Other Financial Resources
Solar Renewable Energy Credits
The Illinois Power Agency is developing a supplemental procurement plan to purchase solar renewable energy credits using up to $30 million from the Renewable Energy Resources Fund. News on the development of this plan and the implementation of this procurement are available at this website.
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Through its grant program, the Foundation supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for Illinois nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities and other local government agencies.
Chicago and surrounding communities are participating in this program to help homeowners of single-family homes and 2-flats pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever. The program is available to residents of Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.
Small Business Improvement Fund
The City of Chicago uses Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants. This may include the installation of solar energy systems.
Renewable Energy Rules and Regulations
Homeowners’ Solar Rights Act
Illinois law prohibits homeowners' associations, common interest community associations and condominium unit owners' associations from preventing homeowners from using or installing solar energy systems.
Special Assessment for Solar Energy Systems
Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems for property-tax purposes. For property owners who register with a chief county assessment officer, solar energy equipment is valued at no more than a conventional energy system. Those who wish to have their solar energy property valued in this fashion must file the State of Illinois PTAX-330 property tax form (at above link) with their local county assessor's office.
Renewable Energy Assessment and Installer/Equipment Information
Certified Distributed Generation Installers
Installers of solar and wind energy systems must now be certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission as a Distributed Generation Installer. All applicants for the Department of Commerce incentives for the installation of a renewable energy system must be installed by a certified installer.
NREL PVWatts Calculator
This calculator determines the energy production and cost savings of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, installers, manufacturers, and researchers to easily develop estimates of the performance of hypothetical PV installations.
General information on solar energy and can provide an instant estimate of the cost and savings from installing solar.
Find Solar helps home and business owners get the information and education they need when researching Solar Power and Renewable Energy projects. This website provides information on installers, a solar power calculator, and general information on solar energy systems.
Wind Speed Maps For Illinois
Compiled from data collected by Illinois Wind Program, National Weather Service, and Illinois State Water Survey prepared by Western Illinois University. Maps show each season over three years at two different heights.
Small Wind Certification Council
This organization is an independent certification body, that certifies that small wind turbines meet or exceed the requirements of the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. They anticipate certifying the first turbine in 2011.
Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)
The Solar Rating and Certification corporation currently administers a certification, rating, and labeling program for solar thermal collectors and a similar program for complete solar water heating systems.
Renewable Energy Organizations in Illinois
Illinois Solar Energy Association
The Illinois Solar Energy Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. They are a resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.
This organization provides information on wind energy opportunities, and interacts with various stakeholders at the local, state, regional and national levels, and promotes economic development of wind energy in the state of Illinois. This website includes a database of wind farms in Illinois, reports on the economic impact of the wind industry, and information on upcoming wind energy conferences.
Illinois Green Economy Network
IGEN is pursuing numerous renewable energy initiatives and programs, including renewable energy installations at various colleges, energy assessments of community colleges, and green job training. They have also created a statewide energy dashboard that will collect and display energy production data produced from the renewable energy installations.
Illinois Renewable Energy Association
The IREA provides hands-on opportunities for the Illinois public to learn about the benefits, potentials, and uses of renewable energy and energy-efficiency for our homes and businesses.
Western Illinois University Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
The Institute is committed to assisting rural residents and communities of Illinois in building knowledge of wind power. This website provides statewide wind data, information on its wind monitoring program, small wind turbine vendors, and other information on the wind industry in Illinois.
Reports, Data, General Information
Solar and Wind Energy Basics
National Renewable Energy Laboratory general information on solar, wind, and other renewable energy, describing how these systems work and the different technologies.
Renewable Energy Reports
Reports conducted by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, many of which were funded by the Department of Commerce.
Illinois Wind Power Projects Database
This is a database of wind energy farms completed, under construction, or proposed in Illinois.