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  • 29 Mar 2013 8:15 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    The USDA on Friday, March 29th, released a funding notice for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for 2013. While the funding levels have diminished, the funding this year will help hundreds of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the country reach fruition.

    REAP supports a broad range of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. With REAP farm energy includes energy efficiency, wind power, solar, hydroelectric and bioenergy of many sorts.

    It’s important to note that the deadline for grants for feasibility study or project construction is April 30. This is a very tight turnaround – the shortest in the history of the REAP program. However, the timeline for loan guarantees is generous – a deadline of July 15, 2013.

    Competition will be strong as overall funding available is now only $20.8 million. The USDA hopes to allocate one half each for grants and loan guarantees. If the USDA succeeds in using $10.4 million in funding for loan guarantees, the risk-adjusted level of loan guarantees would be $43.4 million.

    The USDA has set aside $4.1 million to fund grants of $20,000 or less. This reflects the emphasis placed by Congress on small projects in the 2008 Farm Bill.

    Feasibility study funding has been capped at $250,000 nationwide. The USDA provides no reason for this cap.

    Interested parties should contact their state USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinator. You can download the official funding notice here.
  • 27 Dec 2012 8:19 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Since 2007, ISEA has purchased RECs from members with solar installations in Illinois and sold them into the City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program.

    The Naperville Program was transitioned this year from being managed by Community Energy to the city staff. ISEA has been working with Naperville to educate them about RECAP and to solidify a continuation of our collaborative program.

    Please be patient while we work out these communications. We will post and email any new information.

    An application will be made available to members once a new contract with Naperville is secured.

    Click here to learn more about RECAP.
  • 02 Dec 2012 8:23 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Photovoltaic (solar electric) incentives
    • $1.50/watt or 25% for homeowners and businesses
    • $2.60/watt or 40% for nonprofits and public entities
    Wind energy incentives
    • $1.70/watt or 30% of project cost for homeowners and businesses
    • $2.60/watt or 40% for non-profits and public entities
    Solar thermal incentives
    • <30% of project cost for homeowners and businesses
    • 40% of project cost for non-profits and public entities
    Maximum rebate for all solar and wind energy projects was lowered from $30,000 to $10,000.
  • 11 Jul 2012 8:25 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    At Solar Drinks last night the newly formed Clean Energy Illinois Political PAC announced their plan to fund election efforts for candidates that will not only support clean  energy legislation but CREATE growth and longevity. They explained the necessity for clean energy supporters to work collectively to ensure favorable policies are passed in the Illinois General Assembly through supporting candidates who make renewable energy a priority.
  • 22 May 2012 8:27 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    Jigar Shah delivered a motivating speech to 77 ISEA members and guests, inspiring them to prepare for major development in Illinois. Thank you to Jigar Shah, our Supporting Sponsors (Windy City Renewable, Learn Green, Green CPA, Angel Wind Energy, Schuco, Illinois Green Business Association, and Helios USA), our prize sponsors (Ora Dental Studio, SunTactics, and Shedd Aquarium), and our attendees for their support.

    Jigar Shah delivered a motivating speech to 77 ISEA members and guests, inspiring them to prepare for major development in Illinois. Thank you to Jigar Shah, our Supporting Sponsors (Windy City Renewable, Learn Green, Green CPA, Angel Wind Energy, Schuco, Illinois Green Business Association, and Helios USA), our prize sponsors (Ora Dental Studio, SunTactics, and Shedd Aquarium), and our attendees for their support.
  • 30 Apr 2012 8:29 PM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)
    1st workshop occurred on June 28, Comments submitted on July 9th, 2nd workshop scheduled in Springfield on July 16th - conference line (866) 418-3591  Code: 907882#

    Included in SB1652, now Public Act 097-0616, is a provision for the ICC to develop certification standards for solar PV and EV charging station installers.  The ISEA is intervening and will participate in this process. Rulemaking on docket 12-0213 begins today.
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