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Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/12/2013
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Solar Pool Heating
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Associations
Amount:Residential PV: $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
Commercial PV: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
Nonprofits and Public Sector PV: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs
Residential and Commercial Wind (SWCC certified): $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs
Nonprofits and Public Sector Wind (SWCC certified): $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs
Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified: $1.00/watt
Residential and Commercial Solar Thermal: 30% of eligible project costs
Nonprofits and Public Sector Solar Thermal: 40% of eligible project costs
Maximum Incentive:Residential: $10,000
Commercial: $20,000
Nonprofits and Public Sector: $30,000
Eligible System Size:PV systems: Rated design capacity of at least 1 kW;
Solar thermal systems: Designed to produce at least 0.5 therms or 50,000 Btus per day or contain at least 60 sq. ft. of collectors
Wind: Name-plate capacity 1-100 kW
Equipment Requirements:PV systems must be UL-listed or have completed at least one year of field testing
Solar thermal systems must be approved by the SRCC or a comparable organization
Small wind systems: no specific equipment requirements listed
Installation Requirements:Small wind systems: Must be mounted on a tower at least 60 ft in height, 30 ft above any natural features or structures within 300 feet of installation, on a parcel of land 1 acre or greater, and must be installed in location suitable for wind generation. Other wind turbines not meeting these criteria may be considered at the Department's discretion and depending on funding.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Remains with customer/producer
Funding Source:Illinois Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund
Program Budget:$1.5 million
Start Date:12/16/1997
Expiration Date:10/31/2013 (current applications)
Web Site: http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/C...
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
§ 20 ILCS 687/6-1 et seq.
12/16/1997
12/16/1997
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
§ 20 ILCS 1105/3
2005
2005
Summary:

The State of Illinois Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP) promotes the development of renewable energy in Illinois. This program is funded by the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund - the state's public benefits fund - and is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Fiscal Year 2014 rates are listed below. The budget is roughly $1.5 million, and applications will be accepted through October 31, 2013. Unlike previous years, rebate recipients will be selected from the pool of applicants based on random selection. 

  • Residential PV: $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
  • Commercial PV: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
  • Nonprofits and Public Sector PV: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs
  • Residential and Commercial Wind (SWCC certified): $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs
  • Nonprofits and Public Sector Wind (SWCC certified): $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs
  • Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified: $1.00/watt
  • Residential and Commercial Solar Thermal: 30% of eligible project costs
  • Nonprofits and Public Sector Solar Thermal: 40% of eligible project costs
Eligibility

The program is open to customers of investor-owned and municipal utilities, as well as electric cooperatives, which impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. A list of participating utilities is available on the program website. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses, associations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, public sector entities, and nonprofit organizations. Rebates are available to applicants that contribute a minimum of 25% of the total project cost (applicant investment or in coordination with financial partners). Applicants may utilize funds from other incentive programs as well, so long as the total incentive from additional programs plus the RERP rebate does not exceed 75% of the project cost (this includes the Federal Individual Tax Credit).

Solar and Wind Equipment Requirements

Photovoltaic (PV) systems must have a rated design capacity of at least 1 kilowatt (kW) and either be listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or have successfully completed at least one year of field testing. Solar-thermal systems must have a rated design capacity of at least 0.5 therms or 50,000 Btus per day and be approved by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable organization. Solar pool-heating systems are eligible for funding only if the pool is open to the general public on a regular basis. With respect to expansions to existing solar-energy systems, only those costs directly related to new panels (equipment and installation) are eligible for funding. Costs associated with new pumps, storage or any other balance-of-system components for expansion projects -– except for new panels –- are ineligible.

Wind energy systems must have a rated nameplate capacity ranging from 1 to 100 kilowatts. Eligible systems must be mounted on a tower of at least 60 feet in height on a land parcel of 1 acre or more. Applicants must also submit documentation verifying that the wind resource at the project site is suitable for wind generation (see the application for details). DCEO may consider urban turbines or other innovative design systems. All systems must be installed by a licensed, bonded and insured professional. For homeowners that choose to self-install systems, only the equipment costs will be eligible for the rebate. Systems certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) are recommended. Systems not certified by SWCC will qualify for smaller rebates. 


 
Contact:
  Wayne Hartel
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Bureau of Energy and Recycling
620 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 785-3420
Phone 2: (217) 782-7500
E-Mail: wayne.hartel@illinois.gov
Web Site: http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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