FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A 2007 Illinois bill created the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), which created a substantial budget for programs and incentives to reduce electrical energy usage and demand for customers of investor-owned electric utilities (ComEd and Ameren Illinois). The investor-owned gas utilities (Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas) were added to the program in 2011. The first three buttons on the left summarize incentive programs available to customers of the investor-owned utilities.

Some other utility providers also have energy efficiency incentive programs. See the button on the right.

Information about other funding programs is included in each section as applicable.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is another good, comprehensive resource for funding information, including residential programs.

Questions about energy efficiency funding? See an error? Contact SEDAC Implementation Coordinator Holly Nelson holly@sedac.org.

Illinois Energy Now Incentives at a Glance

Incentives at a Glance All Incentives at a Glance

 

Energy incentive funding availability summary for this program year ( for both public and private sector clients.) New round of funding will be available after June 1st. Please note: Incentive levels may be different from this year.

Incentives for customers of investor-owned utility providers (EEPS)
PY7 Incentives at-a-glance
Incentives for customers of other utility providers
Public Entity
Private Entity
Non Profit Entity
Non-EEPS Entity

Public

Click the program names below to see more details. Current promotions are highlighted (updated December 19, 2014).

A summary of public sector DCEO application assistance is now available.

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Illinois Energy Now Standard and Custom Incentive Program

The primary source of energy efficiency incentives for public sector entities.

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. Public sector participants can be from federal, state, or local government units, including county, township, and municipal facilities; library, water, and park districts; public schools, community colleges, and public universities.

Funding is limited. Some incentive accounts will likely run out of funding before the end of the program year. Click here for a Mid-Year update. Clik here to see funding status.

Incentives:

The Standard Incentive Program provides set incentive levels for common retrofits for Lighting, HVAC, Water Heaters, Motors, Variable Frequency Drives and Kitchen Equipment. The Custom Incentive Program provides incentives for energy efficiency improvements not listed in the Standard Incentive Program. Both the Standard and Custom Incentive Programs are focused on offsetting the costs of improvements that require capital investment in new equipment.

DCEO Illinois Energy Now Incentives Summary

Special Programs:

Get an overview of the DCEO incentives and application process by watching SEDAC’s webinar recordings.

Special programs for design assistance, incentive application assistance, new construction, retrocommissioning, and boiler tune-ups. See separate entries below.

Promotions:

Sweet Deal Bonus: Receive an additional bonus on projects and final applications completed February 14, 2015 (5% bonus).

Double-Up Natural Gas Bonus: Continuing for this program year only. Rate is $3/therm until funding runs out. Next year the rate will be $2/therm.

Qualified public facilities new to Illinois Energy Now incentives may receive a limited number of free, easy-to-install energy saving products through the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's Savings Through Efficient Products program (MEEA STEP). See separate entry below.

Application:

DCEO Illinois Energy Now Standard and Custom Incentive Program

Application Deadlines:

The Final Application, reflecting the measures and equipment actually installed, must be submitted within 45 days of project completion and no later than May 8, 2015, provided a Pre-approval Application was submitted by April 1, 2015. No Final Applications for new projects will be accepted after April 1, 2015, unless a Pre-approval Application was submitted by April 1, 2015.

Contact Info:

1-800-214-7954, illinois.energy@illinois.gov

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Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector New Construction Incentive Program

Incentives for new buildings and major renovations in the public sector.

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. Public sector participants can be from federal, state, or local government units, including county, township, and municipal facilities; library, water, and park districts; public schools, community colleges, and public universities.

Eligibility is limited to new construction projects and existing building renovations (with a change of occupancy type) that exceed 15,000 square feet; or existing building renovations (without a change of occupancy type) that exceed 50,000 square feet; producing electrical and/or natural gas savings through efficiency improvements in buildings, equipment, or process. Projects that are ineligible for the New Construction Program may use the Standard and Custom Incentives program through DCEO.

Incentives:

Prescriptive Incentives are based on specific measures, which exceed code. The building as a whole must still meet the overall minimal code requirements and funding is available for specific areas which exceed code.

Custom Incentives will be set based on how far beyond the Illinois Energy Conservation Code for Commercial Buildings (IL ECC) that the whole building or the building components will be constructed. The Base Incentive rate for the New Construction Program will be $0.08 per kWh saved and $2.00 per therm saved. This is to encourage applicants to design the building to achieve the greatest level of energy efficiency.

High Performance Design Bonus funding is available for projects that use whole building energy modeling.  The Bonus will be based on the percentage of beyond code energy cost savings.

More information about New Construction Incentives Program

Special Programs:

Design assistance during the planning process is available at no cost from SEDAC. See our New Construction page.

Promotions:

2014-2015 program year incentive forms have been released.

Application:

DCEO Illinois Energy Now New Construction Incentive Program

Application Deadlines:

Pre-approval application MUST be submitted by April 1, 2015. Final application no later than May 8, 2015.

Contact Info:

Jean Ascoli, 217-244-7755, jlascoli@illinois.edu

Kristine Chalifoux, 217-244-1315, kmchalif@illinois.edu

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector Retro-commissioning (RCx) Program

A program for tuning existing controls systems in large public sector buildings.

Eligibility:

Eligibility for the 2014-2015 program year is limited to public sector entities that have electric service delivered by Ameren Illinois or ComEd utilities. Local or state governments, K-12 school districts, community colleges, and public universities are eligible to apply. Note: Entities receiving natural gas from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas may also be eligible for inclusion of natural gas savings measures.

Applicant eligibility is limited to existing buildings that:

  • are more than 5 years old*
  • exceed 150,000 square feet*
  • have a functioning building automation system with a minimum of guest access for the RCx provider, and
  • have an energy use index showing a potential to produce significant electrical (and natural gas) savings through RCx.

    *  Preferably, the facility should be at least 5 years old and exceed 150,000 square feet.  However, newer and smaller buildings with a high energy savings potential may be considered.

RCx program participants must commit funding of at least $10,000 and must begin implementation within the current fiscal year. Selected measures must be completed within the sooner of 10 months or by March 31, 2016.

Incentives:

The RCx program is an 18 month to 24 month partnership between the RCx provider and the building stakeholders for investigation and optimization of building operations. The RCx provider's services are offered free of charge by DCEO.

Special Programs:

SEDAC Mini-Retrocommissioning may be an option for smaller buildings. See separate entry below.

Application:

DCEO Illinois Energy Now Retrocommissioning Program

Retrocommissioning Notice of Interest Form (submit prior to program application for pre-approval)

Contact Info:

Robert Irmiger, 360EG SEDAC Program Manager, 312-546-9961, Robert@360eg.com

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector Mini-Retro-commissioning (RCx) Program

A program for tuning controls in small to medium public sector buildings.

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. Building must be between 20,000-150,000 square feet. Client must be willing and able to provide access to facilities and site personnel for two site visits and provide permission to access electric hourly interval data and monthly gas data. Client must willing and able to provide access to facilities and site personnel for two site visits and provide permission to access electric hourly interval data and monthly gas data.

Incentives:

Mini-retro-commissioning is a pilot program available for public sector entities who don't qualify for the standard retro-commissioning program. The process takes 2-4 months and has no mandatory cost for the client. The goals of the program include:

  • Identify readily achievable savings opportunities through a quick review of energy use profiles and inspection of system scheduling
  • Aim at HVAC system scheduling and temperature set points
  • Identify potential for natural gas savings
  • Typically include two site visits, analysis, and reporting.

Application:

Available upon request. Contact Todd Rusk (see below).

Contact Info:

Todd Rusk, 217-333-8955, trusk@illinois.edu

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Natural Gas Boiler Tune-Up Program

A program for public sector boiler maintenance. Also includes incentives for pipe insulation and steam trap repairs.

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. Public sector participants can be from federal, state, or local government units, including county, township, and municipal facilities; library, water, and park districts; public schools, community colleges, and public universities.

Incentives:

The Boiler Tune-Up Program encourages the owners of natural gas boilers to invest in a Boiler Tune-Up conducted by a qualified contractor. The Boiler Tune-Up should result, on average, in up to 6 percent efficiency gain in the operation of the boiler resulting in payback periods in most cases of less than six months. The program provides the following incentives for increasing the natural gas efficiency within the boiler and distribution system:

  • Boiler Tune-Up: $0.50/kBtuh (1kBtuh = 1,000 Btuh)
  • Pipe Insulation new/repair: $8-$20 per linear foot Insulated       
  • Steam Trap new/repair: $200-$600 per Steam Trap
  • Steam Trap Survey: $30 per trap
  • Boiler Reset Controls: $0.75 per kBtuh (1kBtuh = 1,000 Btuh)      
  • Parallel Positioning Control System: $3.00 per therm saved

Special Programs:

Payment can be made from DCEO to a third party/vendor, allowing the customer to receive an instant discount.

Application:

DCEO Illinois Energy Now Boiler Tune-Up Program

Application Deadlines:

May 15, 2015.

Contact Info:

Brian Katamay, 312-355-2019, boiler@uic.edu

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program

A program for design, construction, and initial production of combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Eligibility:

The CHP Pilot Program provides cash incentives for combined heat and power (CHP) projects that increase energy efficiency of local governments, municipal corporations, public school districts, community college districts, public universities, and state/federal facilities located in the service territories of Commonwealth Edison (“ComEd”), Ameren Illinois (“Ameren”), Nicor Gas (“Nicor”), Peoples Gas (“Peoples”), and/or North Shore Gas (“North Shore”).

Note: private sector CHP projects may apply under their utility's custom application program.

Incentives:

The CHP Pilot Program is structured with performance based incentives to provide financial assistance during various stages of a project, including after the design phase, commissioning, and after 12 months of measured operational performance:

  • Design Incentive: $75/kW capacity (following completion of the design phase) 
  • Constructive Incentive: $175/kW capacity (following successful commissioning of the system) 
  • Production Incentive: $0.08/kWh (η ≥ 70% HHV) OR $0.06/kWh (60% ≤ η < 70% HHV) of “useful electric energy” produced (after 12 months of operation based on meeting the measured operating requirements of the system)

For Conventional CHP systems to qualify, the minimum measured performance level must be an annual energy efficiency of 60% with at least 20% of the system’s waste heat energy output in the form of useful thermal energy utilized in the facility. 

