Skokie is a member of the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium (NSEAC). The Consortium has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to launch the state's largest community solar program called the through the CS2 Residential and Small Commercial Program, which provides consumers easy and immediate access to new community solar farms in northern Illinois.
What Is Community Solar?
A community solar project is a single site solar installation that is shared by multiple consumers (termed
“subscribers”). Each subscriber receives credits for their share of the electricity generated by their community solar
installation (termed “net metering credits”). These net metering credits reduce the amount of electricity charged to
the subscriber’s account each month to yield cost savings. With community solar, subscribers can reduce their
monthly electric bills with solar without installing solar panels on their house or business.
Benefits of Community Solar Subscribers will save 20% off the supply portion of their electricity bill. It is also an easy way to support clean energy generation in Illinois. In addition, you do not have to invest in solar rooftop panels, which may not be right for everyone.
How Do I Sign-Up?
Visit www.northshorecommunitysolar.com to join the waitlist. You will need your ComEd bill handy. You are not obligated to participate by putting your name on the waitlist. MC Squared Services will be handling all of the sign-ups and account administration. Once you have submitted your information, they will contact you when a solar farm is ready. You will receive two emails - one from MC2 Community Solar, and another from firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line E-signature needed for Illinois Shines Community Solar Disclosure Form). Be sure to fill out the disclosure form BEFORE clicking on "Click Here to Enroll".
How Does Billing Work?
It is a two-stage process. After successfully completing the enrollment process, you will receive net metering credits on your ComEd bill. Then, after you have received your net metering credits for ComEd, MC Squared Energy Services, LLC will bill you for 80% of the net metering credits - leaving you with 20% of all net metering credits. You will also be able to see how your participation helps the environment each month!
For more detailed information on billing and for other Frequently Asked Questions, please click here. You do not need to contact the Village of Skokie to participate in the program. However, if you have questions or problems signing up, please call Liz Zimmerman, Assistant to the Public Works Director at 847-933-8427.
Looking into solar panels instead? The Village of Skokie is Solar-Friendly and received the bronze designation from Solsmart for making it faster and easier for homes and businesses to install solar panels.
For information on other sustainable initiatives, visit our Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission Page