Illinois Solar Rebates and Incentives

Illinois Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Program Type

Rebate

Technologies

Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Solar Pool Heating, and Wind

Amount

Maximum of $10,000 for residential projects and $20,000 for commercial and $30,000 for public sector or non-profit entities

Required Documentation

Application form submitted prior to installing system and Letter of completion

Official Web Site

http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/whyillinois/KeyIndustries/Energy/Pages/01-RERP.aspx

The renewable rebate program is funded by Illinois’ Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund and administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The state has offered the program since 1997.

The program pays out as follows:

• $1.50/watt or 25% of project cost for residential systems

• $1.25/ or 25% of project costs for commercial systems

• $2.50/watt or 40% of project cost for non-profit systems

Home and business owners are eligible to apply for the rebate. The funds are limited and ran out within the first quarter of 2015. The state announced that 2016 applications should be available in the summer of 2015.

Illinois Energy Efficiency Upgrade Rebates

Program Type Rebate
Technologies Energy Efficiency upgrades
Amount Varies based on the upgrade
Required Documentation See website
Official Web Site

http://www.cwlp.com/eso/rebates/rebates.html

Most utility companies in Illinois offer a rebate program for energy efficiency upgrades. If you want to install a solar system to provide onsite energy generation, it will be even more beneficial to make sure you’re using as little power as possible at home first.

City Water Light and Power in Springfield, Ill. Offers the following rebate incentives to help homeowners reduce their energy consumption:

Clothes Washer: $100
Air-Source Heat Pumps: $300/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump: $500/ton
Rain Barrel: $25
High Efficiency Toilet: $50
Building Insulation: 30% up to $500
Water Heater: $200 - $400

While Springfield offers this incentive, several other utilities provide similar rebate programs. Find one for your municipality here.

Illinois Net Metering

Program Type Net Metering
Technologies Photovoltaics and other renewables 
Amount Credited to customer at retail rate
Required Documentation Applicants must apply with their investor-owned utility
Official Web Site http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/environment/netmetering.html#netmetering

Illinois’ net-metering program, which began began April 1, 2008, requires all investor-owned utility companies operating in the state to credit solar customers at the retail rate for the power they feed back onto the grid.

Under the state’s net-metering law, customers are eligible to receive a one-to-one retail rate credit for renewable energy generation of 40 kW or less. Larger systems, those between 40 kW and 2 megawatts, receive credits equal to the utility's avoided cost for excess generation.

Potential savings depend on how much energy is generated by the system. But all net-metered customers in Illinois must pay fixed interconnection fees to connect to the electric grid. Other states have waived such fees.

Net-metered customers retain ownership and title to all renewable-energy credits and greenhouse-gas credits associated with customer generation and can sell such credits as they choose.

DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Program Type Rebate
Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Pool Heating, and Wind
Amount Maximum of $50,000 per project
Required Documentation Application form submitted prior to installing system and Letter of completion
Official Web Site http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/Clean+Energy/01-RERP.htm

The renewable rebate program is funded by Illinois’ Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund and administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The state has offered the program since 1997. As of September 2010, all funds available through the program for the year 2010 have been reserved. According to the state, the program and its funding level for 2011 were not finalized. But information about funding for 2011 will be posted at the program’s Web page. Interested parties may also contact Wayne Hartel with the commerce department at (217) 785-3420 to learn more.

Under the first-come, first-serve program, individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and the public sector may apply for the incentive, which was capped at $50,000 per individual award in 2010. When available, the state offered those installing residential and commercial solar systems a rebate of up to 30 percent of the total system and its installation costs. Nonprofit entities and government entities could qualify for a rebate of up to 50 percent of system and installation costs. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the program only offered $1.3 million in funds for 2009.

To be eligible for the state rebate, applicants must contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the project cost. Other incentive programs, like the federal incentive program, can be used with the state rebate as long as the incentives cover no more than 75 percent of the system’s total costs.
The program does not set a ceiling for system size. But PV and wind systems must be at least 1 kW in size. Solar-thermal systems, including solar thermal electric generators, must be designed to produce at least 50,000 Btus per day or contain at least 60 square feet of collectors.

Illinois encourages, but does not require, applicants to submit their applications prior to purchasing a system. If the department determines that the system is eligible it will issue a "Notice to Proceed" letter. Funding is reserved for 120 days from the date of the application. After receiving the funding, applicants have another 120 days to install the system and submit a completion letter and other required documentation.

Illinois Rebates and Incentives Summary

Illinois

Illinois isn’t just in the middle of the country geographically. It’s smack dead center when it comes to solar energy. Solar Energy Industries ranks Illinois No. 25 in the nation for installed solar capacity. And the state is more or less on pace to hold its position. In 2014, Illinois installed 6 megawatts of solar capacity, which ranked it 27th for growth that year.