Application:

DCEO Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program

Application Deadlines:

November 21, 2014. Must include an engineering feasibility analysis.

Contact Info:

Patrick Brown, 312-996-5055, prbrown@uic.edu

SEDAC
SEDAC Design Assistance Energy Assessments

Free help for public, private, and nonprofit agencies to identify and plan for energy efficiency projects.

Eligibility:

Public, private, or nonprofit sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. 

Incentives:

All services from SEDAC are funded through Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and are free of charge for customers in the eligible service delivery areas above. Services include:

  • Level 1: quick advice over the phone or email
  • Level 2: site visit, design review, and energy assessment
  • Level 3: detailed design assistance
  • Level 4: implementation assistance

More information on SEDAC's Design Assistance Energy Assessments.

Application:

SEDAC Energy Assessment Application

Contact Info:

800-214-7954, info@sedac.org

Efficient Living Illinois
Public Housing Authority (PHA) Efficient Living Illinois

A program for public housing managers and residents to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy into their buildings.

Eligibility:

This program encourages public housing authorities and their residents to incorporate renewable energy systems and energy cost reduction practices into their daily operations. For more information, visit the PHA Website.

Contact Info:

Kate Brown, 217-244-6769 or cbrown4@illinois.edu

Lights for Learning
Illinois Lights for Learning Fundraiser

A program for schools and other educational groups to raise money by selling energy efficient equipment

Eligibility:

The school or organization participating in the Lights for Learning fundraiser must be within Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas service delivery territories. Eligibility can be extended beyond schools to groups such as park districts and museums, the Boy Scouts of America, church groups, and 4-H Clubs.

Incentives:

The Illinois Lights for Learning Fundraiser is a unique educational opportunity for Illinois students to earn money for their school or organization by selling money saving, energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) and other energy efficiency products.

Participating schools keep 50% of the proceeds and presentations are provided to educate students and their community about the environmental and financial benefits of energy efficiency.  The program is administered for Illinois by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

More information on Lights for Learning.

Special Programs:

Participating schools may also be interested in the Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) Program. Details are in separate entry below.

Contact Info:

Catherine Krasner, 312-784-7259, ckrasner@mwalliance.org

Savings Through Efficient Projects
Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP)

Help for public agencies getting started in energy efficiency

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. STEP is funded by DCEO Illinois Energy Now. This program is intended to target facilities that have not had prior funding from Illinois Energy Now.

Incentives:

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (MEEA) Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) works with qualified public facilities new to Illinois Energy Now to distribute a limited number of free, easy-to-install energy saving products. STEP serves a limited number of facilities, so please join the wait list today to find out if you qualify. The Green Nozzle program is now integrated into STEP.

Process:

  • Schedule and participate in a facility walkthrough to gather product counts.
  • Install the free products shipped to your facility and begin saving energy, money and maintenance time
  • Discover additional incentives, rebates, programs and educational opportunities
  • Use your 15% Off Illinois Energy Now Partner Bonus Coupon on your next energy-saving project

Free products include low-flow faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, kitchen pre-rinse green nozzles, CFLs, vending machine controls, occupancy sensors, and LED screw-in bulbs for outdoors.

Contact Info:

Join the waiting list for the 2015 program year to find out if you qualify for the program.

Catherine Krasner, 312-784-7259, step@mwalliance.org

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector Application Assistance - Illinois Association of County Board Members (IACBM)

Free help with DCEO applications for public agencies

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric and/or natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, or North Shore Gas. IACBM may work with public sector agencies outside of Cook County. This program is funded by DCEO.

Incentives:

The Illinois Association of County Board Members (IACBM) offers FREE application assistance to public sector agencies that may not have the technical resources to apply for DCEO incentives.

IACBM can also provide technical assistance, Illinois Energy Now outreach and marketing, one-on-one and group presentations, knowledge and experience with other energy efficiency grant and financing programs, and an online toolkit. IACBM is an Illinois Energy Now One-Stop-Shop for all things energy efficient!

More information on IACBM Application Assistance.

Contact Info:

Carol Kulek, 217-741-2489, kulek79@aol.com

Don Fournier, 217-840-1224, donald.fournier1@gmail.com

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector Aggregation Program - Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (360 Energy Group)

Free help with DCEO applications for public agencies.

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric and/or natural gas delivery service from ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. This program is funded by DCEO.

Incentives:

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (in partnership with 360 Energy Group) offers FREE application assistance to public agencies that may not have the technical resources to apply for DCEO incentives.

360 Energy Group can help with project analysis and development, cost estimates, bidding and specification advice. IL DCEO Applications and funding are processed by MMC and 360 Energy Group directly for participants. They can also provide assistance with obtaining other funding sources as applicable.

More information on the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Aggregation Program.

Contact Info:

Mike Stanch, 312-403-5835, michael@360eg.com

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector Incentive Mobile App - 360 Energy Group

Free app for investigating DCEO public sector incentives.

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric and/or natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. 

Incentives:

This free mobile app has a list of projects that are eligible for energy efficiency funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Enter information about your equipment size, quantity, and efficiency to determine how much you can expect to receive.

This app does not substitute for actually filling out your DCEO paperwork.

Download:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilpsee-by-360eg/id658842238?mt=8

Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paradigmtech.energy_e360

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)

A supplementary source of funding for public sector and nonprofit clean energy and energy efficiency projects

Eligibility:

All qualifying applicants considered a unit of government or a federally recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization are eligible for funding from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).

Incentives:

ICECF offers grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including lighting, model energy efficient systems, high performance green buildings, design and commissioning, existing building energy efficiency improvements, wastewater treatment plants, solar, wind, and biomass energy. Separate applications are required for various program areas. Most programs have two deadlines per year. Application must be submitted while project is in the planning and design phase (prior to purchase and installation).

See ICECF website for more details.

Application:

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Application Process

Application Deadlines:

Different for each type of grant program.

Contact Info:

312-372-5191, info@illinoiscleanenergy.org

Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Board of Education Energy Grants

Funding for energy efficiency projects in public schools

Eligibility:

Any Local Educational Agency (school district, charter school, public university laboratory school approved by the ISBE, area vocational center, or special education cooperative).

Eligible work includes improvement, repair, alteration, or betterment of any building or facility owned or operated by an eligible applicant. Any equipment fixture, or furnishing to be added to or used in any building or facility is subject to the building  code authorized in Section 2-3.12 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/2-3.12].

The School Energy Efficiency Project Grant application process is closed and no future funding is expected at this time.

Contact Info:

More information

Debbie Hemberger, School Business Services Division, 217-785-8779, dhemberg@isbe.net

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Energy Performance Contracting Program

Guidance for public agencies considering energy performance contracts

Eligibility:

Public sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. Public sector participants can be from federal, state, or local government units, including county, township, and municipal facilities; library, water, and park districts; public schools, community colleges, and public universities.

Incentives:

DCEO offers guidance free of charge to public entities considering entering into an energy performance contract.

Energy Performance Contracting is an innovative arrangement for designing, installing and financing energy improvement projects where the savings achieved by the project are guaranteed to amortize the cost of the project over the term of the agreement. Savings range from 20-30% of annual utility cost.

EPC agreements are typically ten years in length, are adaptable to site specific needs and are best suited for facilities that have the following characteristics:

  • Annual utility cost in excess of $100,000
  • Stable use of the facility for the next five to ten years
  • Minimal availability of funds for energy related capital improvements
  • Have accomplished minimal energy efficiency upgrades over the past ten years

More information about the DCEO Energy Performance Contracting Program

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

Eligibility:

Bonding authority has been sub-allocated to counties and municipalities with populations over 100,000. Each Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Allocatee has complete discretion over the use of their own respective QECB allocation. Additionally, a QECB Allocatee has complete discretion to designate a maximum of 30% its QECB allocation for private activity purposes [including 501(c)(3) entities or for-profit development companies]. Accordingly, a minimum of 70% must be designated for government purpose projects. Entities within the designated jurisdictions may apply.

Incentives:

QECB’s are a taxable tax credit bond. The governmental issuer, or private activity borrower, of the QECB financing is eligible for a 70% rebate on the interest paid to the bondholders.

Eligible projects include:

  • Governmental projects including capital projects in publicly owned buildings and facilities that reduce energy consumption by at least 20%
  • Capital projects undertaken by nongovernmental entities and used to finance energy conservation projects on privately owned property
  • Mass commuting facilities and related facilities that reduce the consumption of energy, including capital expenditures to reduce pollution from vehicles used for mass commuting
  • Rural development projects that involve production of electricity from renewable energy sources
  • Any facility eligible for the Production Tax Credit under U.S. Code, Title 26, Section 45
  • Research in the development of alternative energy and battery technologies
  • Demonstration projects in alternative energy or energy efficiency

Application:

Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program Information and Application

Contact Info:

Brad Fletcher, 312-651-1329, bfletcher@il-fa.com

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Eligibility:

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is for building operators with two or more years experience in building operation and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field.

Eligibility for certification is based on work experience and education, AND completion of BOC classes, exams and on-the-job projects.

Incentives:

BOC is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventive maintenance. Building operators using the energy-efficient procedures and tools learned in BOC training can cut annual electricity use by 15% or more. BOC is sponsored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

Installing new technology is only half the story. In order to get the most out of your building, operations and maintenance staff must learn to manage and analyze energy usage properly. BOC provides access to the latest information, a network of peers and resources, and the tools needed to excel in energy conservation efforts.

Two levels of certification are available, requiring a time committment of about 74 hours for each level. Tuition is about $1300 for each level as of early 2014.

Special Programs:

BOC Veterans Program gives veterans free training and certification, access to job openings, help with applications, and guidance from a mentor.

Operators in the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s and North Shore Gas service territory may be eligible for a tuition rebate upon completion of all coursework and certification requirements.

Application:

Building Operator Certification Registration

Contact Info:

Jennifer Allen, 312-784-7243, jallen@mwalliance.org

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois

Eligibility:

Private, non-profit, and public entities can become certified through the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA).

Incentives:

IGBA's certification process has three steps: a checklist assessment of the current state of your facility and operational practices, implementation of green practices your business is not yet using, and verification of implementation. Upon certification, IGBA will send you a certificate, a window decal, educational posters and other materials to help you spread the word about your sustainable practices. Your business will also be listed on the IGBA website and included in marketing materials.

