IMEA Electric Efficiency Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted

Non-residential electric utility customers can apply for energy-efficient lighting project grants

Non-residential customers of Naperville’s Electric Utility are invited to apply for the 2017 Naperville/Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) electric efficiency lighting program, which assists commercial, educational, nonprofit and institutional utility customers that are interested in energy efficiency. This is the second year of a three-year grant the IMEA has awarded the City of Naperville to be used for energy improvements.

Examples of projects that might qualify include installation of light-emitting diode (LED) exterior and interior lighting systems. 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. 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. It is anticipated that approximately 25 grants will be available during the 2017 grant cycle.

Pre-approval and pre-project inspections are required for all projects, and applicants who want to receive an incentive for an electric efficiency project should not begin the project until they have received a notice to proceed. Post-project inspections also are required. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-evaluated basis until all funds are awarded. More information about the program is available at, and applications are available at

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. For more information on this grant program, visit

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