Illinois Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Illinois Rebates and Incentives Summary

Illinois

Illinois isn’t just in the middle of the country geographically. It’s smack dead center when it comes to solar energy. Solar Energy Industries ranks Illinois No. 25 in the nation for installed solar capacity. And the state is more or less on pace to hold its position. In 2014, Illinois installed 6 megawatts of solar capacity, which ranked it 27th for growth that year.

While maintaining a moderate position in the middle of the solar industry’s explosive growth, Illinois itself has seen substantial increases in its solar industry. More than 3,000 Illinois residents have jobs because of the state’s healthy solar industry, which saw a 165 percent increased financial investment year-over-year in 2014.

Much of the state’s solar industry growth can be credited to its forward-thinking policy. While the state hasn’t gone all out to build its solar status, it does have an aggressive renewable energy portfolio standard, requiring that the state’s utilities get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025.

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Ameren Illinois (Electric & Gas) - Multi-Family Properties Energy Efficiency Incentives

The direct install segment is linked to participation in either the common area or major measures segments of the program. Building owners or operators are offered low cost lighting materials (LEDs), water conservation measures (high performance showerheads and aerators) and programmable thermostats. The program oversees the distribution and installation of materials upon the receipt of a signed agreement with the project site. Program field staff will be scheduled to perform the installation of product at the complexes.

The shell measure segment offers incentives for air sealing the shell of multifamily buildings. Incentives will be paid based on the total CFM reduction

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Building Energy Code

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

Public Act 093-0936 (Illinois Energy Conservation Code for Commercial Buildings) was signed into law in August, 2004. The Illinois Energy Conservation Code for Commercial Buildings became effective April 8, 2006. This law requires all commercial construction for which a building permit application is received by a municipality or county to follow a comprehensive statewide energy conservation code. The

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City of Chicago - Building Energy Code

The Chicago Energy Conservation Code (CECC) requires residential buildings applying for building permits to comply with energy efficient measures which go beyond those required by the Illinois Building Energy Code. The applicability of the CECC to commercial construction was superseded when the state of Illinois adopted the more stringent IECC 2009 model code. Illinois state law in 2009 also mandated the IECC 2009 model code for residential buildings, but allowed for cities of home rule and more than 1,000,000 people (which includes Chicago) to adopt more stringent rules.

The CECC establishes standards to minimize solar energy absorbed by building roofs

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City of Chicago - Green Building Permit Programs

The City of Chicago encourages building design, construction, and renovation in a manner that provides healthier environments, reduces operating costs, and conserves energy. The Department of Buildings offers three programs for projects that include green elements, the Green Permit Benefit Tier Program, the Green Permit Program, and the Solar Express Program. The Green Permit Benefit Tier Program offers qualifying projects an expedited permit process and a possible reduction of permit fees. The Green Permit Program also offers projects with green elements (geothermal systems, green roofs, photovoltaic systems, rainwater harvesting systems, solar thermal panels, and wind turbines) a priority review process
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City of Chicago - Green Power Purchasing

In June 2001, the City of Chicago signed an agreement with Commonwealth Edison and the Environmental Resources Trust to purchase 20% of its electricity from clean, renewable resources by the end of 2005. Chicago reached this goal in 2008 with a purchase of 215 million kWh of wind and biomass energy from MidAmerican Energy.  The city's plan is to maintain that 20% level for the foreseeable future. As of October 2011, the City was purchasing 20% of their power from renewables. Download the Energy Report 

For more green power purchasing program listings, visit the U.S. Department of Energy Green Power

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City of Chicago - Small Business Improvement Fund

SomerCor administers the Small Business Improvement Fund for the City of Chicago. The fund utilizes revenue from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and supports commercial and industrial properties.

SBIF provides grants to commercial businesses for 30%, 60%, or 90% of the costs of permanent building improvements such as storefront renovation building systems, interior remodeling, and roof replacement. Industrial businesses with 200 or fewer employees are eligible for grants covering 50 of the project cost.

