Inside the ‘chaos’ enveloping Illinois’ distributed solar market

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media

Looking back on the evolution of state solar markets, Will Kenworthy — now Vote Solar’s Midwest regulatory director — remembers companies camping out overnight to turn in applications for incentives in New Jersey.

He recalls Xcel Energy representatives in a 2014 meeting hoping for 25 megawatts of applications in the first part of the utility’s community solar program. And he also remembers Xcel raking in applications for more than 400 megawatts in the program’s first week.

That cycle of state solar markets opening and quickly being flooded with interest are “just sort of the history of the industry,” according to Kenworthy.

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