While maintaining a moderate position in the middle of the solar industry’s explosive growth, Illinois itself has seen substantial increases in its solar industry. More than 3,000 Illinois residents have jobs because of the state’s healthy solar industry, which saw a 165 percent increased financial investment year-over-year in 2014.

Much of the state’s solar industry growth can be credited to its forward-thinking policy. While the state hasn’t gone all out to build its solar status, it does have an aggressive renewable energy portfolio standard, requiring that the state’s utilities get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Illinois Solar Power Financial Incentives

Financial Incentives


 

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

03/31/2015

03/31/2015

Wabash Valley Power Association (28 Member Cooperatives) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

02/22/2012

03/27/2015

ComEd - Business Instant Lighting Discounts Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

10/09/2012

03/27/2015

ComEd - Smart Ideas for Business Efficiency Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

09/19/2008

03/27/2015

ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas - Small Business Energy Savings Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

09/19/2008

03/27/2015

North Shore Gas - Residential Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

06/08/2010

03/27/2015

North Shore Gas - Commercial & Industrial Prescriptive Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

06/08/2010

03/27/2015

ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas - Complete System Replacement Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

03/25/2013

03/26/2015

Public Sector Energy Efficiency Programs

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

05/13/2010

03/26/2015

Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

06/12/2001

03/26/2015

North Shore Gas - Single Family Direct Install

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

03/27/2013

03/25/2015

Residential On-Bill Financing Programs - Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, Peoples Gas, Ameren and ComEd

IL

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

04/05/2012

03/25/2015

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Financing

IL

Financial Incentive

Bond Program

07/31/2009

03/25/2015

Ameren Illinois (Electric & Gas) - Multi-Family Properties Energy Efficiency Incentives

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/09/2009

03/25/2015

Peoples Gas - Residential Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

01/28/2009

03/25/2015

Ameren Illinois (Electric) - Commercial Kitchen and Grocery Incentives

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/09/2009

03/24/2015

Ameren Illinois (Electric) - Custom, HVAC and Motor Business Efficiency Incentives

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/09/2009

03/24/2015

Ameren Illinois (Gas) - Business Efficiency Incentives

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/09/2009

03/24/2015

Ameren Illinois (Electric) - Lighting Incentives for Businesses

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

09/22/2008

03/24/2015

City Water Light and Power - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

07/13/2006

03/24/2015

City Water Light and Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

07/13/2006

03/24/2015

MidAmerican Energy (Electric) - Commercial EnergyAdvantage Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

02/09/2009

03/24/2015

Peoples Gas - Commercial & Industrial Prescriptive Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

01/28/2009

03/24/2015

Jo-Carroll Energy - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/13/2010

03/23/2015

Corn Belt Energy Coop - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

06/29/2010

03/23/2015

MidAmerican Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

07/14/2009

03/23/2015

MidAmerican Energy (Gas) - Commercial EnergyAdvantage Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

02/09/2009

03/23/2015

MidAmerican Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

07/14/2009

03/23/2015

Peoples Gas - Single Family Direct Install

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

03/27/2013

03/23/2015

Special Assessment for Solar Energy Systems

IL

Financial Incentive

Property Tax Incentive

01/01/2000

03/23/2015

Ameren Illinois (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Incentives

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/10/2008

03/23/2015

Commercial Wind Energy Property Valuation

IL

Financial Incentive

Property Tax Incentive

10/26/2007

03/23/2015

City of Chicago - Green Permit Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Green Building Incentive

03/27/2007

03/23/2015

Sales Tax Exemption for Wind Energy Business Designated High Impact Business

IL

Financial Incentive

Sales Tax Incentive

07/16/2009

03/23/2015

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

10/23/2008

03/20/2015

U.S. Federal Government - Green Power Purchasing Goal

US

Regulatory Policy

Green Power Purchasing

02/19/2004

03/20/2015

Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

US

Financial Incentive

Corporate Tax Credit

03/15/2002

03/18/2015

Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC)

US

Financial Incentive

Corporate Tax Credit

03/11/2002

03/16/2015

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

03/16/2015

03/16/2015

Interconnection Standards for Small Generators

US

Regulatory Policy

Interconnection

10/30/2007

03/16/2015

Tribal Energy Program Grant

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

05/01/2003

03/05/2015

Green Energy Loans

IL

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

06/01/2008

02/27/2015

Corn Belt Energy Coop - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

02/24/2011

02/27/2015

ComEd - Smart Ideas for Your Business New Construction Service

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

06/01/2009

02/27/2015

Ameren Illinois (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Incentives

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/10/2008

02/27/2015

ComEd - Smart Ideas for Your Home Efficiency Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

12/08/2008

02/26/2015

Wabash Valley Power Association (28 Member Cooperatives) - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

02/24/2011

02/26/2015

Nicor Gas - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebates

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

05/06/2010

02/26/2015

USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA) Program

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

02/18/2015

02/19/2015

Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards

IL

Regulatory Policy

Solar/Wind Permitting Standards

09/21/2009

02/16/2015

Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund

IL

Regulatory Policy

Public Benefits Fund

01/01/2000

02/16/2015

City Water Light and Power - Solar Rewards Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

