While Illinois does not have a model wind ordinance* in place, it has established a maximum setback limit for wind turbines.** State law has established that no municipality or county government may require a wind turbine (or other renewable energy system) used for onsite energy generation to be setback more than 1.1 times the height of the system from the end user's property line.
Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems for property-tax purposes. For property owners who register with a chief county assessment officer, solar energy equipment is valued at no more than a conventional energy system. Eligible equipment includes both active and passive solar-energy systems. The exemption is not valid for equipment that is equally usable in a conventional energy system or for components that serve non-solar energy generating (e.g., structural, aesthetic, insulating, etc.) purposes.
It is the purpose of this Act to provide incentives for decreased generation of municipal waste, to require certain counties to develop comprehensive waste management plans that place substantial emphasis on recycling and other alternatives to landfills, to encourage municipal recycling and source reduction, and to promote composting of yard waste.
Illinois law prohibits homeowners' associations, common interest community associations and condominium unit owners' associations from preventing homeowners from using or installing solar energy systems. These associations may not deny homeowners permission to install solar energy systems, but they may specify the location of the solar energy system, as long as such specifications do not "impair the effective operation" of the system. In July 2011, the legislature enacted a bill (Public Act 97-0105) which added a provision for wind energy.
The State of Illinois Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP) promotes the development of renewable energy in Illinois. This program is funded by the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund - the state's public benefits fund - and is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
Fiscal Year 2014 rates are listed below. The budget is roughly $1.5 million, and applications will be accepted through October 31, 2013. Unlike previous years, rebate recipients will be selected from the pool of applicants based on random selection.
The Illinois Small Business Jobs Creation Tax Credit program provides small business owners and non-profits with an extra boost to grow their business over the next four years. After creating one or more new, full-time positions that meet the eligibility requirements, small businesses can register online to receive a $2,500 per job tax credit. The program officially went live on July 1, 2012 and this is for new jobs created July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016.
'''''Note: The most recent application period closed January 15, 2011. Check the program web site for the status of the next round of applications.'''''
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is offering $50 Million in Energy Efficiency Matching Grants for Illinois Schools over the next two fiscal years. The initial round of grants opened on October 12, 2010 and concluded with applications due on or before January 15, 2011.
A business establishing a new wind power facility in Illinois that will not be located in an Enterprise Zone* may be eligible for designation as a "High Impact Business." After receiving the designation, the facility is entitled to a full exemption of the state sales tax (6.25%) and any additional local state sales taxes for building materials incorporated into the facility. The project must involve a minimum of a $12 million investment creating 500 full-time jobs or an investment of $30 million causing the retention of 1,500 full-time jobs.