Fees are tailored to the size of the business. The base rate is $750.

More information about IGBA and certification.

Contact Info:

Cassie Carroll, 217-531-2179, cassie@illinoisgba.com

Illinois Green Economy Network
Illinois Green Economy Network

A consortium of Illinois community colleges working to grow the green economy of Illinois.

Eligibility:

All 39 community college districts and 48 campuses in Illinois are members of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN).

Incentives:

IGEN's mission is to provide a platform for collaboration among all Illinois community colleges and their partners to drive growth of the green economy. IGEN's initiatives range from grant funded projects, including our suite of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, to collaborative partnerships with other Illinois or nation-wide organizations who provide services that complement the work IGEN is doing and benefit our network of community colleges.

2014 initiatives include renewable energy training and installations, energy efficiency managment training, equipment loan program for home performance professionals, US Green Building Council membership, resources for "Greening Your Curriculum" and more.

Contact Info:

Contact IGEN via webform


EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Assistance for governments pursuing sustainability.

Programs:

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments. Specific assistance includes:

  • Identifying and documenting cost-effective policies and initiatives that address climate change, including those that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and related clean technologies.
  • Measuring and evaluating the environmental, economic, and public health benefits of climate change and clean energy initiatives.
  • Offering tools, guidance, and outreach support for assessing the options and benefits of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Fostering peer exchange opportunities for state and local officials to share information on best practices and lessons learned about innovative policies and programs.

Contact Info:

Contact EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program via webform

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants for this rebate program include units of government, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and individual residents. Stations purchased and installed on or after August 29, 2013 are eligible to apply for the Fall 2014 funding cycle of the EV Infrastructure Rebate Program.

As of January 1, 2014, all EV charging stations installations (with the exception of self-installed stations at residential locations) must be performed by an installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). DCEO cannot provide rebates for projects that do not comply with the ICC’s requirements. Individuals and entities installing EV charging stations on their property must notify their electric utility both before and after the installation.

Incentives:

Rebates cover 50% of equipment and installation (materials and labor) costs up to the following caps:

  • $3,750 per networked single station (stations that have a cellular or internet connection); 
  • $3,000 per non-networked single station;
  • $7,500 per networked dual station; and
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station.
  • $15,000 per networked DCFC station
  • $12,500 per non-networked DCFC station

EV charging stations must be purchased and installed prior to submitting a rebate application.

Application:

DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

April 16, 2015, 4:30 PM

Contact Info:

IllinoisEV@Illinois.gov

Caitlyn Barnes, 217-785-2013, caitlyn.barnes@illinois.gov

Kate Tomford, 312-814-1985, kate.tomford@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.

Incentives:

The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois.

Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For residential applications:  $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For commercial applications:  $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • Residential and commercial applications: $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs for turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) - list of SWCC certified turbines available at http://www.smallwindcertification.org/
  • Not-for-profits and public applications: $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs for turbines certified by the SWCC
  • Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified will be eligible for a rebate of $1.00/watt

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of at least $1.5 million to this program.  This budget is similar to previous few years. DCEO has changed the system for considering rebate applications from first come first serve to random selection.

Application:

DCEO Solar And Wind Energy Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include businesses, public sector and non-profit entities that are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. 

Incentives:

The focus of the Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program (previously called the Community Solar and Wind Grant Program) is to support the development and implementation of larger-scale distributed solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy systems in Illinois. The maximum grant amount allowed under this program is $250,000.

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to this program.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For commercial applications: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public sector applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at

  • 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications
  • 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • $1.75 per watt (DC) of installed win energy capacity for business entities
  • The lesser of 40 percent of the eligible project cost or $2.60 per watt (DC) of installed wind energy capacity for local government and non-profit entities

Application:

DCEO Large-Distributed Solar And Wind Grant Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

Resources:

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy  developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses.

Visit the ISEA website to learn more.

Contact Info:

312-376-8245, contactisea@illinoissolar.org

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Solar Outreach Partnership

Technical assistance and peer support for cities and counties to increase use of solar

Eligibility:

City and County governments (nationwide) are eligible.

Incentives:

SolarOPs offers free technical assistance and facilitated peer support to help cities and counties remove barriers in local markets and increase installed solar capacity.  Whether you’re looking for assistance identifying resources, best practices or jurisdictions implementing similar initiatives, SolarOPs can help.

This program is administered by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA with funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Services include:

  • Ask an Expert
  • Host a Solar Powering Your Community workshop
  • Peer Networks
  • Individual Consultations
  • State Government policy assistance

Contact Info:

solar@icma.org or solar-usa@iclei.org

 

Private

Click the program names below to see more details. Current promotions are highlighted (updated December 19, 2014).


Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Ameren Illinois customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose electricity and/or gas is delivered by Ameren Illinois are eligible for the ActOnEnergy program.

Incentives:

Incentives are available for lighting, HVAC, water heaters, specialty equipment, process steam and steam traps, variable frequency drives, compressed air system leak survey and repair, and custom projects.

Some projects require pre-approval. See application guidelines for more information.

Special Programs:

Retrocommissioning: Through the ActOnEnergy® Retro Commissioning Programs, a pre-approved Retro Commissioning Service Provider (RSP) will evaluate your business' existing energy management systems to identify no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency measures that will optimize your systems. Applicable industries include compressed air systems, healthcare facilities, large commercial buildings, and industrial facilities.

Feasibility Study: Funding is available to help your business determine the feasibility of implementing specific energy efficiency projects in your facility. Cash incentives will cover up to 50% of the study cost (capped at $10,000 or 25% of the estimated annual energy savings identified in study). Pre-approval required; must meet custom project eligibility criteria. External labor must be used and the customer has up to 6 months to complete the study.

Online Store: Energy efficient products can be purchased at a discounted rate. Products include CFLs, LED exit signs, LED light bulbs, T8 lighting, vending controls, and motion sensors.

Multifamily program offers free installation of CFLs, high-performance showerheads, and faucet aerators. 

Small business program offers a free walk-through audit and free installation of CFLs, CFL reflectors, faucet aerators, high-performance showerheads, and green pre-rinse spray nozzles. A Premium Package can be purchased for $129 which includes unlimited installation of 42W CFLs, up to 5 LED exit signs, unlimited de-lamping of redundant lighting fixtures, and up to 80 T12 lamps replaced with higher efficiency T8 lamps.

How-To Videos: ActOnEnergy® offers helpful how-to videos for self-paced learning, which you can access any time from your computer or mobile device with internet.

Promotions:

LED Exit signs are on sale for $5 with free shipping in the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Online Store.

T12 to T8 upgrade incentives will be reduced to $0.20/W reduced effective Jan 1, 2015 (was $0.25)

New incentives have been added for early replacement furnaces, boiler lockout/reset controls, infrared heaters, condensing unit heaters, infrared Salamander broilers, infrared char broilers, infrared rotisserie ovens, pasta cookers, rack double ovens, refrigeration economizers, kitchen DCV, and ozone laundry.

Application:

Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Incentive Information and Application Forms

Application Deadlines:

Within 30 days of project completion, by May 31, 2015.

Contact Info:

866-800-0747, ActOnEnergy@Ameren.com

Check the status of your application in the online portal.

Find an ActOnEnergy Program Ally

ComEd
ComEd Smart Ideas

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit ComEd customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose electricity is delivered by ComEd are eligible for the Smart Ideas program.

Incentives:

The ComEd Smart Ideas program offers incentives for lighting, advanced lighting, HVAC, variable speed drives, industrial systems, refrigeration, data center efficiency, kitchen equipment, transformers, battery chargers, load response, and custom projects.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. It provides free analysis for large commercial and industrial customers. Examines existing systems to find low- to no-cost measures to save energy. Customer implementation commitment required.

New Construction Service, in coordination with Nicor Gas, provides cash incentives and technical assistance to encourage building owners, designers and architects to surpass standard practices.

Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficient products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation.

Building Performance with ENERGY STAR® Commercial Real Estate program offers support to participants including determining eligibility for the program, identifying appropriate ECMs and evaluating costs and savings, benchmarking using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, engaging tenants to invest in energy efficiency, incorporating energy efficiency into capital plans, identifying opportunities to address energy efficiency in facility operations  and tenant improvement standards, green lease concept assistance, and financing options.

Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. SBES provides free installation of pre-rinse sprayers, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators, compact fluorescents, and vending/cooler controls. Special incentive rates are also available.

Business Instant Lighting Discount (BILD) program allows customers to purchase reduced wattage LED, compact fluorescent, linear fluorescent and ceramic metal halide lamps at a discount from participating electrical distributors across Northern Illinois.

Free opportunity assessments are available for facilities with demand above 100 kW.

Energy analysis tools are available to help you keep track of your usage and find savings measures.

Promotions:

ComEd assessment bonus for Custom Projects: Customers who got a ComEd assessment (Smart Ideas Opportunities Assessment, Industrial Systems Comprehensive Study, Technical Assistance Service, or Commercial Building Incentive Assessment) between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 can get a 10 percent bonus on custom projects. Pre-Approval Application must be submitted within 12 months of assessment completion and Final Application must be submitted within 18 months of assessment completion. The bonus can be increased to 15 percent on one project from a single site that saves over 1,000,000 kWh.

New incentive program for Advanced Lighting Systems that incorporate both new fixtures and a control system with a user interface. Must be installed by an Advanced Lighting Trade Ally.

Zero T12 Reward: Between August 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015, we are offering bonus incentives (identical to those offered in last year's bonus) to ComEd customers who use Smart Ideas Standard incentives to replace or retrofit all T12 fixtures inside their buildings or office suites. Bonus incentives are in addition to the regular Smart Ideas incentives and are calculated on a per-lamp basis. Customer must fill out Zero T12 Coupon.

New standard program measure for Network Desktop Power Management.

Application:

ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business Information and Application Forms

Application Deadlines:

Within 60 days of project completion, by May 15, 2015

Contact Info:

855-433-2700, SmartIdeasBiz@ComEd.com

Find a ComEd Trade Ally

Nicor
Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program - energySMART

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Nicor Gas customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose gas is delivered by Nicor Gas are eligible for the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

Incentives:

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program is designed to offer ideas and tools to help Illinois residents and businesses in Nicor Gas's territory save energy and money. The Program provides Nicor Gas customers with energy education, resources and financial rebates to make business energy use more efficient and affordable. Incentives and techinical assistance are available for HVAC, water heating, commercial kitchen equipment, boiler tune-ups, and custom projects for existing buildings and new construction projects.

