FAQ

Q: Which entities are eligible for SEDAC Services?
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What services does the SEDAC program provide?
Q: Is there a cost for the program/services?
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Will I be able to afford SEDAC's recommendations?
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Does SEDAC provide funding for energy efficiency projects?
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How long will it take to get recommendations?
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How do I apply for SEDAC services under the SEDAC program?
Q: What does a SEDAC energy assessment look like?
Q: How can Architectural/Engineering Firms participate in SEDAC?
Q: What is EEPS?
Q: How can I understand basic energy terms?


Q. Which entities are eligible for SEDAC Services?

  • Local (county, township, municipal), state and federal government
  • Public schools
  • Community colleges
  • Public universities and colleges
  • Public safety, water and park districts
  • For-profit businesses

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Q: What services does the SEDAC program provide?
SEDAC performs energy efficiency analyses and technical design assistance services for qualified clients planning energy upgrades. These analyses identify opportunities for saving energy and money in both existing buildings as well as new designs.
SEDAC provides:

  • Feasibility studies designed to identify economic incentives;
  • Identification of economic opportunities with the EPAct 2005 tax incentive program and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS);
  • Training and Outreach.

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Q: Is there a cost for the program/services?
A: Most services are provided at no-cost to you.  However, services are limited so we prefer to optimize our time with you. For those clients who utilize extensive resources, we expect you to implement our suggestions and we will continue to follow-up with you to assist in the implementation process.

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Q: Will I be able to afford SEDAC's recommendations?
A: SEDAC analysis will only recommend cost effective improvements that satisfy your economic criteria such as positive monthly cash flow, internal rate of return, and net present value.

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Q: Does SEDAC provide funding for energy efficiency projects?
A: No, SEDAC does not provide funding for energy efficiency projects. However, SEDAC can point you in the right direction for potential funding sources. If you apply for a loan to fund energy efficiency improvements, the report generated by SEDAC (as part of an energy assessment) can serve as a useful validation document.

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Q: How long will it take to get recommendations?
A: Timing depends on the depth of the analysis. Quick advice can be instant; if a site visit and in-depth energy analysis are required, it may take 5 - 8 weeks.

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Q: How do I apply for SEDAC services under the SEDAC program?
A: Apply for SEDAC services at apply.sedac.org

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Q:What does a SEDAC Energy Assessment report look like?
A: You can look at a Sample SEDAC Energy Assessment report here.


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Q. How can Architectural/Engineering Firms participate in SEDAC?
A. SEDAC pre-qualifies engineers, architects, as well as other qualified individuals with experience in full building (lighting, HVAC, and building envelope) commercial energy assessments and retro-commissioning to perform energy assessments and retro-commissioning studies for SEDAC. To become a pre-qualified Design Assistance Expert, click here.  To become a pre-qualified RCx Service Provider, click here.


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Q. What is EEPS?
A. DCEO Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) programs focus on facilities at local, state, and federal government, public schools, community colleges, public universities, and colleges.


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EEPS Organization


Q: How can I understand basic energy terms?
A: SEDAC has a quick overview of energy basics in the What Is Energy page?