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FINANCE
(30 ILCS 725/) Comprehensive Solar Energy Act of 1977.

30 ILCS 725/1

    (30 ILCS 725/1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7301)
    Sec. 1. Title. This Act may be cited as the Comprehensive Solar Energy Act of 1977.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)

30 ILCS 725/1.1

    (30 ILCS 725/1.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7302)
    Sec. 1.1. Legislative Findings. The General Assembly finds:
    (a) that the public health, safety, and welfare of the People of the State of Illinois require that an adequate supply of energy be made available to them at all times;
    (b) that at the present time existing energy sources are becoming more limited;
    (c) that it is the responsibility of the State government to encourage the use of alternative renewable energy sources;
    (d) that solar energy systems are an effective and feasible means of reducing the dependence of the State government and the People of the State on non-State energy sources and of conserving valuable fossil fuel and other non-renewable energy sources; and
    (e) that it is in the public interest to define solar energy systems, demonstrate solar energy feasibility, apply incentives for using solar energy, educate the public on solar feasibility, study solar energy application, and coordinate governmental programs affecting solar energy.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

30 ILCS 725/1.2

    (30 ILCS 725/1.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7303)
    Sec. 1.2. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    (a) "Solar Energy" means radiant energy received from the sun at wave lengths suitable for heat transfer, photosynthetic use, or photovoltaic use.
    (b) "Solar collector" means
        (1) An assembly, structure, or design, including
    
passive elements, used for gathering, concentrating, or absorbing direct or indirect solar energy, specially designed for holding a substantial amount of useful thermal energy and to transfer that energy to a gas, solid, or liquid or to use that energy directly; or
        (2) A mechanism that absorbs solar energy and
    
converts it into electricity; or
        (3) A mechanism or process used for gathering solar
    
energy through wind or thermal gradients; or
        (4) A component used to transfer thermal energy to a
    
gas, solid, or liquid, or to convert it into electricity.
    (c) "Solar storage mechanism" means equipment or elements (such as piping and transfer mechanisms, containers, heat exchangers, or controls thereof, and gases, solids, liquids, or combinations thereof) that are utilized for storing solar energy, gathered by a solar collector, for subsequent use.
    (d) "Solar energy system" means
        (1)(a) A complete assembly, structure, or design of
    
a solar collector, or a solar storage mechanism, which uses solar energy for generating electricity or for heating or cooling gases, solids, liquids, or other materials;
        (b) The design, materials, or elements of a system
    
and its maintenance, operation, and labor components, and the necessary components, if any, of supplemental conventional energy systems designed or constructed to interface with a solar energy system; and
        (c) Any legal, financial, or institutional orders,
    
certificates, or mechanisms, including easements, leases, and agreements, required to ensure continued access to solar energy, its source, or its use in a solar energy system, and including monitoring and educational elements of a demonstration project.
        (2) "Solar energy system" does not include
            (a) Distribution equipment that is equally usable
        
in a conventional energy system except for such components of such equipment as are necessary for meeting the requirements of efficient solar energy utilization; and
            (b) Components of a solar energy system that
        
serve structural, insulating, protective, shading, aesthetic, or other non-solar energy utilization purposes, as defined in the regulations of the Department; and
            (c) Any facilities of a public utility used to
        
transmit or distribute gas or electricity.
    (e) "Solar Skyspace" means
        (1) The maximum three dimensional space extending
    
from a solar energy collector to all positions of the sun necessary for efficient use of the collector.
        (2) Where a solar energy system is used for heating
    
purposes only, "solar skyspace" means the maximum three dimensional space extending from a solar energy collector to all positions of the sun between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Local Apparent Time from September 22 through March 22 of each year.
        (3) Where a solar energy system is used for cooling
    
purposes only, "solar skyspace" means the maximum three dimensional space extending from a solar energy collector to all positions of the sun between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Local Apparent Time from March 23 through September 21.
    (f) "Solar skyspace easement" means
        (1) a right, whether or not stated in the form of a
    
restriction, easement, covenant, or condition, in any deed, will, or other instrument executed by or on behalf of any owner of land or solar skyspace or in any order of taking, appropriate to protect the solar skyspace of a solar collector at a particularly described location to forbid or limit any or all of the following where detrimental to access to solar energy.
            (a) structures on or above ground;
            (b) vegetation on or above the ground; or
            (c) other activity;
        (2) and which shall specifically describe a solar
    
