Community Solar in ComEd Territory

Trajectory Energy Partners is working with Clearway Energy to subscribe residents to community solar projects in the ComEd service territory. Now in Illinois, you can reduce your electric bill with local renewable power by subscribing to a community solar project.


If you can’t put solar panels on your home, or you simply want to support new renewable power in Illinois with no upfront investment, Illinois residents who get a ComEd electric bill are now able to join a local community solar project. By subscribing to a community solar project, you are helping support the development of new solar energy generation in Illinois.

 

How does Community Solar work?

 

1. A community solar project is constructed and connected to the grid in the same utility service territory as its customers.
 
2. The solar energy produced by the community solar project goes to the local power grid.
 
3. By subscribing, individual customers offset their own electricity use with a portion of the electricity generated by the community solar system.
 
4. A subscription to a community solar project allows you to receive credit on your electric bill for the energy produced by that project, and you pay for those credits at discounted rate with no upfront investment.

 

Trajectory is partnering with Clearway, the long-term owner and operator of the projects. With a mission to increase renewable energy via solar and wind energy, they are one of the largest renewable energy companies in the nation. Clearway Community Solar is an Approved Vendor of the Illinois Shines program, also known as the Adjustable Block Program or “ABP.” Illinois Shines is a state-administered program for new solar development and solar PV systems.

Learn more about the Illinois Shines program here and at their website.

 

Below is a recording of our May 14th webinar in partnership with Go Green Wilmette.

To subscribe, visit Clearway’s self-enrollment tool and use the Campaign Code Trajectory.

 
 

Upcoming Webinars throughout May and June

Go Green Highland Park: Register here for the following date
  • May 28 at 7pm
Community Solar for Chicago Residents: Register here for the following date
  • June 2 at 7pm
Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition: Register here for the following date
  • June 4 at 7pm
Go Green Park Ridge: Register here for the following date
  • June 9 at 7pm
More to come – stay tuned!
If you would like to host a webinar of your own, contact hal@trajectoryenergy.com.

 
 

Benefits of Community Solar

  • $0 down, no upfront costs
  • Guaranteed savings
  • You don’t pay until the solar farm is placed in service and generating credits for your utility bill
  • Unlike RES’s, Clearway is giving Illinois residents a guaranteed savings for folks on the default supply (this guarantee will benefit most of ComEd’s customers)

By subscribing, you are helping put more solar – a 100% renewable power source – on the grid.  Every customer who subscribes to community solar is contributing to the increase of solar power onto the grid. As the state’s energy grid fills up with more solar, the demand for fossil fuels will decrease.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long is the Clearway Community Solar contract?

A. The contract is for 20 years to ensure your long term savings.

Q. Can I subscribe to Community Solar if I live in a condo or rent an apartment?

A. Yes. As long as you have a ComEd electric bill, you can subscribe to a Community Solar farm.

Q. Is there an initial investment?

A. No. There are no upfront costs.

Q. How does Clearway determine how many solar panels to allocate to me?

A. Clearway will review your electric bill, which shows your electricity demand across the past twelve months. From that, Clearway allocates the number of panels to you necessary to provide 100% of your electricity demand on an annual basis. The amount of electricity generated by those panels each month determine your monthly credit that ComEd subtracts from your bill. If there is more electricity produced than you used, the excess is credited to your account and it rolls over to the next month. This process will continue until the credits are used up in a later bill.

Q. If I already have solar panels on my roof, can I subscribe to a Community Solar farm?

A. Yes. If you do not produce all of your energy needs with your solar panels, you may be able to subscribe for the remaining portion. A Clearway Energy Consultant will be able to help assess your home’s viability for the program.

Q. Will anything need to be installed at my home?

A. Nothing will need to be installed at your home. Clearway will maintain the solar panels at the farm as necessary, including cleaning.

Q. Will our homes receive the solar power from our Community Solar farm subscription?

A. You will not receive solar power to your home, but your Community Solar subscription will replace polluted power supply in Illinois with 100% renewable power. The solar generation will flow onto the local electric grid lines first, meaning the local community will draw less energy from the high voltage lines that distribute mostly coal and nuclear-produced electricity.

Q. Will I be billed for credits between the time I subscribe and when the solar farm is energized?

A. No. Solar credits will only start showing up on your electricity bill once the solar farm is energized. You will not be billed during development and construction phases.

Q. How does the billing work?

A. Clearway’s program is separate from your utility, and your energy supply is still through your local utility. Therefore, you will continue to receive your utility bill as usual, but now, your utility bill will show the solar bill credits resulting from your Clearway subscription, which reduces your utility charges. Clearway will send a separate bill to you for the solar bill credits at your contracted rate.

 

 

Q. How can I pay my Clearway bill?

A. You will be able to pay your Clearway bill either online, by phone, or by check. Clearway also offers paperless billing and AutoPay.

Q. What happens if I move and are there cancellation fees?

A. If you move within Clearway’s service territory, your Community Solar subscription can move with you without any charges. You must provide written notice of your new address at least 60 days prior to your move.

If you move outside the utility service area, you may transfer your solar farm allocation by finding an eligible replacement customer. If not, you must provide proof of your new meter address to be waived from the cancellation fee.

 

Good news!

If you become a subscriber between now until August 1, you can cancel at any time for any reason without a fee.

 

To subscribe, visit Clearway’s self-enrollment tool and use the Campaign Code Trajectory.

 

To Learn More:
Contact Hal Sprague at hal@trajectoryenergy.com or (847) 204-4170.