found here. To receive a Portal invitation, please email SREC@CarbonSolutionsGroup.com Systems will require Standard Disclosure Forms for more information, please view our blog post here, These can be obtained in several ways: By creating an account at the ABP Program Website, and becoming a designee by letting SREC@CarbonSolutionsGroup.com know the email used for your account. Alternatively you may enter the Standard Disclosure Information into the CSG Portal and CSG will generate and send these to your clients for signature. Finally, you may request a Shared Google Sheet or Excel sheet from CSG with all of the required information, fill it out and send back to CSG so we can generate and send the forms for signature. Each Application will require system information and supporting documents. To see a full list of required information, please view our blog post here. This can be entered into the CSG Portal. For a Shared Spreadsheet to be used, it must be up to date with the ABP informational requirements. To see a full list of required documentation, please view our blog post here. This information can only be uploaded to the CSG Portal. This allows for a high-level of document tracking and organization. All energized systems will require a Schedule A signed by the system owner. You can view a blank copy here. This will grant Carbon Solutions Group the right to register the system with PJM-EIS GATS. Once CSG has all of the required information and documentation, CSG will generate an E-Signable contract...

Required Information for the Adjustable Block Program

System Information Requirements Below are two lists of information, the first list (also known as Pre-Installation information) contains information required for all systems being submitted into the Adjustable Block Program (ABP). The second list (also known as Post-Installation information) contains information only for systems being submitted into the ABP as Interconnected. Please note, the lists below are not inclusive of information required to generate the Standard Disclosure Form. The Standard Disclosure Form is required for all systems being submitted into the ABP. For a full list of Standard Disclosure Informational Requirements, and methods for how to generate them, please see this blog post: Standard Disclosure Form Explanation   Each application for the ABP will require the following information (Pre-Installation Information): Project location and property owner Project Owner (if different than property owner) Installer name & contact information Name of Utility for which the system is interconnected Project Type (Residential, Non-residential, Government, Non-Profit, Community Solar Financing Structure (Customer-owned, lease, or PPA) (Not asked for community solar) Project Cost (inclusive of material cost, labor cost, permitting cost, other costs) Technical Project Information Ground or Roof Mount? Number of tracking axes (fixed tilt or tracking?) Modules: make, model & manufacturer of modules Inverter: Size, make, model, manufacturer, efficiency Does this project have a battery-backup? Meter: make, model, manufacturer. Does the meter meet the ANSI C.12 standard if required by the applicable registry? Array information (# modules, module power rating, tilt, & azimuth) for each array System size in DC and AC PV Watts (or similar tool such as ETB, Aurora, etc) estimate of REC production during 15 year term.   Each application...

ABP Required Document Uploads

Full List of Required Documentation for the ABP The following list contains the specific documents and images required for each system participating in the Adjustable Block Program. These documents can be uploaded to the CSG Portal at each system under the Pre-Installation Tab for Pre-Installation documents, and the Post Installation tab for Post Installation documents. They are located at the bottom of each tab. The Pre-Installation documents pertain only to systems that are being submitted as not energized. Systems being submitted as not energized will require a 5% bond in the form of cash or letter of credit. Systems being submitted as Energized (and fill out and submit all Post-Installation documentation) will be able to choose to withhold the 5% bond from the first SREC payment. Please note that some documents are only required for specific size categories such as systems that are >25kW AC require a Signed Interconnection Agreement, and systems >10kW AC require a revenue grade meter, and a photo of the meter showing the lifetime production of the solar array. Please see the full list and the accompanying notes for a full understanding of the program requirements.   Pre-Installation Document Uploads: System Installation Contract – PDF This is the contract between the installer or developer and the system owner to cover the system. Shading Study – PDF Suitable shading studies can include, but are not limited to, using tools such as the Solar Pathfinder, Steprobotics, Helioscope, and HORIcatcher as well as or in conjunction with software designed to perform shading analysis. Please note that the Program Administrator and IPA reserve the right to request further information...

