IMEA Commercial Electric Efficiency Incentives Program (2019-2021)

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

Year 1 (2019): $253,882 will be available for our nonresidential Electric Utility customers as incentives toward completing energy efficiency projects.

Year 2 (2020): $260,882 may be available for nonresidential customer grants for energy improvements.

Year 3 (2021): $260,882 may be available for nonresidential 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 are also available.

Application Criteria

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

How To Apply

Applicants can submit their energy efficiency project proposals to the IMEA using one of the six IMEA application forms that best fits their proposed project. Lighting Replacement Program applicants should use the first form, "Lighting Measures." 

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 $20,000, and awarded funds must be matched dollar for dollar by the applicant. Applicants are limited to $20,000 per program annual award cycle (until Sept. 1, 2019). Any customer (or owner of multiple properties) can only receive up to $20,000 in incentive awards until Sept. 1, 2019. Then, if there are any remaining funds, applicants/business owners already awarded incentives of $20,000 would be eligible for an additional $20,000 incentive for a separate project location based on the date the application was received. Projects must be completed within 1 year from the date of the award or funding will be withdrawn.

It is anticipated that approximately 20 grants will be available during the 2019 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 to schedule and pass 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 to schedule and pass a post-project inspection. Failure to schedule and pass the 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 rwhelpley@imea.org and Bernie Saban, City of Naperville, at sabanb@naperville.il.us. 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.

Contact Information

Bernie Saban, Utility Analyst, (630) 420-6135, sabanb@naperville.il.us

2018 Grant Recipients

The following are recipients of IMEA Electric Efficiency funding for projects during the 2018-2019 grant cycle, which resulted in a savings of more than 3.8 million kWh.

Albertsons Jewel/Osco #1 - 2855 W. 95th St. Albertsons Jewel/Osco #2 - 1227 S. Naper Blvd. Arvos
Birkholz Body Werks Cadillac of Naperville Dick's Sporting Goods #643
Lexus of Naperville MEPT Springbrook (Whole Foods Plaza) Naperville Crossings/Mid-America Asset Managment
Naperville Tennis Club Toyota of Naperville