The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
is offering grant programs that may be of interest to local governments. Net Zero Energy Building Program
The Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Building Program awards grants to new construction or retrofit projects that achieve site net zero energy performance or better. Buildings must offset all their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. Grants of up to $2,000,000 are available. The next deadline is July 18, 2019.
See https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/energy-program/net-zero-energy-building-program for details.Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Program
The Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Program awards grants to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) committed to achieving and maintaining energy neutral performance. Plants must maximize energy efficiency and offset all of their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. The goal of the program is to encourage WWTPs to take a holistic approach integrating energy efficiency, renewable self-generation, and best practices. Grants of up to $2,000,000 are available. The next deadline is July 18, 2019.
See https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/energy-program/net-zero-energy-wastewater-treatment-plants for details. First Responder Resilience Pilot Program
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has launched a pilot program to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure through the installation of solar photovoltaic/energy storage systems. Grants are available to first responders and public agencies supplying water.
Photovoltaic (PV) panels with battery energy storage (BES) can provide electricity during power outages and emergencies. Facilities providing critical services can dramatically increase their resilience and ability to continue operating during emergencies if they have a PV/BES system in place. During non-emergency periods, the PV/BES system can reduce electricity purchases from the grid and utility demand charges; in some cases, PV/BES systems can also participate in the demand response and frequency regulation markets.
Eligible applicants can receive up to $0.50/Watt for the PV system (or 60% of PV system cost, whichever is less) and up to $400/kWh for the battery energy storage system. The next deadline is August 27, 2019.
See https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/energy-program/first-responders-resilience-pilot-program for details.