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Springfield City Council Passes New Solar Net Metering Policy!

Traditional net metering for systems 25kW and less was returned via a new net metering ordinance passed by City Council. Highlights of the ordinance are as follows:

• System size will be based on AC (inverter size) versus DC (additive of module wattages) to better match state policy.
• Systems 25kW AC and less will return to feeding their own loads first “behind the meter” and then feeding any excess generation back through a net meter where kWhs are “banked” at full retail to be used when needed. This also allows commercial systems of this size and smaller to offset their peak demand charges and gives the option to all systems owners less than 25kW to add batteries in the future to store their excess generation if so desired.
• This banking of kWhs at full retail will continue through the annual reconciliation date of March 1 at which time any excess generation will be zeroed out and start over.
• Full retail net metering continues until a penetration percentage of 3% of peak demand is reached at which time council will then decide if retail net metering continues to make sense/can change the feedback rate to something less than retail if deemed appropriate.
• Existing system owners with systems up to 100kW will be considered “grandfathered” at full retail for the time the original owner(s) maintain possession of their system. Grandfathering will be offered to systems fully installed and commissioned prior to 2/29/2020.

The return of favorable solar policy came about as a result of a joint effort between WindSolarUSA owner, Michelle Knox, who paid to have the ordinance drafted, City Council, and CWLP Management. Alderwoman Kristin DiCenso introduced the ordinance and was joined by Erin Conley, Andrew Proctor, Jim Donelan and Ralph Hanauner as co-sponsors. Solar is now alive and well in our capital city!

For more information, contact:
Michelle Knox, owner of WindSolarUSA, 217.825.4206,
Kristin DiCenso, Alderwoman Ward 6, 217.494.2975,

LLCC Sustain Springfield Green Map

The Sustain Springfield Green Map is a user-friendly, GIS-based, online resource that guides residents, visitors, organizations and businesses to sustainable or environmentally-friendly services, sites and amenities. Click below to bring up interactive map: Looking for a community garden, area park, recycling resources and more? Let the Sustain Springfield Green Map show the way! Open the… Continue Reading

2013 Downtown Holiday Planter Decorating

Thanks to Abby Walden, Public Works Waste and Recycling Department, for coordinating this event. SSI and UIS student organization S.A.G.E. are one of many groups decorating the downtown planters for the holidays. SSI and S.A.G.E. planned their designs to include white pines, aluminum cans, leftover green scraps from the Native Plant Society’s planter and members’… Continue Reading

2013 Paint the Street Fest

On July 20th the Springfield Art Association coordinated our communities 1st Paint the Street Fest. Sustainable Springfield Inc. contacted supporters and local organizations to collectively purchase street squares to paint a sustainable street mural. We put our brushes together and had a great time on the streets! Many thanks to Jubilee Farm, S.A.G.E., GPSI Student… Continue Reading

An Appeal from Don Hanrahan About Hunter Lake & Dam

  Just when you think this dinosaur might actually go extinct, it rears its ugly head.  I am writing to ask for your support and for that of the members of your groups/organizations.  Specifically, I seek notification of your members of this pressing environmental concern, and everyone’s input regarding planning for a large and critically important public… Continue Reading