Why solar?

Solar energy is an efficient, affordable, and clean source of energy that protects the environment and creates jobs. With available incentives and tax credits, solar can provide significant savings for both property owners and renters in low-income communities. Solar energy also helps to protect against future energy cost increases.

Cost savings

Illinois Solar for All programs ensure that there will be no upfront costs to participants and any ongoing costs or fees will not exceed 50% of the value of the energy produced.

Access & general eligibility

  • Low-Income Communities

    Illinois Solar for All serves low-income households and communities across the state by funding new solar generation systems. These systems benefit qualifying households, non-profits, and public facilities.

  • Environmental Justice Communities

    Illinois Solar for All allocates 25% of incentive dollars and resources for designated environmental justice communities across the state. Use this tool to see if your property is in a qualified environmental justice community.

  • No Upfront Costs

    All Illinois Solar for All Approved Vendors are required to offer participants solar energy with no upfront costs, whether systems are purchased or leased.

  • Cost Savings

    For qualified participants, ongoing costs or fees will not exceed 50% of the value of energy produced by the solar system through avoided usage or net metering credits.

  • Consumer Protections

    Many comprehensive protections are integrated into Illinois Solar for All, including standard disclosures, closely monitored marketing requirements, and technical requirements for installation.

  • Adjustable Block Program

    Not eligible for Illinois Solar for All? The Adjustable Block Program is also available for households and organizations that do not qualify for Illinois Solar for All but want to install solar or subscribe to a community solar project.

Programs

  • Low-Income Community Solar

    • Residential households at 80% or lower of Area Median Income
    • No upfront costs
    • Ongoing costs or fees to the participant will not exceed 50% of the value of energy produced
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  • Non-Profit Organizations and Public Facilities

    • Serving organizations in low-income or environmental justice communities
    • Critical Service Providers or organizations that can demonstrate community engagement
    • No upfront costs
    • Ongoing costs or fees to the participant will not exceed 50% of the value of energy produced
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  • Low-Income Distributed Generation

    • Households at 80% or lower of Area Median Income
    • Single family or multifamily residential properties
    • No upfront costs
    • Ongoing costs or fees to the participant will not exceed 50% of the value of energy produced
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