DCEO - Thermal Efficiency Program for Public Facilities

October 19, 2009


Utilizing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is providing $7 million dollars worth of grants to public entities (local, state, federal government, or public school, public community college or public university) for energy efficiency upgrades that produce thermal energy savings. A wide range of projects may be eligible, from equipment upgrades to process improvements. Geothermal closed loop projects are specifically included as eligible projects, but open-loop geothermal systems are not. This is a competitive grant solicitation; projects will be evaluated on criteria including application quality, applicant capacity, feasibility of project plan, economic development (job creation), energy reduction, green house gas emission reductions, cost-effectiveness, project timeliness, and use of leveraged funds. Overall, at least 25% of total project cost must be covered by grantee. See the program website for application materials and additional project eligibility criteria. The deadline for applying is October 1, 2009.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Economic+Stimulus/Illinois+Energy+Plan.htm
Administrator: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps,Equipment Insulation,Chillers,Furnaces,Boilers,Steam-system upgrades,Programmable Thermostats,Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls,Duct/Air sealing,Building Insulation,Processing and Manufacturing Equipment,Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building,Custom/Others pending approval
Maximum Incentive: Retrofit: $1.00/therm or $10.00/MMBtu
New Construction: $0.75/therm or $7.50/MMBtu
Closed-loop geothermal projects: $1,000/ton
Maximum total grant for any project: $500,000, cannot exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost and 75% of the total project cost.
Equipment Requirements: Geothermal closed loop: equipment must be Energy Star rated and/or have system EER of 11.5 or COP of 3.5
All equipment must be new.


Name: ARRA Thermal Efficiency Program
Organization: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Address: 620 East Adams Street
Springfield IL 62704
Phone: (217) 782-7500
Email: illinoisenergy.arra@illinois.gov

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.