Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

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 that are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.

This program is currently closed. Updates regarding funding availability for Fiscal Year 2016 will be posted here. 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 and state that you would like to receive announcements regarding the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program.

Last year, the maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects was $10,000.00 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities. Incentives for solar PV and wind energy were up to 25% of project costs for homeowners and business entities, and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities. Solar thermal incentives were up to 30% for homeowners and businesses, and 40% for the public sector and non-profit entities. There were also $/watt limits on incentives for the various project types. At this time, we are not sure if there will be any changes to incentives levels for the coming year.

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

Solar and Wind Rebate Program contact:

Wayne Hartel
Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity