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Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

The FY 2015 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program is now accepting applications.  All applications for the FY 2015 program must be submitted, without exception, on the forms available here -
 
 
The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale distributed solar and wind energy systems in Illinois.
 
Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge (see list available in application).
 
Please review program guidelines before filling out and submitting a rebate application.  These forms need to be completely filled out and signed and dated by both the applicant and the installer/project manager prior to submission to the Illinois Energy Office.  All attachments (recent utility bill, invoice/bid document, installer insurance, panel/turbine spec sheet, etc.) must be submitted with application.  Any applications received under previous application forms will be rejected.   Applications must be submitted by the rebate applicant, we will not accept applications from installers or developers. 
 
DCEO will accept applications until October 10th, 2014.  Applications will be assigned a number as they are received, and we will have a pre-selected list of random numbers that we will use as the order we will consider applications.  Any applications received after the October 10th deadline will only be consider if program funding is still available or becomes available later in the program year.
 
We prefer applications to be submitted via email (ceo.rerp@illinois.gov), but we will also accept application through regular mail.  Please do not submit both ways; the Illinois Energy Office only needs one copy of the completed, signed application and supporting documents.  Email submissions will receive a confirmation that their application has been received. 
 
Program Highlights
 
- The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to this program.
 
 - Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000.00 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.
 
 - Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:
  • For residential applications:  $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For commercial applications:  $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs
 - Solar Thermal projects will be capped at 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities
 
 - Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:
  • Residential and commercial applications: $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs for turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) or the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) - list of SWCC certified turbines available at http://www.smallwindcertification.org/ and a list of AWEA certified turbines are available at http://www.intertek.com/wind/awea-standard/.
  • Not-for-profits and public applications: $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs for turbines certified by the SWCC or AWEA
  • Wind energy systems that are not SWCC or AWEA certified will be eligible for a rebate of $1.00/watt 

- All solar PV and wind energy systems must be installed by a distributed generation installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission.  A list of certified installers can be found at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/utility/Certified.aspx?type=24.

Solar and Wind Rebate Program contact:
 
Wayne Hartel
Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
217/785-3420
Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov