Solar Urbana-Champaign 3.0 is a residential and commercial group purchasing program for solar.
Solar Urbana Champaign is back in 2018 with version 3.0! Offered by the City of Urbana, Prairie Rivers Network, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Champaign County and Piatt County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable.
Start by attending a Solar Power Hour. Our free information session teaches you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your property, and how the Solar Urbana-Champaign 3.0 program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site assessment from our competitively-selected installer. You have until
September 30 October 31, 2018 to decide whether to get solar through the program. The Solar Power Hour calendar and program updates will be posted on this page on an ongoing basis.
UPDATE 10/3/18: Right now the Solar Urbana-Champaign 3.0 program has commitments for 420 kW of solar on 33 properties and counting! This means we have surpassed the fourth and final milestone of 350 kW! At each milestone, the price comes down for everyone. The value of the rebate is $.10 per watt, the highest it can get for this program. Well done!!
And Community Solar Array (CSA) subscription reservations are now open: If you’re an Ameren Illinois electric customer, you will soon be able to easily make the switch to clean local solar electricity, while also saving about 10% on your electric supply costs! Reservation form and more information available here.
UPDATE 8/30/18: We have collectively surpassed our third benchmark: 250 kW, increasing the rebate to $.09/W for all participants.
UPDATE 8/20/18: We have collectively surpassed 150 kW of solar, meaning everyone gets 2% off for every kW they install through the program! Each benchmark triggers deeper discounts for everyone who gets solar through the program. Our next benchmark is 250 kW.
Also, the deadline for Solar Urbana Champaign 3.0 has been extended by one month! Due to popular demand, we will be adding more Solar Power Hours in Champaign County and Piatt County, and extending the deadline to October 31. Folks who sign contracts by October 1 will have solar by the end of 2018. Folks who sign by October 31 will get their array in early 2019.
UPDATE 6/26: We have collectively surpassed 50 kilowatts (kW) of solar! Our next benchmark is 150 kW. Each benchmark triggers deeper discounts for everyone who gets solar through the program.
Solar Power HoursSM
(all are FREE and open to the public):
5/16 Wednesday 6:30 PM UC Independent Media Center 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801
5/17 Thursday 6:30 PM City of Monticello Livingston Center 224 E. Livingston St., Monticello, IL 61856
5/22 Tuesday 6:30 PM Common Ground Food Co-op 300 S. Broadway Suite 166 Urbana, IL 61801
5/31 Thursday 6:30 PM Broadway Food Hall 401 N. Broadway Urbana, IL 61801
6/3 Sunday 5:30 PM Riggs Beer Company 1901 S High Cross Road, Urbana, IL 61802
6/7 Thursday 6:00 PM First Presbyterian Church, Monticello 214 S Charter St, Monticello, IL 61856
6/12 Tuesday 6:30 PM Bement Lions Club 117 S Macon St, Bement, IL 61813
6/20 Wednesday 6:30 PM Monarch Brewery 212 S Independence St, Monticello, IL 61856
6/27 Wednesday 6:30 PM Common Ground Food Co-op 300 S. Broadway Suite 166 Urbana, IL 61801
6/28 Thursday 12:00 PM U of I Facilities & Services 1501 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820
7/11 Wednesday 6:30 PM Prairie Rivers Network Office 1605 South State St. Suite 1, Champaign, IL 61820
7/12 Thursday 6:00 PM Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 2101 S Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL 61820
7/15 Sunday 11:00 AM First Presbyterian Church of Urbana 602 W Green St Urbana, Illinois 61801
7/17 Tuesday 6:00 PM Champaign Library – Robeson Pavilion Room C 200 W. Green St, Champaign, IL
7/19 Thursday 6:30 PM UC Independent Media Center 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801
7/23 Monday 6:30 PM Mahomet Public Library 1702 E. Oak St, Mahomet, Illinois 61853
7/31 Tuesday 6:30 PM Piatt County Farm Bureau 427 W Marion St # 2, Monticello, IL 61856
8/9 Thursday 6:30 PM Monarch Brewing Company 212 S Independence St, Monticello, IL 61856
9/6 Thursday 6:30 PM 25-O’Clock Brewery 208 W Griggs St, Urbana, IL 61801
9/12 Wednesday 6:30 PM UC Independent Media Center 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801
10/4 Thursday 6:30 PM Attie’s at Stone Creek 2600 S Stone Creek Blvd, Urbana, IL 61802
10/11 Thursday 6:00 PM University of Illinois Extension 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821 (Registration link)
10/17 Wednesday 6:30 PM Common Ground Food Co-op 300 S. Broadway Suite 166 Urbana, IL 61801
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