Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.
The FY2014 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program will is now open!
All applications for the FY2014 program must be submitted, without exception, on the forms available here -
FY2014 Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program Guidelines and Application
Please review program guidelines before filling out and submitting a rebate application. These forms need to be completely filled out and signed and dated by both the applicant and the installer/project manager prior to submission to the Illinois Energy Office. All attachments (recent utility bill, invoice/bid document, installer insurance, panel/turbine spec sheet, etc.) must be submitted with application. Any applications received under previous application forms will be rejected. Applications must be submitted by the rebate applicant, we will not accept applications from installers or developer.
DCEO has changed the system for considering rebate applications from first come first serve to randomly selection (see Section 3.1 of guidelines). We will accept applications until October 31, 2013. Applications will be assigned a number as they are received, and we will have a pre-selected list of random numbers that we will use as the order we will consider applications.
We prefer applications to be submitted via email (email@example.com), but we will also accept application through regular mail. Please do not submit both ways, the Illinois Energy Office only needs one copy of the completed, signed application and supporting documents. Email submissions will receive a confirmation that their application has been received.
• Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000.00 for homeowners, $20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.
• Solar Photovoltaic projects will be capped as follows:
o For residential applications: $1.50/watt or 25% of project costs
o For commercial applications: $1.25/watt or 25% of project costs
o For not-for-profits and public applications: $2.50/watt or 40% of project costs
• Solar Thermal projects will be capped at 30% of project costs for residential and commercial applications and 40% for public sector and non-profit entities
• Wind Energy projects will be capped as follows:
o Residential and commercial applications: $1.75/watt or 30% of project costs for turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) - list of SWCC certified turbines available at http://www.smallwindcertification.org/
o Not-for-profits and public applications: $2.60/watt or 40% of project costs for turbines certified by the SWCC
o Wind energy systems that are not SWCC certified will be eligible for a rebate of $1.00/watt
• The Illinois Energy Office has allocated a budget of at least $1.5 million to this program. This budget is similar to previous few years.
Solar and Wind Rebate Program contact:
Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity