1. The biggest change to the program is that the per watt incentive limits for solar PV and wind energy projects have been decreased, as has the maximum rebate amount. Rebates will be limited to no more than $2.25/watt for solar photovoltaic systems and $2.00/watt for wind energy systems purchased by residential and business entities, and $3.75/watt for solar photovoltaic systems and $3.25/watt for wind energy systems purchased by public sector and non-profit entities. Otherwise, the rebate is still based on 30% of total cost for homeowners and businesses and 50% for governmental and non-profit entities, with a maximum rebate of $30,000.
2. Another provision (Section 2.3.3) encourages that the applicants submit a report by a certified wind site assessor for wind projects but does not require that it be submitted.
3. We request information on installers/developers related to whether they are a minority business in the application.
4. We also added Appendix B to provide a timeline of the rebate process and to provide a checklist of what to provide with application.
Applicants from FY 2011 who did not get considered for a rebate and are still interested in a solar or wind rebate this year, must reapply using the new form. All applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.
If you have any questions with regards to the new guidelines and application form, please email or call Wayne Hartel.
Energy Program Specialist, Illinois Energy Office
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
500 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701-1643
Phone: (217) 785-3420
Fax: (217) 558-2647