Community Solar – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible to enroll?
A: To enroll, the member and location must meet the below requirements:
- Residential, single phase account billed under rates 1, 2, 6, 27 and 72
- Served by Dairyland Power (Districts 1-9)
- Not already have member-owned renewables behind the meter (billed as rate 13)
Q: Am I limited in how much I can subscribe?
A: Subscriptions are being offered in 2.5 kW blocks, with an estimated gross annual production of 5,250 kWh in the initial years (and an estimated annual production decrease of 0.5%). A member may sign up for one or two blocks, as long as their annual consumption equals or exceeds the expected annual production of the subscription level.
Q: Whom do I talk to about becoming a subscriber?
A: Visit www.jocarroll.com for more information about the Community Solar Project, and complete your interest form. If you have questions after visiting the site, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I’ve expressed interest, how long will it be before I know if I’m eligible?
A: Due to expected high interest, please allow up to one calendar week for your Jo-Carroll Energy team to review your interest request for program eligibility. You will be contacted whether eligible or ineligible. During that time, if you have any questions regarding the project, please e-mail email@example.com.
Q: How do I transfer my subscription if I move?
A: If you remain in Jo-Carroll Energy’s service territory, and move to an eligible location, we will provide a seamless transfer from your prior service location to your new one.
Q: What happens to my subscription if I move out of the Jo-Carroll Energy’s service territory?
A: You have the right to assign the subscription to another member if you wish and Jo-Carroll Energy will assist you with processing the transfer. There are no fees associated with this transfer.
Q: Do I need a special meter to be a subscriber?
A: No. The existing meter at your house will support your subscription.
Q: I already have net metering from my on-sight generator. Can I also subscribe to my community solar facility?
A: No, due to the limited quantity of subscriptions available, the community solar project is only open to those who do not already have their own solar. Allowing those who cannot install solar due to zoning or association rules, poor geographical location, or renters, the opportunity to support local-generated renewable energy.
Q: As a subscriber, can I use any credits generated from my subscription on one of my other account(s) or gift them to another member's account(s)?
A: No, subscriptions are handled as virtual net metered accounts, under the Illinois Shines Program, and and any generation credits are to be credited to one location as specified in your subscription contract.
Q: As a subscriber, does my excess generation roll over to the next billing?
A: Yes, any excess generation is carried forward through the customer selected annual anniversary date, either April or November. The credits reset to zero on the anniversary date.
Q: What will be credited in a net metering scenario?
A: The difference between the total of the energy and generation charge and your subscription rate, which is defined in Jo-Carroll Energy’s Illinois Shines Subscription Rate, Policy No. 746.
Under current rate structures (eff. 9/1/2020) the member will be credited or debited as follows, for every kWh their system produces over a production month. The Net of these values multiplied by the kWh will be shown on the billing statement:
A credit for their Energy Charge @ -$0.035 per kWh
A credit for their Generation Charge @ -$0.045 per kWh
A subscription charge @ +$0.065 per kWh
Net result -$0.015 per kWh credit
Q: If I enroll in the Apple Canyon Community Solar Project, why am I asked to sign an Illinois Shines Standard Disclosure Form?
A: This community solar project is made possible due to renewable energy credit (REC) sales through the “Illinois Shines”, the state-administered Adjustable Block Program. This disclosure form provides you with information about your subscription and is a requirement of the Illinois Shines program. If you decide to enter into a community solar contract, you will be asked to sign this form, indicating that it has been provided to you. The form will be submitted to the Illinois Shines Program Administrator. The Program Administrator may contact you to verify that you received the form.