Steps to apply

  1. Confirm your business is in a SBIF district
  2. Check which districts are open
  3. Review SBIF Eligibility requirements
  4. Review SBIF program rules
  5. Fill out an application and submit it to SBIF@somercor.com

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City of Chicago - Solar Express Permit Program

In 2013, the City of Chicago streamlined and standardized the permitting and zoning process for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Small and large rooftop PV generators can now access the City of Chicago Easy Permit Process. Qualifying projects can receive same-day permit approvals (a process that used to take 30 days) at a reduced fee of $275 (down from $375).

There are separate steps for small and large rooftop systems. Small rooftop solar PV systems are those generating less than 13.44 kilowatt (kW). Large rooftop solar PV systems are those generating greater than 13.44 kW. 

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City of Chicago - Solar Zoning Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance strictly for the zoning review of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the City of Chicago. The goal of this policy document is to make zoning design requirements transparent for solar PV system applicants. This policy does not provide specific guidance for the zoning review of solar thermal systems. 

The framework of this policy document is to (1.) identify the major zoning districts and (2.) establish the solar PV system configuration types. The zoning district will have major impacts on a solar PV project and may limit major design features of the

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City Water Light and Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

City Water Light and Power (CWLP) offers rebates to Springfield residential customers for increasing the energy efficiency of participating homes. Rebates are available for geothermal heat pumps, air source heat pumps, water heaters, rain barrels and high efficiency toilets. CWLP requires a post installation inspection before awarding rebates for equipment. Visit the web site for more details and application forms. Rebates are available only to CWLP electric customers.

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ComEd - Energy Efficiency Program for Residential

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) offers residential customers rebates for certain energy efficiency upgrades and improvements. The lighting discount is administered as an off-the-shelf discount program where purchasers receive a discount on LED light bulbs from participating retailers (see website for listing). Through the Home Energy Savings program, technicians will perform a free energy assessment in homes, install free and discounted energy-saving products and provide energy efficiency recommendations. Condo owners and renters are encouraged to have their property manager or building owner contact ComEd about the multi-family program.

 

 

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Corn Belt Energy Coop - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Corn Belt Energy Corporation (CBEC), in association with the Wabash Valley Power Association, provides its customers various energy efficiency rebates. Customers of Corn Belt Energy can receive rebates for geothermal and air-source heat pumps as well as heat pump water heaters. To qualify for a rebate customers must follow all program procedures and comply with all efficiency standards. Check CBEC's website for specific program guidelines and rebate terms.
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Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Fund

Beginning in June 2008, Illinois's two electric utilities with more than 100,000 retail customers (Ameren and Commonwealth Edison) are required to implement energy efficiency and demand response programs that cost effectively reduce their delivery load. Much like the state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), the goals of the program will increase incrementally each year. Energy efficiency and demand response are treated as separate within the overall program. Energy efficiency refers to reductions in gross energy use (i.e., Megawatt-hours per year), while demand response refers to reductions in peak demand. Demand response measures do not necessarily result in overall energy use reductions
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Energy Efficiency in State Government

State Green Building Standards
Illinois requires that all new state-funded construction or major renovations are required to seek LEED, Green Globes, or equivalent certification. The Green Buildings Act (July 2009) defines major renovations as projects with a budget of at least 40% of a building's replacement cost and makes the following requirements based on the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system:

  • New buildings and major renovations of less than 10,000 square feet must meet the highest LEED standard (or equivalent standard) that is practical. Certification is not required.
  • New buildings and renovations of
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Energy Resources Center - Energy Analysis

ERC can offer support and deliver a multi-year planning horizon analysis or a specific program analysis using the most sophisticated modeling tools available to help mitigate the amount of work involved to determine the cost effectiveness and budget allocation strategies to maximize the portfolio savings given the available budgets.
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Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants

