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Solar and Energy Efficiency
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)
SEDAC provides technical assistance to help building managers, owners, and administrators make their facilities more energy efficient. Through phone calls, emails, face-to-face consultations, site visits, and reports, they provide recommendations that are adoptable, affordable, and tailored to the needs of our clients. They offer economic analysis and financing guidance to help our clients develop strategies to implement our recommendations.
They also periodically offer workshops and webinars to educate building managers about the latest energy efficiency strategies for their facilities.
Illinois Solar Incentives
ComEd, one of IL’s largest utility companies, provides rebates for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers to help decrease the out-of-pocket costs of installing solar. If you’re a ComEd customer and install solar on your business, you’re eligible for $250 per kilowatt (kW) of installed solar power. To receive the rebate, your solar panel system cannot be larger than 2,000 kW in capacity.
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy
Cook County offers a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) finance program to Cook County commercial property owners. C-PACE is an innovative program that enables commercial property owners to obtain 100% long-term, fixed-rate financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency, water use and electric vehicle charging building improvements. Cook County commercial property owners can receive funding for their projects from qualified Capital Providers.
We all want our businesses to be comfortable while still keeping our energy costs affordable. However, most buildings waste a significant amount of energy, resulting in discomfort and high bills. The Village of Hanover Park is continually looking for ways to assist residents and businesses live sustainable. Local nonprofit Elevate Energy helps connect businesses and homeowners with low- or no-cost energy assessments to help them find ways to be more energy efficient.
Additionally, the State of Illinois’ “Illinois Solar for All” program funds nonprofits to encourage solar projects. Elevate Energy is part of this program. In addition to energy efficiency, Elevate Energy can help connect homeowners, businesses, and non-profits with state incentives to make solar installations more affordable.
Elevate Energy is a nonprofit organization that designs and implements programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most. For more information, visit their website at ElevateEnergy.org.
To learn more about your options for energy efficiency and home energy savings, contact your local Elevate Energy advisor:
Field Organizer (North Chicago/Northwest Suburbs)
Solarize Chicagoland is an education and group purchasing program for residential solar. Offered by the Citizens Utility Board and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Cook, Will, DuPage and Kane counties may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable.
ComEd has several solar and energy efficiency programs:
- Through their Lighting for All program, ComEd provides discounts for energy efficient lighting for homes and facilities.
- Additionally, ComEd provides income eligible energy efficiency programs.
- When you participate in Net Metering, you can lower your energy bill by producing some of the energy you use with an eligible, private solar energy system installed at your facility.
- ComEd Guide to Going Solar: For Businesses