skyspace in three dimensional terms in which the activity, structures, or vegetation are forbidden or limited or in which such an easement shall set performance criteria for adequate collection of solar energy at a particular location.
    (g) "Conventional Energy System" shall mean an energy system utilizing fossil fuel, nuclear or hydroelectric energy and the components of such system, including transmission lines, burners, furnaces, tanks, boilers, related controls, distribution systems, room or area units and other components.
    (h) "Supplemental Conventional Energy System" shall mean a conventional energy system utilized for providing energy in conjunction with a solar energy system that provides not less than ten percent of the energy for the particular end use. "Supplemental Conventional Energy System" does not include any facilities of a public utility used to produce, transmit, distribute or store gas or electricity.
    (i) "Joint Solar Energy System" shall mean a solar energy system that supplies energy for structures or processes on more than one lot or in more than one condominium unit or leasehold, but not to the general public and involving at least two owners or users.
    (j) "Unit of Local Government" shall mean county, municipality, township, special districts, including school districts, and units designated as units of local government by law, which exercise limited governmental powers.
    (k) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or its successor agency.
    (l) "Public Energy Supplier" shall mean
        (1) A public utility as defined in an Act concerning
    
Public Utilities, approved June 29, 1921, as amended; or
        (2) A public utility that is owned or operated by any
    
political subdivision or municipal corporation of this State, or owned by such political subdivision or municipal corporation and operated by any of its lessees or operating agents; or
        (3) An electric cooperative as defined in Section
    
10.19 of An Act concerning Public Utilities, approved June 29, 1921, as amended.
    (m) "Energy Use Sites" shall mean sites where energy is or may be used or consumed for generating electricity or for heating or cooling gases, solids, liquids, or other materials and where solar energy may be used cost effectively, as defined in the regulations of the Department, consistent with the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

30 ILCS 725/2.1

    (30 ILCS 725/2.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7304)
    Sec. 2.1. Delegation of Authority.
    (a) There is created the Illinois Comprehensive Solar Energy Program, hereinafter referred to as the Program, elements of which are specified in Sections 2.1 through 8.2 of this Act.
    (b) Primary authority and responsibility for the supervision and implementation of the Program is vested in the Department.
    (c) The Director of the Department shall carry out the Program and shall accept, receive, expend, and administer for the benefit of the People of this State any gifts, grants, legacies, or other funds or monies made available from either public or private sources.
    (d) The Department shall acquire and collect information; shall represent the State before all agencies, governmental bodies, or commissions; and shall promulgate necessary regulations.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

30 ILCS 725/2.2

    (30 ILCS 725/2.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7305)
    Sec. 2.2. Cooperation with Other Entities. The Department shall make full use of the resources and facilities of and cooperate with existing state agencies, commissions, private and public academic institutions, business, civic, professional and industrial entities, and units of local government in carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/2.3

    (30 ILCS 725/2.3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7306)
    Sec. 2.3. Public Access to Department Files, Records, and Information. All files, records, data, and other information of the Department regarding solar energy systems shall be open and available to reasonable public inspection, use, and copying, except for confidential or proprietary information, as defined in the regulations of the Department, and internal communications within the Department or between the Department and other state agencies and units of local government.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/3.1

    (30 ILCS 725/3.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7307)
    Sec. 3.1. Demonstration Projects. The Department shall prepare a plan for instituting a variety of solar energy system demonstration projects in public and private buildings or for public and private use throughout the state and prior to implementation shall make such plan available to the Energy Resources Commission.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/4.1

    (30 ILCS 725/4.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7308)
    Sec. 4.1. Incentive Program. The Department may conduct policy studies in conjunction with appropriate state agencies. The Department, in cooperation with appropriate state agencies, shall develop an incentive program for encouraging the construction and use of cost effective solar energy systems within this state. The Department shall make recommendations concerning findings to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The incentive program shall include:
    (a) Study of laws, regulations, ordinances, rules and plans for the purpose of determining the extent to which such laws, regulations, ordinances, rules and plans inhibit or encourage the use of solar energy systems;
    (b) Study of the market penetration of solar energy system; and
    (c) Study of solar skyspace protection.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

30 ILCS 725/5.1

    (30 ILCS 725/5.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7309)
    Sec. 5.1. Assistance Program. Pursuant to the authority delegated the Department by Section 2.1 hereof, the Department may provide upon request whatever assistance the Department determines to be appropriate in the circumstances and consistent with the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/6.1