01/25/2012

02/16/2015

Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit

US

Financial Incentive

Personal Tax Credit

08/10/2005

02/16/2015

Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Personal)

US

Financial Incentive

Personal Tax Exemption

03/05/2002

02/16/2015

City of Chicago - Green Power Purchasing

IL

Regulatory Policy

Green Power Purchasing

02/02/2001

02/16/2015

City of Chicago - Solar Express Permit Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Green Building Incentive

10/16/2014

02/13/2015

Illinois Municipal Electric Agency - Electric Efficiency Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

01/05/2010

02/13/2015

Public Sector New Construction and Retrofit Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

09/22/2008

02/09/2015

Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

09/22/2008

02/09/2015

School Energy Efficiency Grant Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

11/17/2010

02/09/2015

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

11/07/2002

02/09/2015

Public Sector Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

07/14/2014

02/09/2015

Efficient Housing Construction Grant

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

06/30/2005

02/09/2015

City of Chicago - Small Business Improvement Fund

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

05/19/2009

02/06/2015

Efficient Living Energy Grant

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

04/02/2012

02/06/2015

Large-Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

09/02/2011

02/06/2015

Public Sector Energy Efficiency Aggregation Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

05/09/2012

02/06/2015

Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

12/04/2007

02/06/2015

USDA - Repowering Assistance Biorefinery Program

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

10/08/2012

02/06/2015

Solar Renewable Energy Credits

IL

Financial Incentive

Solar Renewable Energy Credit Program

02/05/2015

02/05/2015

Energy Efficiency Standard

IL

Regulatory Policy

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

12/15/2010

02/04/2015

Nicor Gas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebates

IL

Financial Incentive

Rebate Program

05/06/2010

01/05/2015

Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)

US

Financial Incentive

Corporate Depreciation

03/15/2002

12/23/2014

Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction

US

Financial Incentive

Corporate Tax Deduction

01/10/2006

12/22/2014

Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

US

Financial Incentive

Personal Tax Credit

01/10/2006

12/22/2014

Energy-Efficient New Homes Tax Credit for Home Builders

US

Financial Incentive

Corporate Tax Credit

01/10/2006

12/20/2014

USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

04/09/2003

12/09/2014

USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Loan Guarantees

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

04/09/2003

12/09/2014

FHA PowerSaver Loan Program

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

12/04/2014

12/04/2014

USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program

US

Financial Incentive

Grant Program

09/27/2010

11/20/2014

U.S. Department of Energy - Loan Guarantee Program

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

09/12/2008

11/20/2014

Illinois Solar Energy Association - Renewable Energy Credit Aggregation Program

IL

Financial Incentive

Performance-Based Incentive

01/29/2009

11/13/2014

Interconnection Standards

IL

Regulatory Policy

Interconnection

03/28/2008

10/10/2014

Cook County - LEED Requirement for County Buildings

IL

Regulatory Policy

Energy Standards for Public Buildings

06/24/2011

10/09/2014

Energy Efficiency in State Government

IL

Regulatory Policy

Energy Standards for Public Buildings

06/01/2008

10/09/2014

Building Energy Code

IL

Regulatory Policy

Building Energy Code

07/27/2006

10/09/2014

City of Chicago - Building Energy Code

IL

Regulatory Policy

Building Energy Code

03/26/2007

10/09/2014

Solar and Wind Rights

IL

Regulatory Policy

Solar/Wind Access Policy

08/18/2010

10/09/2014

Fuel Mix and Emissions Disclosure

IL

Regulatory Policy

Generation Disclosure

01/01/2000

10/09/2014

Energy Efficiency Public Benefits Funds

IL

Regulatory Policy

Public Benefits Fund

09/25/2006

10/09/2014

USDA - Biorefinery Assistance Program

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

10/04/2012

10/08/2014

Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Corporate)

US

Financial Incentive

Corporate Tax Exemption

03/05/2002

10/06/2014

Energy-Efficient Mortgages

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

03/21/2002

10/06/2014

Local Option - Contractual Assessments for Renewable Energy and/or Energy Efficiency

IL

Financial Incentive

PACE Financing

08/20/2009

08/27/2014

Renewable Portfolio Standard

IL

Regulatory Policy

Renewables Portfolio Standard

06/12/2001

08/27/2014

Net Metering

IL

Regulatory Policy

Net Metering

08/28/2007

08/27/2014

Energy Goals and Standards for Federal Government

US

Regulatory Policy

Energy Standards for Public Buildings

06/19/2006

03/24/2014

Federal Appliance Standards

US

Regulatory Policy

Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards

06/30/2006

12/19/2012

Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs)

US

Financial Incentive

Loan Program

05/02/2006

10/12/2012

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