Energy Incentives FAQ’s

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Energy Incentives FAQ’s 2017-08-24T12:57:30+00:00

Businesses, not-for-profits, and government entities whose utilities participate in the state’s energy efficiency programs are eligible for substantial cash rebates and incentives when they embark on projects intended to lower energy consumption. Sustainable Lighting Solutions is a long-time trade ally of utilities offering energy-efficiency program. SLS providers a “turnkey” solution for organizations interested in reducing their energy consumption. SLS will assess your facility, offer a superior energy solution, manage the rebate application and approval process, and both install the solution and manage the project with the least amount of disruption as possible, so as to ensure that you remain focused on running your organization.

SLS Energy Incentives FAQ's

What kind of organizations are eligible?

SLS has worked with businesses small and large, including doctors’ offices, manufacturing and industrial warehouses, machine shops, auto dealers, grocers, and more. We also have worked with not-for-profits and governments, including fire stations and park districts, municipalities, and more.

In Illinois, all private and public facilities located within Ameren Illinois and ComEd electrical service areas or Ameren Illinois, Nicor, North Shore or Peoples Gas service areas are eligible for the state funded program. Select municipally owned utilities are eligible through a municipal cooperative program.

Why bother?

Lighting accounts for 20% to 50% of the average business’ electricity consumption. That means you can enjoy significant savings—year after year—by making simple lighting improvements. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll love your lighting improvements. Customers employees’ rave about how much better they can see! Better lighting gives your overall facility a cost-effective facelift. Best yet, you start saving money immediately on reduced energy and maintenance costs. Many of our customers save thousands of dollars annually.

How quickly can we expect a payback?

Most organizations see a payback on their investment in a year or two. If you call SLS today at (847) 841-7048, we’ll get your application in the pipeline.

Are only Illinois business customers eligible?

SLS is based out of Illinois and works with an array of programs throughout the Midwest and Southeast. We have worked with businesses outside Illinois in Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia and more. Please contact us (847) 841-7048 to learn if you’re eligible.

Are public facilities eligible?

Yes. SLS works with the Illinois Energy Now program, administered through DCEO, to capture up to 75% of a project’s costs for public sector initiatives. SLS also works with municipally owned and operated utilities, working through the IMEA. Rebates vary by product type and project scope.

Examples of public facilities include:

  • Local governments including municipalities, townships, and county facilities.
  • Special units of local governments including library and park districts, public safety, water reclamation districts, and airport authorities.
  • Public schools including K-12, community colleges and public universities. State and federal agencies including corrections facilities and military efficiency program fee
    energy efficiency program fee

What types of projects are eligible?

Potential upgrades to electric and natural gas systems include but are not limited to:

  • Lighting Equipment
  • HVAC Equipment
  • Gas Equipment
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Waste Water Treatment Aeration Systems
  • Residential, commercial, industrial and non-profit organizations are eligible for energy efficiency incentives from their participating utility provider:

What are some of the programs that SLS works with?

  • Ameren Illinois Act on Energy Programs
  • ComEd Smart Ideas Programs
  • Nicor Gas
  • North Shore Gas
  • Peoples Gas
  • IMEA Electric Efficiency Program
  • MidAmerica Energy

SLS is an experienced program ally and works with energy efficiency program providers to obtain the maximum amount of cash rebates for every customer. Please see our incentive page for more program information.

How much money is available? 

Every program varies, but demand traditionally is greater than supply. Since the funding remains limited, approvals end when the money runs out. And while applications are accepted on a rolling basis, those who apply after funds are depleted will likely need to wait for the next funding year.

As of March 2017, more than 52,800 Northern Illinois businesses have participated in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program since 2008. These businesses earned more than $384.1 million in total business incentives. This savings equals an annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 459,100 homes’ electric use for one year or removing 558,000 cars from the road. Check out the ComEd program factsheet here.

What should I do next? 

Contact SLS today. Let us know your utility providers and we’ll find the applicable program. We’ll also manage the application process and be able to provide an estimate of your rebate, and long term cost savings. Don’t wait! Let’s get started today. Call any of our energy advisers at (847) 841-7048 or send an email to set a time for your free on-site assessment.