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Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

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.  This program is a competitive solicitation that typically accepts applications over a 6-8 week period.

This program is currently closed. Updates regarding funding availability for Fiscal Year 2016 will be posted here as they are available.  Program guidelines and application packets will be posted on this webpage when the program re-opens. To receive email announcements regarding program updates and availability of the program guidelines and application, please send an email to ceo.rerp@illinois.gov and state that you would like to receive announcements regarding the Large Distributed Solar and Wind Energy Grant Program.

The incentives last year for proposed solar photovoltaic projects were 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 were 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.    At this time, we are not sure if there will be any changes to incentives levels for the coming year.  Eligibility is limited to project costs for the purchase and installation of solar and wind generation equipment, and related metering components as appropriate.

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 Energy Program contact:

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