Special Programs:

Free facility assessments for a range of business types.

Retro-commissioning and express building tune-ups can help commercial and industrial facilities improve existing systems to maximize efficiency. The program will be launching soon.

Multi-family buildings and small businesses are eligible to receive free assessments, free products, and special incentive rates.

Energy Efficiency Loans are available for many rebates. Installments are applied to monthly Nicor Gas bills. Only contractors enrolled with AFC First Financial Corporation (AFC First) — the program lender — may perform the work. Self-installations are not eligible.

Promotions:

None at this time.

Application:

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Information and Application Forms

Application Deadlines:

Within 90 days of installation or by June 15, 2015 at the latest.

Contact Info:

877-886-4239, commercial@nicorgasrebates.com

Find a Nicor Contractors Circle member.

North Shore Gas
North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit North Shore Gas customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose gas is delivered by North Shore Gas are eligible for the North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program.

Incentives:

The North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program offers incentives to encourage business customers to make energy-efficient improvements. Rebates are available to non-residential customers for qualifying high efficiency furnaces, boilers, water heaters, commercial kitchen products, and other measures.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. It provides free analysis for large commercial and industrial customers. Examines existing systems to find low- to no-cost measures to save energy. Customer implementation commitment required.

The Gas Optimization Services Program is a new initiative designed to help customers identify and implement no- and low-cost measures to increase system performance.

Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficient products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation. Effective Wednesday, December 31, 2014, all boiler controls and steam system balancing rebates will be suspended. Applications submitted for pre-approval must be received no later than December 31, 2014. Once approved, the project must be installed with completed paperwork receivedin our office no later than Friday, January 30, 2015

Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. SBES provides free installation of pre-rinse sprayers, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators, compact fluorescents, and vending/cooler controls. Special incentive rates are also available. On-bill financing is available for some furnace and boiler installations.

Commercial and Industrial Energy Jumpstart Program offers free installation of kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, pre-rinse sprayers for commercial kitchens, and low-volume high-pressure showerheads.

Promotions:

New incentives added for commercial food service equipment, energy recovery units, ozone laundry, and indoor pool and spa covers.

Application:

North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program Information and Applications

Application Deadlines:

Within 90 days of project installation, by May 31, 2015.

Note: As of November 24, 2015, the North Shore Gas Commercial and Industrial rebate funding has been fully reserved through May 31, 2015. In order to receive a rebate this program year, new North Shore Gas Commercial and Industrial prescriptive and custom applications must be received in the program office by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014. Applications received after this date will be put on a waiting list. Those applications will be reviewed/approved if additional rebate funds become available. Please note that projects placed on the waiting list must not begin construction or complete projects prior to program authorization.

Contact Info:

855-849-8928, northshoregas@franklinenergy.com

Peoples Gas
Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Peoples Gas customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose gas is delivered by Peoples Gas are eligible for the Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program.

Incentives:

The Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program offers incentives to encourage business customers to make energy-efficient improvements. Rebates are available to non-residential customers for qualifying high efficiency furnaces, boilers, water heaters, commercial kitchen products, and other measures.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. It provides free analysis for large commercial and industrial customers. Examines existing systems to find low- to no-cost measures to save energy. Customer implementation commitment required.

The Gas Optimization Services Program is a new initiative designed to help customers identify and implement no- and low-cost measures to increase system performance.

Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficient products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation. Effective Wednesday, December 31, 2014, all boiler controls and steam system balancing rebates will be suspended. Applications submitted for pre-approval must be received no later than December 31, 2014. Once approved, the project must be installed with completed paperwork receivedin our office no later than Friday, January 30, 2015

Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. SBES provides free installation of pre-rinse sprayers, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators, compact fluorescents, and vending/cooler controls. Special incentive rates are also available. On-bill financing is available for some furnace and boiler installations.

Commercial and Industrial Energy Jumpstart Program offers free installation of kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, pre-rinse sprayers for commercial kitchens, and low-volume high-pressure showerheads.

Promotions:

New incentives added for commercial food service equipment, energy recovery units, ozone laundry, and indoor pool and spa covers.

Application:

Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program Information and Applications

Application Deadlines:

Within 90 days of project installation, by May 31, 2015.

Limited funding is available. Apply now to reserve!

Contact Info:

855-849-8928, peoplesgas@franklinenergy.com

SEDAC
SEDAC Design Assistance Energy Assessments

Free help for public, private, and nonprofit agencies to identify and plan for energy efficiency projects.

Eligibility:

Public, private, or nonprofit sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. 

Incentives:

All services from SEDAC are funded through Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and are free of charge for customers in the eligible service delivery areas above. Services include:

  • Level 1: quick advice over the phone or email
  • Level 2: site visit, design review, and energy assessment
  • Level 3: detailed design assistance
  • Level 4: implementation assistance

More information on SEDAC's Design Assistance Energy Assessments.

Application:

SEDAC Energy Assessment Application

Contact Info:

800-214-7954, info@sedac.org

Illinois Energy Now
Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program (EEAHCP)

Funding for the energy efficient rehabilitation or construction of affordable housing units

Eligibility:

Illinois based non-profit and for-profit housing developers.

Incentives:

Under this Program, grants are provided to Illinois-based, non-profit and for-profit housing developers to encourage energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. 

Average energy savings range from 50% to 75%.

Energy efficient building practices required by DCEO under the Program are:

  • R-21 blown insulation in sidewalls
  • R-44 attic insulation
  • R-10 foundation insulation
  • High efficiency, sealed combustion furnace or boiler
  • Sealed combustion water heater
  • Exhaust ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens

Application:

DCEO Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All applications for 2014-2015 funding must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Contact Info:

Dee Smith, 217-785-3416, dee.smith@illinois.gov

Find a DCEO Trade Ally

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Eligibility:

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is for building operators with two or more years experience in building operation and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field.

Eligibility for certification is based on work experience and education, AND completion of BOC classes, exams and on-the-job projects.

Incentives:

BOC is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventive maintenance. Building operators using the energy-efficient procedures and tools learned in BOC training can cut annual electricity use by 15% or more. BOC is sponsored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

Installing new technology is only half the story. In order to get the most out of your building, operations and maintenance staff must learn to manage and analyze energy usage properly. BOC provides access to the latest information, a network of peers and resources, and the tools needed to excel in energy conservation efforts.

Two levels of certification are available, requiring a time committment of about 74 hours for each level. Tuition is about $1300 for each level as of early 2014.

Special Programs:

BOC Veterans Program gives veterans free training and certification, access to job openings, help with applications, and guidance from a mentor.

Operators in the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s and North Shore Gas service territory may be eligible for a tuition rebate upon completion of all coursework and certification requirements.

Application:

Building Operator Certification Registration

Contact Info:

Jennifer Allen, 312-784-7243, jallen@mwalliance.org

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois

Eligibility:

Private, non-profit, and public entities can become certified through the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA).

Incentives:

IGBA's certification process has three steps: a checklist assessment of the current state of your facility and operational practices, implementation of green practices your business is not yet using, and verification of implementation. Upon certification, IGBA will send you a certificate, a window decal, educational posters and other materials to help you spread the word about your sustainable practices. Your business will also be listed on the IGBA website and included in marketing materials.

Fees are tailored to the size of the business. The base rate is $750.

More information about IGBA and certification.

Contact Info:

Cassie Carroll, 217-531-2179, cassie@illinoisgba.com


Bradley University Industrial Assessment Center

Assistance to improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes

Eligibility:

Small and medium-sized manufcturing plants in Standard Industrial Classification Codes 20-39 are eligible.They should be located within 150 miles of Bradley University and meet the following criteria to qualify for these free assessments:

  • Gross annual sales below $100 million.
  • Fewer than 500 employees at the plant site.
  • Annual utility bills more than $100,000 and less than $2.5 million.
  • No in-house professional staff to perform the assessment.

Incentives:

Industrial Assessment Center provides energy, waste, and productivity assessments at no charge to small and midsized manufacturers. The Center is funded through the Department of Energy, Office of Industrial Technologies' Industrial Assessment Centers(IAC) program. On average, recommended actions from an assessment result in annual cost savings of about $60,000. The assessments are performed by teams of engineering faculty and students from Bradley University.

The university-based IAC team conducts a one day site visit and performs an assessment. Within 60 days, a report detailing the analysis, findings, and recomendations is sent to the client. 

More information about the Industrial Assessment Center.

Contact Info:

Dr. D. Paul Mehta, 309-677-2754, mehta@fsmail.bradley.edu

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program

Assistance for industrial sector energy efficiency improvements

Eligibility:

Industrial sector businesses and organizations.

Incentives:

ISTC engineers work as change agents to help customers identify and implement practices that improve efficiency. Services typically begin with a free assessment to develop strategies and set priorities for addressing issues. Some of these recommended practices require only basic changes in existing processes. Other opportunities may include the development, transfer, or diffusion of innovative technologies. 

ISTC engineers possess training and instrumentation necessary to identify opportunities for improving energy efficiency in many industrial sectors. ISTC can provide cost-effective recommendations and assistance with the implementation of more efficient components. In facilities that have massive energy requirements, ISTC partners with energy utilities and consultants to identify efficiency opportunities.

More information on ISTC Energy Efficiency and other programs.

Special Programs:

ISTC also has programs for pollution prevention, water purification and use reduction, and pilot technology laboratories.

Contact Info:

217-333-8940

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

Eligibility:

Bonding authority has been sub-allocated to counties and municipalities with populations over 100,000. Each Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Allocatee has complete discretion over the use of their own respective QECB allocation. Additionally, a QECB Allocatee has complete discretion to designate a maximum of 30% its QECB allocation for private activity purposes [including 501(c)(3) entities or for-profit development companies]. Accordingly, a minimum of 70% must be designated for government purpose projects. Entities within the designated jurisdictions may apply.

Incentives:

QECB’s are a taxable tax credit bond. The governmental issuer, or private activity borrower, of the QECB financing is eligible for a 70% rebate on the interest paid to the bondholders.