    (30 ILCS 725/6.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7310)
    Sec. 6.1. Public Education. The Department may, in cooperation with other state agencies, units of local government, and other institutions, plan, prepare, and develop educational programs for the public regarding the use, impact on, and relation of solar energy systems to users, producers, and suppliers of energy, financial institutions, governmental energy programs and policies, the use of our natural resources and the environment, and other such matters.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/6.2

    (30 ILCS 725/6.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7311)
    Sec. 6.2. Coordination with Educational Bodies. To the fullest extent feasible, the Department shall leave the responsibility for actually implementing and carrying out the solar energy educational plan's school programs to existing state agencies, units of local government, and other institutions already having authority for educating the public or certain portions of the public.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/7.1

    (30 ILCS 725/7.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7312)
    Sec. 7.1. Study of Public Energy Suppliers and Solar Energy. The Department may conduct policy studies pertaining to this Section in cooperation with appropriate State agencies. The Department shall, in cooperation with the Illinois Commerce Commission, study the relationship between public energy suppliers and the use of solar energy systems and shall make recommendations concerning its findings to the General Assembly along with any appropriate legislative recommendations. The studies shall determine ways in which to:
    (a) Integrate the supply of conventional energy as supplemental energy for solar energy systems at reasonable rates and under reasonable conditions of service; and
    (b) Minimize the economic and load impact on public energy suppliers of the use of solar energy systems.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

30 ILCS 725/7.2

    (30 ILCS 725/7.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7313)
    Sec. 7.2. Study Design. The study authorized in Section 7.1 shall consider:
    (a) Rate schedule design to encourage the use of solar energy systems, and to provide supplemental conventional energy at reasonable rates;
    (b) Mechanisms that can be used to reduce the cost of supplemental energy supply to users of solar energy systems; and
    (c) Criteria for the selection of power plant sites that consider the potential use of solar energy systems as a part of the load forecast projections in the services area of public energy suppliers.
(Source: P.A. 80-430.)

30 ILCS 725/7.3

    (30 ILCS 725/7.3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7314)
    Sec. 7.3. Study of Solar Energy System Regulation. The Department shall, in cooperation with the Illinois Commerce Commission, study the proper enforcement and regulatory mechanisms for use of joint solar energy systems and for public energy supplier provision of solar energy systems, and shall make recommendations concerning its findings to the General Assembly. Study of joint solar energy systems shall consider:
    (a) Costs of the regulatory system and the size of the user;
    (b) Need for use of the power of eminent domain;
    (c) Rate regulation; and
    (d) Effects on service areas, costs of provision of service, and other characteristics of the existing public energy supplier in the area so as to prevent undue economic hardship to the public energy supplier and its customers and to encourage solar energy use.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

30 ILCS 725/7.4

    (30 ILCS 725/7.4) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7315)
    Sec. 7.4. Provision of Solar Energy Systems by Public Energy Suppliers. The funding and provision of solar energy systems shall be a valid service and purpose of a public energy supplier within its service area, as defined in Section 3.17 of the Electric Supplier Act, except that no individual, corporation, institution or unit of government shall be barred from funding or providing a solar energy system within the service area of any public energy supplier. For the purpose of this Act, the term "service area" shall apply to gas suppliers.
(Source: P.A. 80-430.)

30 ILCS 725/8.1

    (30 ILCS 725/8.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7316)
    Sec. 8.1. Funding. For carrying out the purposes of this Act and the Program described herein, the Department shall utilize such funds as are provided to it from any source subject to appropriation.
(Source: P.A. 82-592.)

30 ILCS 725/8.2

    (30 ILCS 725/8.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7317)
    Sec. 8.2. (a) Any purchaser of a solar energy system may apply to the Department for a refund of 20%, but no more than $1,000, of the total cost of the design, construction, equipment and installation of the system if:
    (1) the installation of the system was completed after December 31, 1985 and before January 1, 1988;
    (2) the system is installed on the person's property within this State; and
    (3) the system is certified by the Department pursuant to this Section.
    (b) Claims for refunds shall be made on forms provided by the Department. No more than one claim, other than an amended claim, may be made by a person during any calendar year. No claim under this Section may be allowed for costs incurred more than 2 years before the claim is filed.
    (c) The Department shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
    (d) Any person who, with the intent to defraud, submits any false information to the Department in connection with a claim under this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (e) The refund program shall be operated by the Department only when the Department receives State appropriations, or grants, or funds from other sources which may be used for the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)