DCEO Announces RFA for Two Renewable Energy Grants

02 Sep 2011 5:32 PM | Michelle Hickey
DCEO Announces RFA for
Community Solar & Wind Grant and
Renewable Energy Business Development Grant

DCEO has just released a Request for Application for the Community Solar and Wind Grant Program.  This RFA is a competitive solicitation, with applications due to DCEO on or before 4:30 p.m. on October 28, 2011. Click here for program guidelines and application forms.  They may be also be accessed from the Illinois Energy Office’s website at http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/Clean+Energy/.

 
The focus of the Community Solar and Wind Energy Grant Program is to support the development and implementation of distributed community and commercial-scale solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy technologies in Illinois.
 
Proposed projects are eligible for grants up to 30 percent of eligible project costs for business entities and 50 percent for local government and non-profit entities.  The maximum grant award is $250,000.  Eligibility is limited to project costs for the purchase and installation of solar and wind generation equipment, and related metering components as appropriate.
 
Total Funding for the program is approximately $1 million for Fiscal Year 2012.

Renewable Energy Business Development Program


DCEO has just released a Request for Application for the Renewable Energy Business Development Program.  This RFA is a competitive solicitation, with applications due to DCEO on or before 4:30 p.m. on October 28, 2011.  Click here for program guidelines and application forms.  They may also be accessed from the Illinois Energy Office’s website at http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy/Clean+Energy/.
 
The purpose of this incentive program is  to support development or expansion of renewable energy businesses and component manufacturers. The Program targets projects that develop and expand these manufacturing sectors and corresponding supply chains while improving the economy of the State through new business development.
 
The Department will solicit and receive applications through a competitive Request-for-Application process. Proposed projects are eligible for grants up to 50 percent of eligible project cost.  The minimum grant award allowed is $100,000, and the maximum grant award is $500,000.    Eligible expenditures include the purchase and installation of machinery, equipment and new industrial systems, project necessary site improvements, technical or engineering services for process improvements in key functions, and/or the conversion of existing processes.
 
Expected total funding for the program for Fiscal Year 2012 is approximately $2 million.

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