Eligible projects include:

  • Governmental projects including capital projects in publicly owned buildings and facilities that reduce energy consumption by at least 20%
  • Capital projects undertaken by nongovernmental entities and used to finance energy conservation projects on privately owned property
  • Mass commuting facilities and related facilities that reduce the consumption of energy, including capital expenditures to reduce pollution from vehicles used for mass commuting
  • Rural development projects that involve production of electricity from renewable energy sources
  • Any facility eligible for the Production Tax Credit under U.S. Code, Title 26, Section 45
  • Research in the development of alternative energy and battery technologies
  • Demonstration projects in alternative energy or energy efficiency

Application:

Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program Information and Application

Contact Info:

Brad Fletcher, 312-651-1329, bfletcher@il-fa.com

USDA
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Loans and grants for energy efficiency improvements in rural communities

Eligibility:

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses.

Incentives:

Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems, and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies. 

The REAP program is comprised of the following components:

  • The Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies.
  • The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program provides grant assistance to entities that will assist agriculture producers and small rural businesses by conducting energy audits and providing information on renewable energy development assistance.
  • The Feasibility Studies Grant Program assists financially applicants that need to complete a feasibility study, which are required in applications for many of USDA’s and other government agencies’ energy programs.

More information on the Rural Energy for America Program.

Contact Info:

Mary Warren, 217-403-6218, Mary.Warren@il.usda.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants for this rebate program include units of government, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and individual residents. Stations purchased and installed on or after August 29, 2013 are eligible to apply for the Fall 2014 funding cycle of the EV Infrastructure Rebate Program.

As of January 1, 2014, all EV charging stations installations (with the exception of self-installed stations at residential locations) must be performed by an installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). DCEO cannot provide rebates for projects that do not comply with the ICC’s requirements. Individuals and entities installing EV charging stations on their property must notify their electric utility both before and after the installation.

Incentives:

Rebates cover 50% of equipment and installation (materials and labor) costs up to the following caps:

  • $3,750 per networked single station (stations that have a cellular or internet connection); 
  • $3,000 per non-networked single station;
  • $7,500 per networked dual station; and
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station.
  • $15,000 per networked DCFC station
  • $12,500 per non-networked DCFC station

EV charging stations must be purchased and installed prior to submitting a rebate application.

Application:

DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

April 16, 2015, 4:30 PM

Contact Info:

IllinoisEV@Illinois.gov

Caitlyn Barnes, 217-785-2013, caitlyn.barnes@illinois.gov

Kate Tomford, 312-814-1985, kate.tomford@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.

Incentives:

The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois.

Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For residential applications:  $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For commercial applications:  $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • Residential and commercial applications: $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs for turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) - list of SWCC certified turbines available at http://www.smallwindcertification.org/
  • Not-for-profits and public applications: $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs for turbines certified by the SWCC
  • Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified will be eligible for a rebate of $1.00/watt

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of at least $1.5 million to this program.  This budget is similar to previous few years. DCEO has changed the system for considering rebate applications from first come first serve to random selection.

Application:

DCEO Solar And Wind Energy Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include businesses, public sector and non-profit entities that are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. 

Incentives:

The focus of the Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program (previously called the Community Solar and Wind Grant Program) is to support the development and implementation of larger-scale distributed solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy systems in Illinois. The maximum grant amount allowed under this program is $250,000.

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to this program.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For commercial applications: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public sector applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at

  • 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications
  • 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • $1.75 per watt (DC) of installed win energy capacity for business entities
  • The lesser of 40 percent of the eligible project cost or $2.60 per watt (DC) of installed wind energy capacity for local government and non-profit entities

Application:

DCEO Large-Distributed Solar And Wind Grant Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

Resources:

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy  developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses.

Visit the ISEA website to learn more.

Contact Info:

312-376-8245, contactisea@illinoissolar.org

Illinois State Board of Education
Special Tax Assessment for Solar Energy Systems

Tax relief for property owners with solar energy systems.

Eligibility:

Illinois property owners with solar energy equipment who pay taxes.

Incentives:

Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems for property-tax purposes. For property owners who register with a chief county assessment officer, solar energy equipment is valued at no more than a conventional energy system. Eligible equipment includes both active and passive solar-energy systems. The exemption is not valid for equipment that is equally usable in a conventional energy system or for components that serve non-solar energy generating (e.g., structural, aesthetic, insulating, etc.) purposes.

Application:

Application for Solar Energy Assessment

Contact Info:

Kara Moretto, 800-732-8866, kara.moretto@illinois.gov

City of Chicago
City of Chicago Small Business Improvement Fund

Financing for commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects in Chicago TIF districts.

Eligibility:

Owners of commercial and industrial properties in Tax Increment Financing districts within the City of Chicago.

Incentives:

The program uses local Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties and/or tenants within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities. Program participants can receive reimbursement grants to cover 25%, 50%, or 75% of the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant amount of $150,000.  The grant does not have to be repaid.

Eligible expenses for a SBIF grant include, but are not limited to:

  • New windows, floors or roof
  • Sign removal and replacement
  • Tuck pointing
  • New heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Improvements to accommodate disabled patrons or workers
  • Purchase of adjacent property for building expansion or parking

SBIF grants are provided as a reimbursement to property owners or tenants after remodeling work is completed and all expenses are paid.

Application:

City of Chicago Small Business Improvement Fund Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Deadlines vary by TIF District and are opened and closed on a rolling basis.

Contact Info:

Jacob Stern, 312-360-3328, jakestern@somercor.com

City of Urbana
City of Urbana TIF District Energy Efficiency Grants

Bonus funding for businesses completing energy efficiency projects in Urbana's TIF districts.

Eligibility:

Businesses within Urbana's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. Businesses must make use of at least one Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Incentive. The ActOnEnergy assessment must estimate at least a 10 percent energy reduction.

Incentives:

Qualifying businesses can get an extra cash incentive equal to 5 percent of the total project cost when they reduce their energy use by 10 percent. Other projects beyond energy efficiency may be included in the total project cost when completed concurrently.

Contact Info:

Brandon Boys, 217-328-8270, bsboys@urbanaillinois.us

 

Non-Profit

Click the program names below to see more details. Current promotions are highlighted (updated December 19, 2014).


Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Ameren Illinois customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose electricity and/or gas is delivered by Ameren Illinois are eligible for the ActOnEnergy program.

Incentives:

Incentives are available for lighting, HVAC, water heaters, specialty equipment, process steam and steam traps, variable frequency drives, compressed air system leak survey and repair, and custom projects.

Some projects require pre-approval. See application guidelines for more information.

Special Programs:

Retrocommissioning: Through the ActOnEnergy® Retro Commissioning Programs, a pre-approved Retro Commissioning Service Provider (RSP) will evaluate your business' existing energy management systems to identify no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency measures that will optimize your systems. Applicable industries include compressed air systems, healthcare facilities, large commercial buildings, and industrial facilities.

Feasibility Study: Funding is available to help your business determine the feasibility of implementing specific energy efficiency projects in your facility. Cash incentives will cover up to 50% of the study cost (capped at $10,000 or 25% of the estimated annual energy savings identified in study). Pre-approval required; must meet custom project eligibility criteria. External labor must be used and the customer has up to 6 months to complete the study.

Online Store: Energy efficient products can be purchased at a discounted rate. Products include CFLs, LED exit signs, LED light bulbs, T8 lighting, vending controls, and motion sensors.

Multifamily program offers free installation of CFLs, high-performance showerheads, and faucet aerators. 

Small business program offers a free walk-through audit and free installation of CFLs, CFL reflectors, faucet aerators, high-performance showerheads, and green pre-rinse spray nozzles. A Premium Package can be purchased for $129 which includes unlimited installation of 42W CFLs, up to 5 LED exit signs, unlimited de-lamping of redundant lighting fixtures, and up to 80 T12 lamps replaced with higher efficiency T8 lamps.

How-To Videos: ActOnEnergy® offers helpful how-to videos for self-paced learning, which you can access any time from your computer or mobile device with internet.

Promotions:

LED Exit signs are on sale for $5 with free shipping in the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Online Store.

T12 to T8 upgrade incentives will be reduced to $0.20/W reduced effective Jan 1, 2015 (was $0.25)

New incentives have been added for early replacement furnaces, boiler lockout/reset controls, infrared heaters, condensing unit heaters, infrared Salamander broilers, infrared char broilers, infrared rotisserie ovens, pasta cookers, rack double ovens, refrigeration economizers, kitchen DCV, and ozone laundry.

Application:

Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Incentive Information and Application Forms

Application Deadlines:

Within 30 days of project completion, by May 31, 2015.

Contact Info:

866-800-0747, ActOnEnergy@Ameren.com

Check the status of your application in the online portal.

Find an ActOnEnergy Program Ally

ComEd
ComEd Smart Ideas

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit ComEd customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose electricity is delivered by ComEd are eligible for the Smart Ideas program.

Incentives:

The ComEd Smart Ideas program offers incentives for lighting, advanced lighting, HVAC, variable speed drives, industrial systems, refrigeration, data center efficiency, kitchen equipment, transformers, battery chargers, load response, and custom projects.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. It provides free analysis for large commercial and industrial customers. Examines existing systems to find low- to no-cost measures to save energy. Customer implementation commitment required.

New Construction Service, in coordination with Nicor Gas, provides cash incentives and technical assistance to encourage building owners, designers and architects to surpass standard practices.

Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficient products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation.

Building Performance with ENERGY STAR® Commercial Real Estate program offers support to participants including determining eligibility for the program, identifying appropriate ECMs and evaluating costs and savings, benchmarking using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, engaging tenants to invest in energy efficiency, incorporating energy efficiency into capital plans, identifying opportunities to address energy efficiency in facility operations  and tenant improvement standards, green lease concept assistance, and financing options.

Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. SBES provides free installation of pre-rinse sprayers, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators, compact fluorescents, and vending/cooler controls. Special incentive rates are also available.

Business Instant Lighting Discount (BILD) program allows customers to purchase reduced wattage LED, compact fluorescent, linear fluorescent and ceramic metal halide lamps at a discount from participating electrical distributors across Northern Illinois.

Free opportunity assessments are available for facilities with demand above 100 kW.

