Illinois Solar Rebates and Incentives
|Program Type||Net Metering|
|Technologies||Photovoltaics and other renewables|
|Amount||Credited to customer at retail rate|
|Required Documentation||Applicants must apply with their investor-owned utility|
|Official Web Site||http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/environment/netmetering.html#netmetering|
Illinois’ net-metering program, which began began April 1, 2008, requires all investor-owned utility companies operating in the state to credit solar customers at the retail rate for the power they feed back onto the grid.
Under the state’s net-metering law, customers are eligible to receive a one-to-one retail rate credit for renewable energy generation of 40 kW or less. Larger systems, those between 40 kW and 2 megawatts, receive credits equal to the utility's avoided cost for excess generation.
Potential savings depend on how much energy is generated by the system. But all net-metered customers in Illinois must pay fixed interconnection fees to connect to the electric grid. Other states have waived such fees.
Net-metered customers retain ownership and title to all renewable-energy credits and greenhouse-gas credits associated with customer generation and can sell such credits as they choose.