More than $100,000 in grants to support small wind energy projects in Illinois were announced recently. Is assistance available in your state?
The Illinois grants go to support projects that:
- Reduce the energy costs for rural home owners and businesses,
- Allow the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to evaluate the effectiveness of these turbines as a viable source of renewable energy for rural locations in Illinois.
- Have turbines with a capacity of 100 kilowatts (kW) or less.
- Powers electric generators that individuals use to help lower electric bills for homes, farms and small businesses.
The Illinois DCEO will evaluate these grant projects and determine what measures are necessary and appropriately structure larger, future incentive offerings.
Two project examples:
- Heavenly Winds, LLC, in northweatern Illinois, is using it's grant to bring energy to the owners home and small business, which is a renewable energy dealership specializing in solar photovoltaic installations and small wind systems.
- Another grantee is using his grant to promote sustainability in his already super-efficient Zero-Energy Home, which uses a climate-specific design with passive heating and cooling, opimizing energy so that the home produces as much energy as it consumes.
A total of seven grants were awarded.