Note: For the Renewable Energy January 21, 2016, competitive grant cycle, the only Renewable Energy grant applications being accepted are for Solar Thermal, Biomass, Advancing Renewable Energy and Emerging Technologies. or the Energy Efficiency January 21, 2016, competitive grant cycle, only Water Energy Efficiency Program grant applications are being accepted. Please visit the program website listed above in early 2016 for additional information.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison. The ICECF invests in clean-energy development and land-preservation efforts, working with communities

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Illinois Municipal Electric Agency - Electric Efficiency Program

The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) offers incentives through the Electric Efficiency program. These incentives are available to the membership (and members’ retail customers) of IMEA. FY2022-23 of the program runs from May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023. Funds are allocated to IMEA members based on a prorated share of their electric purchases from the IMEA. Commercial/industrial and public-sector facilities served by members can apply for funds using the appropriate FY2022-23 application forms found on the website.

Eligible projects must be located in Illinois and receive electric service from the IMEA or an IMEA Member. Projects must produce
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Illinois PACE Financing Program

Note:  In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages.

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property

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Illinois Solar and Wind Rights

Illinois law prohibits homeowners' associations, common interest community associations and condominium unit owners' associations from preventing homeowners from using or installing solar energy systems. These associations may not deny homeowners permission to install solar energy systems, but they may specify the location of the solar energy system, as long as such specifications do not "impair the effective operation" of the system. In July 2011, the legislature enacted a bill (Public Act 97-0105) which added a provision for wind energy. A homeowner's association or similar entity may restrict wind energy devices altogether.

The law stipulates that associations must adopt an energy

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Improvement Valuation of Commercial Solar Energy Systems

Illinois uses a specific formula to value commercial solar energy systems for property tax purposes in counties with fewer than 3 million inhabitants. "Commercial" in this sense means that the system is used primarily to generate electricity for wholesale or retail sale, rather than referring to the customer class.

The valuation formula is calculated by substracting allowance for physical depreciation from the trended real property cost basis (set at $218,000 per MW of nameplate capacity in 2018, with adjustments for CPI inflation).

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Interconnection Standards

In December 2016, the Illinois Commerce Commission issued an order making changes to the state's interconnection rules for distributed generation facilities.

In August 2007, Illinois enacted legislation (S.B. 680) requiring the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to establish standards for net metering and interconnection for renewable energy systems by April 1, 2008. Although S.B. 680 only requires the promulgation of interconnection standards for "eligible renewable generating equipment," the ICC chose to take this opportunity to develop standards for all distributed generation up to 10 megawatts (MW). Final interconnection standards were adopted by the ICC in August 2008. In March 2010, the

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Jo-Carroll Energy - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Jo-Carroll Energy Cooperative, Inc. (JCECI) offers a variety of rebates on energy efficient equipment to members receiving electric or natural gas service from JCECI. Both residential and commercial customers are eligible for incentives through this program. Rebates are available for the purchase and installation of qualifying ENERGY STAR rated washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, lighting, and window air conditioning units, as well as heat pumps, boilers, furnaces and natural gas water heaters. An appliance recycling rebate of $25 is also available, which rewards members for the proper recycling of older appliances. Applications for both electric and natural gas customers are available

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MidAmerican Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

MidAmerican Energy offers a variety of incentives for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of eligible homes. The program links below provide information on specific rebate amounts, efficiency, further details and requirements. After installing qualifying equipment, customers should submit a completed Equipment Rebate Application and a detailed invoice to MidAmerican. Heating and cooling dealers have a supply of Equipment Rebate Applications and will participate with customers. Applications must be postmarked by stated date in order to receive rebates.