Energy analysis tools are available to help you keep track of your usage and find savings measures.

Promotions:

ComEd assessment bonus for Custom Projects: Customers who got a ComEd assessment (Smart Ideas Opportunities Assessment, Industrial Systems Comprehensive Study, Technical Assistance Service, or Commercial Building Incentive Assessment) between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 can get a 10 percent bonus on custom projects. Pre-Approval Application must be submitted within 12 months of assessment completion and Final Application must be submitted within 18 months of assessment completion. The bonus can be increased to 15 percent on one project from a single site that saves over 1,000,000 kWh.

New incentive program for Advanced Lighting Systems that incorporate both new fixtures and a control system with a user interface. Must be installed by an Advanced Lighting Trade Ally.

Zero T12 Reward: Between August 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015, we are offering bonus incentives (identical to those offered in last year's bonus) to ComEd customers who use Smart Ideas Standard incentives to replace or retrofit all T12 fixtures inside their buildings or office suites. Bonus incentives are in addition to the regular Smart Ideas incentives and are calculated on a per-lamp basis. Customer must fill out Zero T12 Coupon.

New standard program measure for Network Desktop Power Management.

Application:

ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business Information and Application Forms

Application Deadlines:

Within 60 days of project completion, by May 15, 2015

Contact Info:

855-433-2700, SmartIdeasBiz@ComEd.com

Find a ComEd Trade Ally

Nicor
Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program - energySMART

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Nicor Gas customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose gas is delivered by Nicor Gas are eligible for the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

Incentives:

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program is designed to offer ideas and tools to help Illinois residents and businesses in Nicor Gas's territory save energy and money. The Program provides Nicor Gas customers with energy education, resources and financial rebates to make business energy use more efficient and affordable. Incentives and techinical assistance are available for HVAC, water heating, commercial kitchen equipment, boiler tune-ups, and custom projects for existing buildings and new construction projects.

Special Programs:

Free facility assessments for a range of business types.

Retro-commissioning and express building tune-ups can help commercial and industrial facilities improve existing systems to maximize efficiency. The program will be launching soon.

Multi-family buildings and small businesses are eligible to receive free assessments, free products, and special incentive rates.

Energy Efficiency Loans are available for many rebates. Installments are applied to monthly Nicor Gas bills. Only contractors enrolled with AFC First Financial Corporation (AFC First) — the program lender — may perform the work. Self-installations are not eligible.

Promotions:

None at this time.

Application:

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Information and Application Forms

Application Deadlines:

Within 90 days of installation or by June 15, 2015 at the latest.

Contact Info:

877-886-4239, commercial@nicorgasrebates.com

Find a Nicor Contractors Circle member.

North Shore Gas
North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit North Shore Gas customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose gas is delivered by North Shore Gas are eligible for the North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program.

Incentives:

The North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program offers incentives to encourage business customers to make energy-efficient improvements. Rebates are available to non-residential customers for qualifying high efficiency furnaces, boilers, water heaters, commercial kitchen products, and other measures.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. It provides free analysis for large commercial and industrial customers. Examines existing systems to find low- to no-cost measures to save energy. Customer implementation commitment required.

The Gas Optimization Services Program is a new initiative designed to help customers identify and implement no- and low-cost measures to increase system performance.

Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficient products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation. Effective Wednesday, December 31, 2014, all boiler controls and steam system balancing rebates will be suspended. Applications submitted for pre-approval must be received no later than December 31, 2014. Once approved, the project must be installed with completed paperwork receivedin our office no later than Friday, January 30, 2015

Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. SBES provides free installation of pre-rinse sprayers, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators, compact fluorescents, and vending/cooler controls. Special incentive rates are also available. On-bill financing is available for some furnace and boiler installations.

Commercial and Industrial Energy Jumpstart Program offers free installation of kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, pre-rinse sprayers for commercial kitchens, and low-volume high-pressure showerheads.

Promotions:

New incentives added for commercial food service equipment, energy recovery units, ozone laundry, and indoor pool and spa covers.

Application:

North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program Information and Applications

Application Deadlines:

Within 90 days of project installation, by May 31, 2015.

Note: As of November 24, 2015, the North Shore Gas Commercial and Industrial rebate funding has been fully reserved through May 31, 2015. In order to receive a rebate this program year, new North Shore Gas Commercial and Industrial prescriptive and custom applications must be received in the program office by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014. Applications received after this date will be put on a waiting list. Those applications will be reviewed/approved if additional rebate funds become available. Please note that projects placed on the waiting list must not begin construction or complete projects prior to program authorization.

Contact Info:

855-849-8928, northshoregas@franklinenergy.com

Peoples Gas
Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Peoples Gas customers

Eligibility:

All private and non-profit entities whose gas is delivered by Peoples Gas are eligible for the Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program.

Incentives:

The Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program offers incentives to encourage business customers to make energy-efficient improvements. Rebates are available to non-residential customers for qualifying high efficiency furnaces, boilers, water heaters, commercial kitchen products, and other measures.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. It provides free analysis for large commercial and industrial customers. Examines existing systems to find low- to no-cost measures to save energy. Customer implementation commitment required.

The Gas Optimization Services Program is a new initiative designed to help customers identify and implement no- and low-cost measures to increase system performance.

Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) program is a partnership between ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficient products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation. Effective Wednesday, December 31, 2014, all boiler controls and steam system balancing rebates will be suspended. Applications submitted for pre-approval must be received no later than December 31, 2014. Once approved, the project must be installed with completed paperwork receivedin our office no later than Friday, January 30, 2015

Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is a partnership between ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas. SBES provides free installation of pre-rinse sprayers, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators, compact fluorescents, and vending/cooler controls. Special incentive rates are also available. On-bill financing is available for some furnace and boiler installations.

Commercial and Industrial Energy Jumpstart Program offers free installation of kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, pre-rinse sprayers for commercial kitchens, and low-volume high-pressure showerheads.

Promotions:

New incentives added for commercial food service equipment, energy recovery units, ozone laundry, and indoor pool and spa covers.

Application:

Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program Information and Applications

Application Deadlines:

Within 90 days of project installation, by May 31, 2015.

Limited funding is available. Apply now to reserve!

Contact Info:

855-849-8928, peoplesgas@franklinenergy.com

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)

A supplementary source of funding for public sector and nonprofit clean energy and energy efficiency projects

Eligibility:

All qualifying applicants considered a unit of government or a federally recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization are eligible for funding from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).

Incentives:

ICECF offers grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including lighting, model energy efficient systems, high performance green buildings, design and commissioning, existing building energy efficiency improvements, wastewater treatment plants, solar, wind, and biomass energy. Separate applications are required for various program areas. Most programs have two deadlines per year. Application must be submitted while project is in the planning and design phase (prior to purchase and installation).

See ICECF website for more details.

Application:

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Application Process

Application Deadlines:

Different for each type of grant program.

Contact Info:

312-372-5191, info@illinoiscleanenergy.org

SEDAC
SEDAC Design Assistance Energy Assessments

Free help for public, private, and nonprofit agencies to identify and plan for energy efficiency projects.

Eligibility:

Public, private, or nonprofit sector facilities receiving electric delivery service from Ameren Illinois or ComEd; and/or receiving natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. 

Incentives:

All services from SEDAC are funded through Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and are free of charge for customers in the eligible service delivery areas above. Services include:

  • Level 1: quick advice over the phone or email
  • Level 2: site visit, design review, and energy assessment
  • Level 3: detailed design assistance
  • Level 4: implementation assistance

More information on SEDAC's Design Assistance Energy Assessments.

Application:

SEDAC Energy Assessment Application

Contact Info:

800-214-7954, info@sedac.org

Illinois Energy Now
Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program (EEAHCP)

Funding for the energy efficient rehabilitation or construction of affordable housing units

Eligibility:

Illinois based non-profit and for-profit housing developers.

Incentives:

Under this Program, grants are provided to Illinois-based, non-profit and for-profit housing developers to encourage energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. 

Average energy savings range from 50% to 75%.

Energy efficient building practices required by DCEO under the Program are:

  • R-21 blown insulation in sidewalls
  • R-44 attic insulation
  • R-10 foundation insulation
  • High efficiency, sealed combustion furnace or boiler
  • Sealed combustion water heater
  • Exhaust ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens

Application:

DCEO Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All applications for 2014-2015 funding must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Contact Info:

Dee Smith, 217-785-3416, dee.smith@illinois.gov

Find a DCEO Trade Ally

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Eligibility:

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is for building operators with two or more years experience in building operation and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field.

Eligibility for certification is based on work experience and education, AND completion of BOC classes, exams and on-the-job projects.

Incentives:

BOC is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventive maintenance. Building operators using the energy-efficient procedures and tools learned in BOC training can cut annual electricity use by 15% or more. BOC is sponsored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

Installing new technology is only half the story. In order to get the most out of your building, operations and maintenance staff must learn to manage and analyze energy usage properly. BOC provides access to the latest information, a network of peers and resources, and the tools needed to excel in energy conservation efforts.

Two levels of certification are available, requiring a time committment of about 74 hours for each level. Tuition is about $1300 for each level as of early 2014.

Special Programs:

BOC Veterans Program gives veterans free training and certification, access to job openings, help with applications, and guidance from a mentor.

Operators in the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s and North Shore Gas service territory may be eligible for a tuition rebate upon completion of all coursework and certification requirements.

Application:

Building Operator Certification Registration

Contact Info:

Jennifer Allen, 312-784-7243, jallen@mwalliance.org

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois

Eligibility:

Private, non-profit, and public entities can become certified through the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA).

Incentives:

IGBA's certification process has three steps: a checklist assessment of the current state of your facility and operational practices, implementation of green practices your business is not yet using, and verification of implementation. Upon certification, IGBA will send you a certificate, a window decal, educational posters and other materials to help you spread the word about your sustainable practices. Your business will also be listed on the IGBA website and included in marketing materials.

Fees are tailored to the size of the business. The base rate is $750.

More information about IGBA and certification.

Contact Info:

Cassie Carroll, 217-531-2179, cassie@illinoisgba.com

Illinois Green Business Association
Faith in Place

Inspires religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through connection, education, and advocacy.