Illinois ABP Standard Disclosure Form Explanation

Standard Disclosure Information – Required for Every System Every system will need to receive a Standard Disclosure. Generated by Illinois ABP Website, but the information can be entered into CSG’s portal or through the ABP website directly.  It must be signed by customer before they sign their Installation Contract and is meant to give customers “apples to apples” comparison between quotes.  To generate this standard disclosure form you must first be registered as a “designee” of an Approved Vendor.  Please email SREC@carbonsolutionsgroup.com to begin the registration process.  This link will take you to a  blank copy of each of standard disclosure forms.  Please note that these blank forms may not be used to send to system owners and are for demonstration purposes only.  The forms MUST be generated through the ABP website or by CSG using the ABP website.   Listed below is the information needed for each Standard Disclosure for system sales.  Please not the information required for PPA and lease systems differs from below: Vendor ID  [Ver 1.purchase] System Name Customer Name Customer Address1 Customer Address2 Customer City Customer State (IL Only) Customer Zip Customer Phone (10 digits all numeric) Customer Email Electric Utility Municipal Utility/Cooperative Name (required if Electric Utility is Municipal Utility or Rural Electric Cooperative) Municipal Utility/Cooperative Location (required if Electric Utility is Municipal Utility or Rural Electric Cooperative) System Seller Legal Name System Seller Marketing Name System Seller Address1 System Seller Address2 System Seller City System Seller State System Seller Zip System Seller Phone (10 digits all numeric) System Seller Email Installer Known? Installer Legal Name (required if Installer Known is yes) Installer...

ABP Non-Ministerial Permits

All Non-ministerial permits are required to be obtained before a project over 25kW may be submitted to the ABP.  The definition of non-ministerial permits is listed below.   The following is taken from page 46 of the Adjustable Block Program’s Final Guidebook: Non-ministerial Permit: A non-ministerial permits is a permit in which one or more officials consider various factors and exercise some discretion in deciding whether to issue (typically with conditions) or deny the permit. This section is taken from page 122 of Long Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan See Docket No. 17-0838, Final Order dated April 3, 2018 at 75. Additionally, the Agency understands the distinction between ministerial and non-ministerial permits to be as suggested by the Massachusetts net metering program (see: http://www.massaca.org/pdf/FAQ.pdf): f“A ministerial permit is a permit that is granted based upon a determination that the request complies with established standards. Such determinations are arrived at objectively, involve little or no discretionary judgment, and are usually issued by a single official or his/her designee. Non-ministerial permits are permits in which one or more officials consider(s) various factors and exercise(s) some discretion in deciding whether to issue (typically with conditions) or deny permits. Examples of ministerial permits include, but are not limited to building permits and electrical permits. Examples of non-ministerial permits include, but are not limited to wetlands Order of Conditions, Special Permit, Zoning Variance, Endangered Species, and MEPA Certificate.” (The Agency notes that for Illinois, “MEPA Certificate” would be replaced by permits issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection...

ABP Certified Installers

The following is taken from page 24 of the Adjustable Block Program’s Final Guidebook:   Installer Requirements System installations must meet the following requirements in order to participate in the Adjustable Block Program. These requirements are not waivable for any system, including systems built after June 1, 2017, but before program launch. 1. A system must be installed by a company with current Distributed Generation Installer certification from the Illinois Commerce Commission. (https://www.icc.illinois.gov/Electricity/authorities/DistributedGenerationCertification.aspx). 2. A system must be installed by a qualified person(s). The following definitions of “qualified person” and the term “install”, as taken from Title 83, Part 468 of the Illinois Administrative Code, will be used to evaluate compliance with this requirement: “Qualified person” means a person who performs installations on behalf of the certificate holder and who has either satisfactorily completed at least five installations of a specific distributed generation technology or has completed at least one of the following programs requiring lab or field work and received a certification of satisfactory completion: an apprenticeship as a journeyman electrician from a DOL registered electrical apprenticeship and training program; a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) distributed generation technology certification program; an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) distributed generation technology certification program; an Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) distributed generation technology certification program; or an Associate in Applied Science degree from an Illinois Community College Board approved community college program in the appropriate distributed generation technology. To be considered a “qualified person”, the experience and/or training relied upon must be with the same type of distributed generation technology for which the qualification status is sought. “Install” means to complete...

ABP Allowable Changes Between Pre-Install and Post-Install

The following is taken from page 39 of the Adjustable Block Program’s Final Guidebook.   The following are the only changes allowed between the pre-installation submission to the ABP and the final installation: • Change in location of the system on a roof or parcel for any DG system, or any system for a Community Solar project which was the only project on a parcel entered into the initial program lottery, if held. • Increase in the surface area covered as long as the originally plotted footprint is still entirely covered by the solar array or associated equipment or wiring. • Decrease in the surface area covered as long as the solar array and any associated equipment or wiring remains entirely in the originally plotted footprint. • Changes in location on a parcel made to provide access paths through the solar array on order to access an otherwise stranded portion of the parcel. • Changes in location on a parcel made to account for parcel unsuitability that was not apparent in the Approved Vendors commercially reasonable investigation of the property when conducting the initial project design. • Approved Vendors may request approval for other changes; such approval will be granted if the Approved Vendor can demonstrate to the Program Administrator that the change was made due to factors that were not apparent in the Approved Vendor’s commercially reasonable investigation of the project when conducting the initial project design and which would not constitute gaming of the lottery system or project application process. Note: The contract between Approved Vendors and the utilities is still under development. There may be additional restrictions...