Public Sector Energy Efficiency grants are now available

Grants of up to $300,000 are available, though they typically range from $2,000 to $50,000 and are dependent on the expected electricity and natural gas energy savings.   Payback period for investment is usually between 1 and 5 years.  Lighting upgrades, HVAC retrofits, boiler tune-ups, and other controls in public office buildings, garages, water and waste water treatment plants, community centers, libraries, schools and more are eligible.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program administers Illinois Energy Now funding to public agencies in Northeastern Illinois to update and retrofit facilities to improve energy efficiency and save money. Illinois Energy Now is a suite of programs administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity that annually makes more than $70 million, collected from ratepayers of investor-owned utilities to make large scale equipment improvements to the electric and natural gas systems.

Through the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, public agencies also have access to free technical assistance and project support from 360 Energy Group to assess facilities and recommend optimal improvements; complete technical reports and bid specifications.

Learn more about the Public Sector Energy Efficiency program and submit a Project Proposal through our simple online application here.

Funding is awarded to eligible projects until exhausted, so apply early. The early bird deadline is September 30th.  Preference will be given to municipalities that contribute member dues to the Mayors Caucus.  Energy efficiency retrofits support the goals of the Greenest Region Compact 2. Funding is awarded to eligible projects until exhausted, so the deadline has been extended to November 15th.

For more information and to begin your application, visit  http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/psee/

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