Having passed in December of 2016, the Future Energy Jobs Act will create thousands of jobs and strengthen the Illinois economy while taking important steps towards our state’s clean energy future and preserving competitive rates. Among the most significant features of the legislation is the Illinois Solar for All Program, a groundbreaking solar deployment and job training initiative targeted at low-income and economically disadvantaged communities in every part of the state – rural and urban areas alike. In order to ensure that these communities see these benefits, it is essential the the Renewable Energy Resources Fund (RERF) is protected.
In order to ensure these funds are spent for their intended purpose, State Representative Emanuel Chris Welch introduced House Resolution 234/Senate Resolution 353. HR234/SR353 states that funds in the Renewable Energy Resource Fund, which were paid for by Illinois electric customers, must be preserved and maintained for the Illinois Solar-for-All program as established by the Future Energy Jobs Act, and protected from sweeps, interagency transfers, or other reallocation of those funds away from their statutory purposes. No additional ratepayer or taxpayer dollars are requested.
The Renewable Energy Resources Fund should be used for its intended purposes, including incentivizing low-income rooftop solar projects, allowing low-income families to subscribe to community solar projects on a local school, church, brownfield or business, and helping non-profits to install solar on low-income, single family homes. The Future Energy Jobs Act takes effect on June 1, 2017. Community organizations, training organizations and developers are working to identify projects and opportunities now. Please support HR234/SR353 to make sure they have access to the resources they've been promised.