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Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Maximum Rebate 

Residential: $10,000
Commercial: $20,000
Nonprofits and Public Sector: $30,000

Program Info
Start Date 

12/16/1997

Expiration Date 

10/31/2013

State 
Illinois
Program Type 
State Rebate Program
Rebate 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

Provider 
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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'''
The following guidelines are for the 2011 Program Year; 2012 Program Guidelines will be released September 24.
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.

Other Information 

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