Section 461.10  Definitions


Terms defined in Section 16-128A of the Act shall have the same meaning for purposes of this Part as they have under Section 16-128A of the Act, unless further defined in this Part.


"Act" means the Public Utilities Act [220 ILCS 5].


"Applicant" means an entity that files an application with the Illinois Commerce Commission requesting certification pursuant to Section 16-128A of the Act to be an installer of new solar projects.


"Certificate holder" means an entity that has received certification pursuant to this Part and that is in good standing with the Commission.


"Commission" means the Illinois Commerce Commission.


"Company", when used in connection with a public utility, includes any corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership or individual, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, holding, operating, controlling or managing such a public utility, but not municipal corporations. "Company", when used other than in connection with a public utility, includes any corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, firm or partnership, but does not include municipal corporations. [220 ILCS 5/3-112]


"Corporation" includes any corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, but not municipal corporations. [220 ILCS 5/3-113]


"Directly supervised" means that there is a person on-site at the new solar project who meets the qualifications to perform solar installations and who is available for consultation and review of work performed by apprentices or electrical contractors who are performing installations.


"Entity" means a company, corporation, person or limited liability partnership that is involved in the business of installing utility-scale generation.


"Illinois Community College Board" means the State coordinating board for community colleges that administers the Public Community College Act [110 ILCS 805] in a manner that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their communities.


"Install" means to perform the electrical wiring and connections necessary to interconnect the new solar project with the electric utility's transmission or distribution system at the point of interconnection between the project and the utility. "Install" in this Part specifically does not mean:


Electrical wiring and connections to interconnect the new solar project performed by utility workers;


Electrical wiring and connections internal to the new solar project performed by the manufacturer;


The on-site construction and installation of a solar panel or a collector substation; or  


Tasks relating to construction, planning and project management performed by individuals such as an inspector, management planner, consultant, project designer or contractor for the project or their employees.


"NEC" means the National Electrical Code adopted by the National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy MA 02169 (NFPA 70), effective August 24 2016.


"Person" means an individual, firm, limited liability company, or co-partnership. [220 ILCS 5/3-114]


"Qualified person" means a person who performs installations on behalf of the certificate holder and who has completed at least one of the following programs requiring lab or field work and received a certification of satisfactory completion: an apprenticeship as a journeyman electrician from a USDOL-registered or an applicable state-agency-registered electrical apprenticeship and training program; a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) distributed generation technology certification program; an electrical training program for in-house employees established and administered by an electric utility regulated by the Commission; or an Associate in Applied Science degree from an Illinois Community College Board-approved community college program in solar generation technology.


"New solar projects" means utility-scale solar projects for which the installation begins on or after June 1, 2017.


"USDOL-registered electrician apprenticeship program" means an electrician apprenticeship training program that is registered with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).


"USDOL certification of satisfactory completion" means that the person has received a nationally recognized and portable certificate of completion from an electrician apprenticeship program that is registered with USDOL.


"Utility-scale solar project" has the meaning ascribed in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act [20 ILCS 3855/1-10].