Note: All grant applications for this cycle have closed. Updates will be posted in the future. For more information see the above website.
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison. The ICECF invests in clean-energy development and land-preservation efforts, working with communities and citizens to improve environmental quality in Illinois. The ICECF provides competitive grants to programs and projects that improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy resources, and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats in Illinois.
Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Plants
The Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Program will award grants to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) committed to achieving and maintaining site net zero energy (NZE) performance or better. Plants must maximize energy efficiency and offset all of their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. Grant payments will be tied to performance.
Net Zero Energy Building Program
The Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Building Program will award grants to new construction or retrofit projects that achieve site net zero energy performance or better, over the course of a year. Buildings must, at a minimum, offset all of their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. Grants will be paid incrementally, with full payment contingent on actual building performance.
K-12 Pollinator Schools Program
The Foundation’s Pollinator Schools Program supports the creation of native pollinator habitat at locations in Illinois that provide K-12 environmental education programming. Students learn about Illinois’ native plants while the habitat provides a much-needed food source for a variety of pollinators.
Grant support can be applied towards the purchase of plant materials as well as cover a portion of the costs associated with hiring consultants or contractors to help with the design, installation and limited summer maintenance of the habitat. Depending on the land available, some of the projects selected for this program may create habitat areas that are relatively small (i.e. 1,000 square feet), while others may be an acre or more in size. All will provide students first-hand experience with Illinois’ native habitat in action by creating a year-round refuge for pollinators.
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation supports projects in categories where incentives are determined on a case-by-case basis: Solar Thermal, Biomass, Advancing Renewable Energy, and Emerging Technologies.
Community Stewardship Challenge Grant
|Incentive Type:||Grant Program|
|Administrator:||Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||Solar - Passive,Solar Water Heat,Solar Space Heat,Solar Thermal Process Heat,Solar Photovoltaics,Wind (All),Biomass,Geothermal Heat Pumps,Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels,Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building,Yes; specific technologies not identified,Wind (Small),Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels,Other Distributed Generation Technologies|
Varies, typically on a case-by-case basis
Solar Thermal: The lessor of $100/sq. ft. and 60% of project costs
|Name:||§ 220 ILCS 5/16-111.1|
|Name:||Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation|
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Chicago IL 60602
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.
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