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MidAmerican Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

MidAmerican Energy offers a variety of incentives for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of participating homes. Electric customers of MidAmerican Energy qualify for rebates on programmable thermostats, air source heat pumps, add-on heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, central air conditioning units and room air conditioning units. The Residential Equipment Brochure on the program web site above provides specific rebate amounts, details and requirements. After installing qualifying equipment, customers should submit a completed Equipment Rebate Application and a detailed invoice to MidAmerican. Equipment must be purchased between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, and installed and operating prior

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Net Metering

Note: The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Illinois Public Act 102-0662) removed the 5% aggregate cap on net metering and replaced it with a threshold date of December 31, 2024, or when utility tariffs setting new compensation values are approved, whichever is later. This law also raised the individual system size cap to 5 MW, although systems must still be sized to meet on-site electricity needs.

Note: The Future Energy Jobs Act (Illinois Public Act 99-0906) did not change Illinois' basic net metering rules; the 5% aggregate cap remains in place and a new compensation process will be developed when

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North Shore Gas - Home Energy Jumpstart Program

North Shore Gas customers have opportunities to reduce energy usage with a FREE assessment that includes free and discounted products for your home. The Home Energy Jumpstart Program is offered in partnership with ComEd. Homeowners can reduce their energy and water use with free installation of these products, available to owners of single-family homes, two-flats and individually metered condos and townhomes. Renters are also eligible, with permission from their landlord. Schedule an appointment online or call 855-660-9378.
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North Shore Gas - Residential Rebate Program

The North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program offers incentives to encourage customers to make energy-efficient improvements to their homes and apartment buildings. Rebates are available on energy efficient furnaces, boilers, water heaters, controls and insulation. To qualify, gas furnaces, boilers, and water heaters must be installed by professional contractors. Property owners of multifamily units may also participate in this program. A full list of eligible models and insulation and instructions on how to apply for the rebates can be found on the Natural Gas Savings Program web site. Applications must be made no later than 30 days after the

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Peoples Gas - Residential Rebate Program

Peoples Gas offers the Home Energy Rebate Program offers rebates for owners of single-family homes, two-flats, and individually metered condos, apartments, and townhomes. Rebates included for HVAC, water heater, and weatherization projects.

New equipment must be installed and old equipment removed. Only new products that meet the energy-efficiency specifications listed on the residential application qualify. Rebates may not exceed the project cost.

Complete terms and conditions can be found on the rebate applications. You must contact an approved weatherization contractor for the weatherization application (attic insulation, wall insulation, air sealing, and duct sealing). Effective January 1, 2022, the maximum rebate
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Peoples Gas - Single Family Direct Install

Peoples Gas customers have opportunities to reduce energy usage with a FREE assessment that includes free and discounted products for your home. The Home Energy Jumpstart Program is offered in partnership with ComEd. Homeowners can reduce their energy and water use with free installation of these products, available to owners of single-family homes, two-flats, and individually metered condos and townhomes. Renters are also eligible, with permission from their landlord. Schedule an appointment online, or call 855-660-9378.

 

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Recycle My Fridge

The Illinois Municipal Electricity Agency (IMEA), a nonprofit organization representing 33 Illinois municipal and co-op electricity providers, administers the Illinois Recycle My Fridge program in combination with Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA), Inc.

People who receive their electricity from an IMEA-member electric system may participate. The program will pick up up to two old, working refrigerators or freezers from the participant's home. The participant receives a $50 prepaid card for each qualifying refrigerator or freezer. The refrigerators and/or freezers must be secondary units (the units to be recycled may not be the home's primary refrigerator/freezer) and must be between

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Financing

The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) is a state conduit issuer of tax-exempt bonds and credit enhancement for projects in Illinois. IFA funding is available to commercial and non-profit entities as long as those entities meet strict eligibility criteria. In 2012, the legislature also added schools and community colleges to the list of eligible entities for energy conservation funding. Entities seeking funding must demonstrate that their projects provide a significant public benefit for the citizens of Illinois. In 2009, the IFA was authorized by legislation (S.B. 1906 and S.B. 390) to provide funding via issuance of tax-exempt bonds for renewable energy

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Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund

According to § 20 ILCS 687/6-4, the statute this trust is under will be repealed on December 31, 2021. 

