DCEO - Solar Energy Incentive Program (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name DCEO - Solar Energy Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Solar Thermal: Up to 30% of project cost

LEED PV: Up to 3.00 per DC Watt
Innovative PV: Up to 3.25 per DC Watt

Equipment Requirements Solar-thermal water-heating and space-heating systems must be approved by the SRCC or a comparable certification organization;

Systems must have a total cost of at least 50,000

Expiration Date 05/01/2009 (current solicitation)
Funding Source Illinois Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund
Installation Requirements Installers must be licensed to transact business in Illinois and maintain "appropriate types and levels of insurance coverage"

Maximum Incentive 250,000

Program Administrator Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Website http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/Clean+Energy/02-solar+Energy+Incentive+Program.htm

References DSIRE[1]


Note: This program is currently closed due to lack of funding. The program is expected to resume in July 2009 (FY 2010), although terms of the program have not been published and there may be changes. This record and summary is based on the FY 2009 program. Check back periodically for updates.

The Illinois Solar Energy Incentive Program provides funding for the purchase and installation of certain types of solar-energy system. Grants are available to residents, businesses, state and local government entities, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Eligible technologies include solar thermal systems that collect and transfer heat for space, water heating, and/or electric generation; photovoltaic (PV) systems on buildings that register for and achieve a LEED Silver or higher rating; and innovative PV systems including but not limited to building integrated or highly efficient designs. Projects must have a minimum cost of at least $50,000 in order to be eligible for an award.

The program incentives are listed below by technology. It is important to note that the listed values act as an an upper limit of possible support rather than a guarantee of a specific award.

Solar Thermal: Up to 30% of project cost LEED PV: Up to $3.00 per DC Watt Innovative PV: Up to $3.25 per DC Watt

The maximum grant for an individual project is $250,000 regardless of the technology employed. Project applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis through May 1, 2009, subject to funding availability. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) reserves the right to review applications and negotiate lower grant amounts, or conversely, waive the maximum incentive limitation in cases where such a waiver is appropriate for the purposes of the Renewable Energy Resources Program.

System installers must be licensed to transact business in Illinois and maintain "appropriate types and levels of insurance coverage." Solar-thermal water-heating systems and solar-thermal space-heating systems must be approved by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable organization. Should sufficient funding be available the Department may entertain applications for other types of environmentally preferable renewable energy such as fuel cells, hydropower, and wind energy.

This program does not provide funding for the installation of renewable energy equipment at single-family residences. An applicant must be a customer within the service area of a utility that imposes the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge as defined in 20 ILCS 687/6-5. Participating utilities are listed on the application available at the program website.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: § 20 ILCS 687/6-3

Expiration Date 05/01/2009 (current solicitation)

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Wayne Hartel
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) 785-3420
Phone 2 (217) 782-7500
Email wayne.hartel@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)"