Renewable Energy Business Development Grant Program (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name Renewable Energy Business Development Grant Program
Incentive Type Industry Recruitment/Support
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, State Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Other Unspecified
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2013-06-06
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount $100,000-$500,000

Maximum Incentive $500,000

Program Administrator Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

References DSIRE[1]


NOTE: The most recent application period closed on October 28, 2011. Check the program web site for information regarding future solicitations.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administers the Renewable Energy Business Development Grant Program. The program will support expenses related to the development, retooling, or expansion of renewable energy business and component manufacturers. Eligible costs include the purchase and installation of machinery, equipment and new industrial systems, necessary site improvements, technical or engineering services for process improvements, and the conversion of existing processes. Grant awards are available for between $100,000 and $500,000 and are limited to 50% of project costs. Applications will be accepted until October 28, 2011, subject to funding availability.

Renewable-energy technologies eligible for funding support include wind energy, solar-thermal energy, photovoltaics, dedicated crops grown for energy production and organic waste biomass, hydropower that does not involve new construction or significant expansion of hydropower dams, and "other such alternative sources of environmentally preferable energy." Energy from the incineration, burning or heating of waste wood, tires, garbage, general household, institutional and commercial waste, industrial lunchroom or office waste, landscape waste, or construction or demolition debris is not eligible.

Projects must be located in Illinois. In addition, because the program is funded by the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund, grants are available only to customers of utilities that impose 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. See the program web site for additional details and requirements.

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

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

Authority 1: § 20 ILCS 687/6-3

  • 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)"