Programs:

Faith in Place helps religious groups throughout Illinois by giving them the tools to become good stewards of the earth. Programs include advocacy for better state policies, energy efficiency analysis, financing and construction oversight, a "Milestone Congregations" program to help groups pursue and track various aspects of sustainability, assistance to develop Community Supported Agriculture programs, Winter Farmers Markets, a water curriculum and much more.

Contact Info:

312-733-4640, info@faithinplace.org

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

Eligibility:

Bonding authority has been sub-allocated to counties and municipalities with populations over 100,000. Each Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Allocatee has complete discretion over the use of their own respective QECB allocation. Additionally, a QECB Allocatee has complete discretion to designate a maximum of 30% its QECB allocation for private activity purposes [including 501(c)(3) entities or for-profit development companies]. Accordingly, a minimum of 70% must be designated for government purpose projects. Entities within the designated jurisdictions may apply.

Incentives:

QECB’s are a taxable tax credit bond. The governmental issuer, or private activity borrower, of the QECB financing is eligible for a 70% rebate on the interest paid to the bondholders.

Eligible projects include:

  • Governmental projects including capital projects in publicly owned buildings and facilities that reduce energy consumption by at least 20%
  • Capital projects undertaken by nongovernmental entities and used to finance energy conservation projects on privately owned property
  • Mass commuting facilities and related facilities that reduce the consumption of energy, including capital expenditures to reduce pollution from vehicles used for mass commuting
  • Rural development projects that involve production of electricity from renewable energy sources
  • Any facility eligible for the Production Tax Credit under U.S. Code, Title 26, Section 45
  • Research in the development of alternative energy and battery technologies
  • Demonstration projects in alternative energy or energy efficiency

Application:

Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program Information and Application

Contact Info:

Brad Fletcher, 312-651-1329, bfletcher@il-fa.com

IFF
IFF Energy Performance Program (E2P)

Financing assistance for nonprofits in the Chicago and Rockford areas.

Eligibility:

Eligible organizations are nonprofits that own their space or operate under a long-term lease. 

Programs:

Energy Assessments

If your nonprofit is thinking of “going green” or looking for ways to lower its utility bills, our team of LEED™ Accredited Professionals can help—especially if you own your building and have not upgraded your windows, lighting, or heating and cooling equipment in the past 10 years. We can:

  • Identify energy efficiency improvements to save you money, find incentives to reduce the costs of these improvements, and then tap into the long-term savings to finance your project
  • Help you plan, finance, and build your next facilities project—integrating sustainable design and construction techniques

Energy Efficiency Loans

All nonprofits can benefit from integrating “green” design and construction techniques into their renovation/retrofit or new construction facilities projects. IFF’s affordable, flexible energy efficiency financing ranging from $10,000 to $1.5 million is available for a wide range of projects, including:

  • Energy efficient lighting systems
  • New or upgraded HVAC systems, from boilers to geothermal technology
  • Building envelope projects, such as insulation/window upgrades, or cool roofing techniques
  • Facility projects seeking green building ratings such as LEEDTM or Energy Star®
  • Energy Star-rated appliances or computers
  • Implementation of Energy Cost Reduction Measures identified in energy audits

Contact Info:

866-629-0060

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants for this rebate program include units of government, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and individual residents. Stations purchased and installed on or after August 29, 2013 are eligible to apply for the Fall 2014 funding cycle of the EV Infrastructure Rebate Program.

As of January 1, 2014, all EV charging stations installations (with the exception of self-installed stations at residential locations) must be performed by an installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). DCEO cannot provide rebates for projects that do not comply with the ICC’s requirements. Individuals and entities installing EV charging stations on their property must notify their electric utility both before and after the installation.

Incentives:

Rebates cover 50% of equipment and installation (materials and labor) costs up to the following caps:

  • $3,750 per networked single station (stations that have a cellular or internet connection); 
  • $3,000 per non-networked single station;
  • $7,500 per networked dual station; and
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station.
  • $15,000 per networked DCFC station
  • $12,500 per non-networked DCFC station

EV charging stations must be purchased and installed prior to submitting a rebate application.

Application:

DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

April 16, 2015, 4:30 PM

Contact Info:

IllinoisEV@Illinois.gov

Caitlyn Barnes, 217-785-2013, caitlyn.barnes@illinois.gov

Kate Tomford, 312-814-1985, kate.tomford@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.

Incentives:

The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois.

Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For residential applications:  $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For commercial applications:  $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • Residential and commercial applications: $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs for turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) - list of SWCC certified turbines available at http://www.smallwindcertification.org/
  • Not-for-profits and public applications: $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs for turbines certified by the SWCC
  • Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified will be eligible for a rebate of $1.00/watt

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of at least $1.5 million to this program.  This budget is similar to previous few years. DCEO has changed the system for considering rebate applications from first come first serve to random selection.

Application:

DCEO Solar And Wind Energy Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include businesses, public sector and non-profit entities that are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. 

Incentives:

The focus of the Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program (previously called the Community Solar and Wind Grant Program) is to support the development and implementation of larger-scale distributed solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy systems in Illinois. The maximum grant amount allowed under this program is $250,000.

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to this program.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For commercial applications: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public sector applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at

  • 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications
  • 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • $1.75 per watt (DC) of installed win energy capacity for business entities
  • The lesser of 40 percent of the eligible project cost or $2.60 per watt (DC) of installed wind energy capacity for local government and non-profit entities

Application:

DCEO Large-Distributed Solar And Wind Grant Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

Resources:

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy  developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses.

Visit the ISEA website to learn more.

Contact Info:

312-376-8245, contactisea@illinoissolar.org

 

Non-EEPS

Click the program names below to see more details. Current promotions are highlighted (updated December 19, 2014).

IMEA
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) Electric Efficiency Program

Energy efficiency funding for municipal electric or co-op customers

Eligibility:

Public, private, or non-profit entities whose electricity is delivered by a municipality or co-op that belongs to the IMEA are eligible for IMEA incentives.

Incentives:

The IMEA Electric Efficiency Program provides incentives for lighting, HVAC, ground source heat pump, refrigeration, motors, and custom projects.

Special Programs:

Multi-Family properties in Farmer City, Naperville, Princeton, Rantoul, Rock Falls, St. Charles, and Winnetka are eligible for the Multifamily Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) offered in conjunction with Nicor. MCEEP offers free energy assessments, free installation of energy efficienct products, discounted contractor-delivered services, and standard and custom rebate application assistance. Free products include CFLs, showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, and pipe insulation.

Application:

Application and guidelines for private and non-profit agencies are available on IMEA's website. Applications for public agencies are available directly from the electricity service providers.

Application Deadlines:

Within 45 days of completion or by April 30, 2015.

Contact Info:

Rodd Whelpley, 217-789-4632, rwhelpley@imea.org

Jo-Carroll Energy
Jo-Carroll Energy 2013 Incentives Program

Energy efficiency funding for Jo-Carroll Energy customers

Eligibility:

Entities whose electricity or natural gas is delivered by Jo-Carroll Energy are eligible for Energy Incentives.

Incentives:

The Jo-Carroll Energy Incentives Program provides electric and gas incentives for ENERGY STAR appliances, lighting, recycling, and HVAC.

Application:

Jo-Carroll Energy 2013 Rebates Program Information and Applications

Application Deadlines:

Equipment must be installed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. Forms must be submitted before Jan. 3, 2015. Program details are not yet available for 2015 rebates.

Contact Info:

800-858-5522, info@jocarroll.com

MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Advantage

Energy efficiency funding for MidAmerican Energy customers

Eligibility:

Non-residential customers of MidAmerican Energy in Illinois are eligible for MidAmerican Energy Advantage.

Incentives:

MidAmerican Energy's EnergyAdvantage® programs are designed to encourage the use of high-efficiency space and water heating equipment, central air conditioning, lighting and other measures in commercial and industrial buildings.

Application:

Application and Guidelines are available by project type (see menu at left side of webpage for project types).

Application Deadlines:

Rebate applications will be accepted for installations completed during the current calendar year and previous calendar year.

Contact Info:

800-894-9599, rebateapplications@midamerican.com

City Water Light and Power
Springfield City Water, Light and Power Energy Services Office

Energy efficiency funding for Springfield City Water, Light and Power customers

Eligibility:

Public, private, and nonprofit customers of Springfield City Water, Light and Power are eligible for CWLP rebates.

Incentives:

Rebates are available for lighting, heat pumps, insulation, rain barrels, refrigerator recycling, solar photovoltaic systems, and high efficiency toilets.

Special Programs:

Retro-commissioning Rebate Program is designed to help owners of large private-sector commercial facilities reduce their operating costs by utilizing retro-commissioning to identify and make energy efficiency improvements. Buildings must be at least 50,000 square feet of conditioned space, at least 10 years old, have direct digital controls, and rank poorly on the Energy Star Portfolio Manager rating. Building owner must committ to spending at least $10,000 to make cost-effective electrical energy-efficiency improvements identified by the evaluation report.

Application:

Springfield City Water, Light & Power Rebate Information and Applications. See individual project types at left side of page.

Application Deadlines:

Application deadlines vary by project type. See individual applications for details.

Contact Info:

217-789-2070, nrgxprts@cwlp.com

AIEC
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Energy Efficiency Program

Energy efficiency funding for customers of cooperatives that are members of the AIEC

Eligibility:

This program currently only has assistance for residential customers of Electric Cooperatives that are members of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.

Application:

Association of illinois Electric Cooperatives Energy Efficiency Information and Applications.

Contact Info:

217-529-5561

Wabash Valley Power Moves
Wabash Valley Power Association Power Moves

Energy efficiency funding for customers of MJM Electric Cooperative, Corn Belt Energy, and EnerStar

Eligibility:

Private, non-profit, and public customers of energy cooperatives that are members of the Wabash Valley Power Association (MJM Electric Cooperative, Corn Belt Energy, and EnerStar).

Incentives:

Business incentives are available for lighting, HVAC, custom projects, and new construction. Schools are eligible for lighting and HVAC rebates. Farms are eligible for lighting, HVAC, and custom rebates.

Application:

Wabash Valley Power Association Power Moves Information and Applications.

Application Deadlines:

Equipment must be installed and operational on or after January 1, 2014, and on or before December 31, 2014. Application must be submitted within 60 days after the project completion date.