Illinois's 1997 electric-industry restructuring legislation created separate public benefits funds that support renewable energy and residential energy efficiency. The Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (RERTF) supports renewables through grants, loans and other incentives administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The funding mechanism was established for 10 years in January 1998. In August 2007, funding was extended through December 12, 2015.

Renewable-energy projects eligible for RERTF support include wind energy, solar-thermal energy, photovoltaics, dedicated crops

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Renewable Portfolio Standard

Note: In December 2016, Illinois enacted S.B. 2814, which made several major changes to energy policy including changes to the renewable portfolio standard.

Note: In June 2014, Illinois enacted H.B. 2427, which released $30 million in the Renewable Energy Resources Fund to the Illinois Power Agency for the purchase of photovoltaic (PV) power through a supplemental procurement process. Of the released funds, half are set aside for PV systems less than 25 kilowatts in nameplate capacity, such as residential rooftop systems.

The IPA's proposed procurement plan for 2016 can be found in Docket 15-0541 and on the

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Residential On-Bill Financing Programs - Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, Peoples Gas, Ameren and ComEd

The Illinois Energy Efficiency Loan Program, administered through Slipstream Energy Finance Solutions and funded by participating utilities, provides loans to customers of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. Fixed rate loan terms: 4.99% interest rate† for 1, 3, 5, 7‡ , and 10‡ years These on-bill financing loans are designed to be repaid through regular utility bill payments and typically target residential customers, although certain utilities will allow commercial participation.

Each utility has specific energy efficiency products that qualify for energy efficiency loans, as both gas and electric utilities are program participants. Generally, natural gas customers

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Solar Renewable Energy Credits

Note: The Illinois Power Agency's proposed 2016 procurement includes one-year SREC procurements of 34,207 SRECs for Ameren, 69,866 SRECs for ComEd, and 13,225 SRECs for MidAmerican. It also includes separate five-year distributed generation (DG) REC procurements of 7,767 DG RECs for Ameren,16,294 DG RECs for ComEd, 2,204 DG RECs for MidAmerican. See the IPA website and Docket 15-0541 for more information on procurement plans.

In August 2007, Illinois enacted legislation (Public Act 095-0481) that created the Illinois Power Agency (IPA). The agency’s purpose is to develop electricity procurement plans for investor-owned electric utilities (EUs) supplying over 100,000 Illinois customers to

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Special Assessment for Solar Energy Systems

Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems for property tax purposes. When a claim for alternate valuation is filed, the chief county assessment officer is required to ascertain two values: the value of the improvements as if equipped with a conventional heating or cooling system and the value of the improvements as equipped with the solar energy system. The alternate valuation is the lesser of these two values.

Eligible equipment includes both active and passive solar energy systems. The exemption is not valid for equipment that is equally usable in a conventional energy system or for components that

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Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards

While Illinois does not have a model wind ordinance* in place, it has established a maximum setback limit for wind turbines.** State law has established that no municipality or county government may require a wind turbine (or other renewable energy system) used for onsite energy generation to be setback more than 1.1 times the height of the system from the end user's property line. Under H.B. 1201, municipalities may prohibit any electric-generating wind device with a nameplate capacity of 100 kilowatts or greater permitted after August 9, 2013, from locating within its corporate limits.

The Illinois Institute for Rural

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Wabash Valley Power Association (23 Member Cooperatives) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) a not-for-profit cooperative that generates and transmits electricity to 23 rural co-ops across Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. View the WVPA membership webpage to view all participating members of the association. WVPA offers a number of rebates to residential customers of these member organizations. Rebates are available for heat pump water heaters, geothermal and air-source heat pumps, and HVAC equipment.

A signed application and installation invoice must be received by Wabash Valley Power within 60 days of the installation completion date. View the program web site listed above for more program or equipment information. Only equipment

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