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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,

Solar Power – It’s Here!

To promote SSI’s mission of encouraging the Springfield area citizen and business community to live and operate more sustainably, SSI along with the Sangamon Valley Sierra Club hosted a panel discussion on solar panel installation in Springfield. The discussion took place on January 28, 2013 in downtown Springfield at Lincoln library and was free to… Continue Reading

Legal Action Against Springfield Coal Co. LLC

The following article is from the online Environmental & Energy News Site, Greenwire. Ill. pollution agency enforcement action bolsters enviros   The Illinois Pollution Control Board ruled last week that a coal mine in the state is liable for more than 600 water pollution violations. Advocates say the legal action against Springfield Coal Co. LLC… Continue Reading

Give wind farm plan a fair hearing, Harv Koplo’s Op-Ed to the Illinois State Journal-Register

Harv Koplo is a Board member of Sustainable Springfield This “In My View” piece appeared in the April 10th edition of the SJ-R While it is understandable that people would be afraid of new ideas and change in general, especially if it might impact their own neighborhood and property value, people need to be objective… Continue Reading

Congratulations President-Elect Barack Obama, Now please implement most of your Comprehensive Energy Plan

  Please check SSI’s Calendar page at for November’s Environmental Events November 5, 2008 On this historic day, I thought it appropriate that a portion of the President Elect’s Energy Plan ought to be posted. While I personally have difficulty in believing that coal can be burned for the sake of our planet, or… Continue Reading