Contact Info:

317-481-2800, info@powermoves.com

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)

A supplementary source of funding for public sector and nonprofit clean energy and energy efficiency projects

Eligibility:

All qualifying applicants considered a unit of government or a federally recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization are eligible for funding from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).

Incentives:

ICECF offers grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including lighting, model energy efficient systems, high performance green buildings, design and commissioning, existing building energy efficiency improvements, wastewater treatment plants, solar, wind, and biomass energy. Separate applications are required for various program areas. Most programs have two deadlines per year. Application must be submitted while project is in the planning and design phase (prior to purchase and installation).

See ICECF website for more details.

Application:

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Application Process

Application Deadlines:

Different for each type of grant program.

Contact Info:

312-372-5191, info@illinoiscleanenergy.org

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

Eligibility:

Bonding authority has been sub-allocated to counties and municipalities with populations over 100,000. Each Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Allocatee has complete discretion over the use of their own respective QECB allocation. Additionally, a QECB Allocatee has complete discretion to designate a maximum of 30% its QECB allocation for private activity purposes [including 501(c)(3) entities or for-profit development companies]. Accordingly, a minimum of 70% must be designated for government purpose projects. Entities within the designated jurisdictions may apply.

Incentives:

QECB’s are a taxable tax credit bond. The governmental issuer, or private activity borrower, of the QECB financing is eligible for a 70% rebate on the interest paid to the bondholders.

Eligible projects include:

  • Governmental projects including capital projects in publicly owned buildings and facilities that reduce energy consumption by at least 20%
  • Capital projects undertaken by nongovernmental entities and used to finance energy conservation projects on privately owned property
  • Mass commuting facilities and related facilities that reduce the consumption of energy, including capital expenditures to reduce pollution from vehicles used for mass commuting
  • Rural development projects that involve production of electricity from renewable energy sources
  • Any facility eligible for the Production Tax Credit under U.S. Code, Title 26, Section 45
  • Research in the development of alternative energy and battery technologies
  • Demonstration projects in alternative energy or energy efficiency

Application:

Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program Information and Application

Contact Info:

Brad Fletcher, 312-651-1329,  bfletcher@il-fa.com

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Eligibility:

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is for building operators with two or more years experience in building operation and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field.

Eligibility for certification is based on work experience and education, AND completion of BOC classes, exams and on-the-job projects.

Incentives:

BOC is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventive maintenance. Building operators using the energy-efficient procedures and tools learned in BOC training can cut annual electricity use by 15% or more. BOC is sponsored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

Installing new technology is only half the story. In order to get the most out of your building, operations and maintenance staff must learn to manage and analyze energy usage properly. BOC provides access to the latest information, a network of peers and resources, and the tools needed to excel in energy conservation efforts.

Two levels of certification are available, requiring a time committment of about 74 hours for each level. Tuition is about $1300 for each level as of early 2014.

Special Programs:

BOC Veterans Program gives veterans free training and certification, access to job openings, help with applications, and guidance from a mentor.

Operators in the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, People’s and North Shore Gas service territory may be eligible for a tuition rebate upon completion of all coursework and certification requirements.

Application:

Building Operator Certification Registration

Contact Info:

Jennifer Allen, 312-784-7243, jallen@mwalliance.org

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois

Eligibility:

Private, non-profit, and public entities can become certified through the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA).

Incentives:

IGBA's certification process has three steps: a checklist assessment of the current state of your facility and operational practices, implementation of green practices your business is not yet using, and verification of implementation. Upon certification, IGBA will send you a certificate, a window decal, educational posters and other materials to help you spread the word about your sustainable practices. Your business will also be listed on the IGBA website and included in marketing materials.

Fees are tailored to the size of the business. The base rate is $750.

More information about IGBA and certification.

Contact Info:

Cassie Carroll, 217-531-2179, cassie@illinoisgba.com


EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Assistance for governments pursuing sustainability.

Programs:

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments. Specific assistance includes:

  • Identifying and documenting cost-effective policies and initiatives that address climate change, including those that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and related clean technologies.
  • Measuring and evaluating the environmental, economic, and public health benefits of climate change and clean energy initiatives.
  • Offering tools, guidance, and outreach support for assessing the options and benefits of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Fostering peer exchange opportunities for state and local officials to share information on best practices and lessons learned about innovative policies and programs.

Contact Info:

Contact EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program via webform

IFF
IFF Energy Performance Program (E2P)

Financing assistance for nonprofits in the Chicago and Rockford areas.

Eligibility:

Eligible organizations are nonprofits that own their space or operate under a long-term lease. 

Programs:

Energy Assessments

If your nonprofit is thinking of “going green” or looking for ways to lower its utility bills, our team of LEED™ Accredited Professionals can help—especially if you own your building and have not upgraded your windows, lighting, or heating and cooling equipment in the past 10 years. We can:

  • Identify energy efficiency improvements to save you money, find incentives to reduce the costs of these improvements, and then tap into the long-term savings to finance your project
  • Help you plan, finance, and build your next facilities project—integrating sustainable design and construction techniques

Energy Efficiency Loans

All nonprofits can benefit from integrating “green” design and construction techniques into their renovation/retrofit or new construction facilities projects. IFF’s affordable, flexible energy efficiency financing ranging from $10,000 to $1.5 million is available for a wide range of projects, including:

  • Energy efficient lighting systems
  • New or upgraded HVAC systems, from boilers to geothermal technology
  • Building envelope projects, such as insulation/window upgrades, or cool roofing techniques
  • Facility projects seeking green building ratings such as LEEDTM or Energy Star®
  • Energy Star-rated appliances or computers
  • Implementation of Energy Cost Reduction Measures identified in energy audits

Contact Info:

866-629-0060

USDA
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses

Eligibility:

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses.

Incentives:

Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems, and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies. 

The REAP program is comprised of the following components:

  • The Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies.
  • The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program provides grant assistance to entities that will assist agriculture producers and small rural businesses by conducting energy audits and providing information on renewable energy development assistance.
  • The Feasibility Studies Grant Program assists financially applicants that need to complete a feasibility study, which are required in applications for many of USDA’s and other government agencies’ energy programs.

More information on the Rural Energy for America Program.

Contact Info:

Mary Warren, 217-403-6218, Mary.Warren@il.usda.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants for this rebate program include units of government, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and individual residents. Stations purchased and installed on or after August 29, 2013 are eligible to apply for the Fall 2014 funding cycle of the EV Infrastructure Rebate Program.

As of January 1, 2014, all EV charging stations installations (with the exception of self-installed stations at residential locations) must be performed by an installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). DCEO cannot provide rebates for projects that do not comply with the ICC’s requirements. Individuals and entities installing EV charging stations on their property must notify their electric utility both before and after the installation.

Incentives:

Rebates cover 50% of equipment and installation (materials and labor) costs up to the following caps:

  • $3,750 per networked single station (stations that have a cellular or internet connection); 
  • $3,000 per non-networked single station;
  • $7,500 per networked dual station; and
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station.
  • $15,000 per networked DCFC station
  • $12,500 per non-networked DCFC station

EV charging stations must be purchased and installed prior to submitting a rebate application.

Application:

DCEO Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

April 16, 2015, 4:30 PM

Contact Info:

IllinoisEV@Illinois.gov

Caitlyn Barnes, 217-785-2013, caitlyn.barnes@illinois.gov

Kate Tomford, 312-814-1985, kate.tomford@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.

Incentives:

The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois.

Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For residential applications:  $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For commercial applications:  $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • Residential and commercial applications: $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs for turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) - list of SWCC certified turbines available at http://www.smallwindcertification.org/
  • Not-for-profits and public applications: $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs for turbines certified by the SWCC
  • Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified will be eligible for a rebate of $1.00/watt

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of at least $1.5 million to this program.  This budget is similar to previous few years. DCEO has changed the system for considering rebate applications from first come first serve to random selection.

Application:

DCEO Solar And Wind Energy Rebate Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include businesses, public sector and non-profit entities that are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. 

Incentives:

The focus of the Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program (previously called the Community Solar and Wind Grant Program) is to support the development and implementation of larger-scale distributed solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy systems in Illinois. The maximum grant amount allowed under this program is $250,000.

The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to this program.

Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:

  • For commercial applications: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public sector applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs

Solar Thermal projects will be capped at

  • 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications
  • 40% for public sector and non-profit entities

Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:

  • $1.75 per watt (DC) of installed win energy capacity for business entities
  • The lesser of 40 percent of the eligible project cost or $2.60 per watt (DC) of installed wind energy capacity for local government and non-profit entities

Application:

DCEO Large-Distributed Solar And Wind Grant Program Information and Application

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the FY2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program are closed. Applications for the FY2016 program will likely be available in Fall 2015.

Contact Info:

Wayne Hartel, 217-785-3420, Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

Resources:

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy  developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses.

Visit the ISEA website to learn more.

Contact Info:

312-376-8245, contactisea@illinoissolar.org

Illinois State Board of Education
Special Tax Assessment for Solar Energy Systems

Tax relief for property owners with solar energy systems.

Eligibility:

Illinois property owners with solar energy equipment who pay taxes.

Incentives:

Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems for property-tax purposes. For property owners who register with a chief county assessment officer, solar energy equipment is valued at no more than a conventional energy system. Eligible equipment includes both active and passive solar-energy systems. The exemption is not valid for equipment that is equally usable in a conventional energy system or for components that serve non-solar energy generating (e.g., structural, aesthetic, insulating, etc.) purposes.

Application:

Application for Solar Energy Assessment

Contact Info:

Kara Moretto, 800-732-8866, kara.moretto@illinois.gov

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Solar Outreach Partnership

Technical assistance and peer support for cities and counties to increase use of solar

Eligibility:

City and County governments (nationwide) are eligible.

Incentives:

SolarOPs offers free technical assistance and facilitated peer support to help cities and counties remove barriers in local markets and increase installed solar capacity.  Whether you’re looking for assistance identifying resources, best practices or jurisdictions implementing similar initiatives, SolarOPs can help.

This program is administered by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA with funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Services include:

  • Ask an Expert
  • Host a Solar Powering Your Community workshop
  • Peer Networks
  • Individual Consultations
  • State Government policy assistance

Contact Info:

solar@icma.org or solar-usa@iclei.org