CS2 Residential Community Solar Program
Glencoe residents and small businesses, among with six other participating North Shore communities, now have the opportunity to save money and help develop renewable energy thanks to Illinois’ largest municipally sponsored community solar program.
Solar developers have committed to make over 10 megawatts available over the next year to qualified residents and small businesses in participating communities through the CS2 Residential Community Solar Program. Subscribers will save 20% on their monthly electricity charges based on the solar generation credits achieved. To support equitable access to the program, there are no credit checks, enrollment fees or termination fees.
Community solar allows residents and small businesses to subscribe and receive credits on their electric bills. Participants can support solar power without installing their own rooftop panels and the subscriptions help finance and construct small solar facilities that may not be built otherwise.Subscriptions will be offered on a rolling basis as community solar facilities are built and connected to the electric grid. As community solar projects are completed in coming months, residents on the waitlist will be contacted and offered an opportunity to complete the subscription process.
What is Community Solar?
A community solar project is a single site solar installation shared by multiple subscribers. Community solar allows “subscribers” to receive net metering credits on their electricity bill and support the development of new renewable energy resources without needing to install equipment on their property. Community solar projects in Illinois are defined as no larger than 2,000 kW in peak capacity per site.
How does Community Solar Work?
Community solar projects generate electricity, and that power is delivered into the electric grid of the utility. The community solar project signs up subscribers and each subscriber receives monthly net metering credits based on the size of their subscription, how much the community solar project generates, and the subscriber’s electricity supply arrangement. Each subscription is tied to a specific community solar project.
What are the Benefits?
When Glencoe residents join a solar array, they will save 20% on electricity costs for solar generation credits achieved! Community Solar is an easy way to support clean energy generation located within Illinois. Supporting these types of projects helps reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and support clean energy generation. In addition, you do not have to invest in a solar asset on your rooftop, which may not be right for everybody. You will receive a net metering credit on your monthly ComEd electric utility bill for your share of the generation created by these projects.
How does Billing Work?
When you join the waitlist and a community solar project becomes available to accept new subscribers, you will be notified by the Program Administrator - mc² - with an opportunity to enroll. After successfully completing the enrollment process, you will receive the net metering credits on your monthly ComEd electric utility bill for your share of the generation created by your Community Solar project under the utility’s default electricity supply tariff service.
See example ComEd and mc² invoices here.
The net metering credits, based on your subscription, will appear on your monthly utility bill and will be credited against your total electricity utility costs. mc² then bills you for 80% of the net metering credits to your credit card and you save 20%.
The program does not have upfront costs, will not lock you into a long-term contract and will provide savings if the subscriber follows a few simple steps.
Contact MC Squared Energy Services at NorthShoreCommunitySolar@mc2energyservices.com or (833) 949-2810.