Chicago Photovoltaic Incentive Program (PIP)

January 05, 2005


ComEd, in partnership with Spire Solar Chicago, offers Chicago property owners a rebate to help support locally-based photovoltaics manufacturing and the installation of photovoltaic systems. Under the Photovoltaic Incentive Program (PIP), which began in January 2003, individuals and organizations are eligible for ComEd rebates on grid-tied solar-electric systems purchased from Spire Solar Chicago. All building owners are eligible, provided they are located in the Chicago and have an active ComEd electricity account. Systems must be between 1 kW and 50 kW of direct current nameplate capacity. Eligible recipients will be awarded $1,250 per kilowatt in 2003 and $1,000 per kilowatt in 2004. Rebates are available through 2004 or until funding is exhausted. All solar energy systems will be installed by Spire Solar Chicago, a local manufacturer of solar-electric panels. Additional available incentives offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs’ Renewable Energy Resources Program, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and the U.S. federal government (the Federal Business Energy Tax Credit and MACRS) further reduce costs. To apply, complete the PV Incentive Application or call (773) 638-1543.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: ComEd
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $1,000/kW in 2004 while funds last


Name: Paul Wallace
Organization: Exelon Corporation
Address: 227 West Monroe
Chicago IL 60606
Phone: (312) 394-4458
Name: Customer Service - Spire Solar Chicago
Organization: Spire Solar Chicago
Address: Midwest Center for Green Technology
Chicago IL 60612
Phone: (773) 638-1543

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.