Breadcrumb

Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

The FY 2015 Large-Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program is now accepting applications.  This RFA is a competitive solicitation, with applications due to DCEO on or before 4:30 p.m. on October 17th, 2014.  All applications for the FY 2015 program must be submitted, without exception, on the forms available here -
 
FY2015 Large-Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program Guidelines and Application
 
The focus of the Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program (previously called the Community Solar and Wind Grant Program) is to support the development and implementation of larger-scale distributed solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy systems in Illinois.   Eligible applicants include businesses, public sector and non-profit entities that are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.  The maximum grant amount allowed under this program is $250,000.

Proposed solar photovoltaic projects are eligible for grants up to 25 percent of eligible project costs for business entities and 40 percent for local government and non-profit entities.  Solar thermal and wind energy projects are eligible for grants up to 30 percent of eligible project costs for business entities and 40 percent for local government and non-profit entities. The maximum grant award is $250,000.    Eligibility is limited to project costs for the purchase and installation of solar and wind generation equipment, and related metering components as appropriate.
 
The applicant must submit 1 original paper copy of the application document with original information and a complete PDF electronic copy of the entire application and attachments (email to ceo.rerp@illinois.gov).
 
Program Highlights
 
- The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of approximately $2.5 million to this program.
 
 - Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:
  • For commercial applications:  $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • For not-for-profits and public sector 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:
  • $1.75 per watt (DC) of installed win energy capacity for business entities and the lesser of 40 percent of the eligible project cost or $2.60 per watt (DC) of installed wind energy capacity for local government and non-profit entities

- 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.

Large-Distributed Solar and Wind Grant program contact:

Wayne Hartel
Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
217/785-3420
Wayne.hartel@illinois.gov