DCEO - Thermal Efficiency Program for Public Facilities (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name DCEO - Thermal Efficiency Program for Public Facilities
Incentive Type State Grant Program

Active Incentive No

Equipment Requirements Geothermal closed loop: equipment must be Energy Star rated and/or have system EER of 11.5 or COP of 3.5

All equipment must be new.

Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program (SEP)

Maximum Amount Retrofit: 1.00/therm or 10.00/MMBtu

New Construction: 0.75/therm or 7.50/MMBtu
Closed-loop geothermal projects: 1,000/ton
Maximum total grant for any project: 500,000, cannot exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost and 75% of the total project cost.

Program Budget 7 million

Website http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Economic+Stimulus/Illinois+Energy+Plan.htm

References DSIRE[1]

Incentive Contact

Contact Name ARRA Thermal Efficiency Program
Department Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Division Bureau of Energy and Recycling
Address 620 East Adams Street
Place Springfield, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 62704
Phone (217) 782-7500

Email illinoisenergy.arra@illinois.gov
Website http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/

Utilizing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is providing $7 million dollars worth of grants to public entities (local, state, federal government, or public school, public community college or public university) for energy efficiency upgrades that produce thermal energy savings. A wide range of projects may be eligible, from equipment upgrades to process improvements. Geothermal closed loop projects are specifically included as eligible projects, but open-loop geothermal systems are not.

This is a competitive grant solicitation; projects will be evaluated on criteria including application quality, applicant capacity, feasibility of project plan, economic development (job creation), energy reduction, green house gas emission reductions, cost-effectiveness, project timeliness, and use of leveraged funds.

Overall, at least 25% of total project cost must be covered by grantee. See the program website for application materials and additional project eligibility criteria. The deadline for applying is October 1, 2009.


  1. DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency accessed 2009-12-08