DCEO - Community Renewable Energy Grant Program (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name DCEO - Community Renewable Energy Grant Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount For-profit businesses: 30% of eligible costs

Public sector and non-profit entities: 50% of eligible costs

Equipment Requirements Solar thermal energy systems must be approved by SRCC

Solar PV systems must be UL listed or have one year of successful field testing
Wind systems projects must have site-specific data or wind resource justification

Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program (SEP)
Installation Requirements Installer must be licensed to do business in Illinois and carry sufficient insurance

Maximum Incentive 500,000

Applicant must contribute 25% of the total project cost (excluding funds from other public incentive programs)

Program Administrator Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Website http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Economic+Stimulus/Illinois+Energy+Plan.htm

References DSIRE[1]


The application period for this program is closed. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is currently reviewing applications.

Utilizing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is providing $5 million dollars worth of grants to public entities (local, state, federal government, or public school, public community college or public university), for-profit entities, and not-for-profit entities for community renewable energy projects that provide energy for the applicants' own energy needs. Eligible projects include solar, wind and other renewable energy projects.

For solar thermal, the program may support any new solar thermal system over $100,000 in total cost that has been approved by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). For solar photovoltaic (PV), the program may support any new solar PV system over $100,000 that is UL listed or has successfully completed one year of field testing. It should be noted that batteries or other storage devices are not eligible for funding and expenses made for them may not be used as a matching contribution (see below). For wind, the program may support a wind system over $100,000 in total cost. The applicants must provide project-specific, site-specific wind data or otherwise justify the wind resource. Preference will be given to the projects with innovative design or financing, or that are being used for certification purposes under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver, Gold, Platinum Certifications.

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--funds leveraged from other publicly supported programs may not be used for this purpose. See the program website for application materials and additional project eligibility criteria. The deadline for applying is October 26, 2009.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name ARRA Community Renewable Energy 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/

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"