IMEA Electric Efficiency Incentives Program (2016-2018)

The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) has awarded the City of Naperville a three-year grant to be used for energy improvements.

  • Year 1 (2016) - $333,600 will be available for our non-residential Electric Utility customers as incentives towards completing energy efficiency projects.
  • Year 2 (2017) - $333,600 would be available for customer grants for energy improvements.
  • Year 3 (2018) - Approximately $100,000 of the grant funds will be utilized for Naperville's LED streetlight replacement program. The remaining $233,600 would be available for customer grants for energy improvements.

The IMEA Electric Efficiency Program helps IMEA member cities like Naperville and their customers reduce their electric demand and consumption, thereby reducing wholesale power costs. This allows members to shift dollars for other needs and to enhance their economic climate by making utility costs more affordable for established and potential businesses.

Eligible Projects


Examples of projects that might qualify include installation of light-emitting diode (LED) exterior and interior lighting systems. Additional applications for other programs, such as refrigeration; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems; and efficient fans and motors will be available at a later date.

Application Criteria

The applicant must be a non-residential customer of Naperville's Electric Utility. Commercial, industrial, institutional, local government or non-government (schools, parks, museums, etc.) are all eligible to apply. 

How To Apply

Applicants submit their energy efficiency project proposals to the IMEA using one of the six IMEA application forms that best fits their proposed project. The lighting program forms are now available on the IMEA website with other program applications being made available at a later date.

Lighting Program Applications Now Available

Application Period

Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a first-come, first-evaluated basis until all funds are awarded. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Grant Award Amount

Projects may receive up to 50 percent of the total project cost (up to $25,000), and awarded funds must be matched dollar for dollar. It is anticipated that approximately 25 grants will be available during the 2017-2018 grant cycle.

Required Inspections

After receiving notice to proceed, but prior to commencing work, the applicant must notify the City's Inspection Dispatch at (630) 420-6100, Opt.1 and schedule a pre-project inspection. Additional inspections may be required depending on the scope of work. After all work is completed, the applicant must notify the City and schedule a post-project inspection. Failure to schedule required inspections will cause the applicant to forfeit their grant money. 

Time of Funding

After the energy efficiency project is completed, the applicant will submit a final application for funding along with invoices, receipts and other documentation by email to Rod Whelpley, IMEA, at and Bernie Saban, City of Naperville, at The City will verify all work has been completed. The IMEA then reviews the final application materials and issues the project reimbursement to the recipient.


2016 Grant Recipients

For the 2016-2017 grant cycle, there were 37 projects that received funding for an estimated savings of more than 3.4 million kilowatt hours.

1776 Legacy Circle Condo Assn. (Sequoia Realty) Calamos Real Estate - Parking Garage IPX Metrowest Investment
5th Avenue Station Calamos Real Estate #2 - Office Building Chase Bank (five locations)
Alleluia Lutheran Church Calamos Real Estate #4 - Hotel Arista Menards
Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market Continental Mazda Michael's Stores #4809
Arvos, Inc. Cracker Barrel #196 (Leidos Engineering) Monarch Landing (Naperville Senior Care)
Bay Scott Owners Association (Sequoia Realty) Danada Pro Center Condo Assn. Naperville Auto Haus
Bed Bath and Beyond #133 DeWitt Property Management - Auto Mall Naperville Park District - Commissioner's Park
Bill Jacobs BMW Dukane Precast Nichols Library
Dr. Thomas Brown, DDS Dukane Precast NEX-NRM Stellco Properties
Burlington Coat Factory Fort Hill Condo Assn. (Sequoia Realty) University Commons Shopping Center
Buy Buy Baby Grace United Methodist Church Valley Muffler/Midas

Department of Public Utilities - Electric

  • 1392 Aurora Avenue
    Naperville, IL 60540

    To set up new service: (630) 420-6059
    For billing questions: (630) 420-6059
    To report an electrical outage: (630) 420-6187
    To report streetlight issues: (630) 420-6187
    For all other electrical inquiries: (630) 420-6181