Where do I Sign Up?
You can reserve your spot here! (no obligation)
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 5,000 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 credit – called monthly net metering credits - based on their share of the electricity generated by the solar farm in each month. Each subscription is tied to a specific community solar project.
What are the Benefits?
Community Solar is an easy way to support the development of clean energy generation within Illinois. Increasing community solar is one way to reduce our 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.
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.
For more information, watch this 4-minute video on how it works!
FAQs and Additional Details of Community Solar Savings Program
What is the savings opportunity?
Your ComEd electric bill has 3 components: “Supply”, “Delivery”, and “Fees/taxes”. Because of state legislation, you are eligible for credits which will amount to an average 20% discount on the “Supply” portion of your bill.
What if it’s a cloudy day. Could there be supply interruptions?
There will be no supply interruptions related to having become a community solar subscriber. Power produced by a community solar array is sent to the utility’s grid in combination with power from other sources to all ComEd customers.
Why do they call us a “subscriber”?
This is because you are subscribing to a portion of the power that a given community solar array can provide. When you sign up, the solar provider estimates your annual power usage from the array and assigns that portion of the array to you. They continue to add subscribers until the capacity of the array is full.
Why is the Village of Homer Glen promoting Community Solar?
Your Village Board recognizes there is a cost savings benefit for village residents who convert to community solar. There are numerous community solar suppliers in the market. To help village residents take the guesswork out of which companies are most credible and capable, we have investigated this for you. We teamed up with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and researched the experiences of other villages and cities (like Oak Park, Highland Park, and Evanston) to select a supplier with very competitive rates and an outstanding service record. The Village of Homer Glen does not profit from this, we do it as a service to our residents.
Is there a fee to sign up for community solar?
What if I move?
If you move to a new home within your utility’s territory, you can continue your subscription. If you move outside the territory, you must cancel your subscription or transfer it to another customer who meets the eligibility requirements.
Is there a fee to cancel community solar if I find a better deal?
There is no cancellation fee you can quit at any time.
Can residents that have friends and family living outside Homer Glen sign up on our Village website?
Yes. As long as ComEd is their current electricity supplier, people outside of the village can become community solar subscribers as well.
Is Community Solar available to me as soon as I sign up?
Community solar project developers typically seek subscribers in advance of the project start date, so there could be a short waiting period. Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc²) may have community solar projects available now.
Where are the solar projects located?
Most solar arrays are located outside of the Chicago area where land is cheaper. Sites include Clinton, DeKalb, LaSalle, and Livingston counties.
When will the program start?
The program is currently available through Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc²). Sign up if you are interested in the opportunity to become one of the subscribers in a community solar program. There is no obligation to participate in the program.
What type of accounts are eligible for the Community Solar Program?
Residential rate class, watt-hour and small commercial rate class (0-100 kW) customers on ComEd’s Bundled Supply Service are eligible.
Where can I find what type of account I have to see if I am eligible?
Under "Charge Details" on your ComEd Bill.
What if I am with a retail supplier but want to return back to ComEd’s Bundled Supply Service in order to be eligible for the Community Solar Program?
To request your account be returned back to ComEd’s Bundled Supply Service please use the following link https://www.comed.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/ReturntoBundledService.pdf. It may take 1-2 bill cycles to take effect once the application is received and processed by ComEd. Please review your current supply contract to ensure there are no early termination fees.
Community Solar and Net Metering
Can you subscribe to the Community Solar Program as an existing Net Metering customer?
Yes, customers that have installed behind the meter distributed-generation resources on their premise, such as roof-top solar arrays, are currently eligible to participate as a subscriber in a community solar project. However, the potential community solar subscription size may be limited by ComEd given the size of distributed generation resources installed on the premise.
How does the billing work?
When you apply, you join the “Reservation List’. As soon as a community solar project becomes available (which often is immediately) you’ll be notified by email to enroll as a new “subscriber”. 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.
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%. mc² even shows you how your participation impacts the environment each month.
How do I reconcile my bill?
A Renewable Community Supply Credit will appear on your monthly ComEd electric utility bill for your share of the actual solar generation created by the Community Solar project. This monthly community solar credit can be found listed within the “Supply” portion of your ComEd bill statement, reducing your monthly electricity utility supply costs.
MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc²) will separately bill you for 80% of the monthly community solar credit received, as the program subscription fee, using the credit/debit card that was provided during the secure on-line enrollment process. The net result is a savings of 20% of the solar generation credits to you!
The community solar subscription invoice from mc² will be sent after the monthly generation data from the community solar project is reconciled and validated with ComEd which means that there could be up to a three-month lag of the subscription fee invoice depending on your meter read cycle timing. To reconcile the net savings for a specific month, please refer to the billing period listed on your recent mc² subscription fee invoice and compare to the corresponding generation period listed on your ComEd electric utility bill. An example is shown below.