IMEA Electric Efficiency Incentives Program (2016-2018)

The IMEA has received project applications that, if all are awarded, are in excess of our available funding and NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS are being accepted at this time. If there are future project cancellations or reduced incentive awards that make additional funding available, we will reopen application acceptance.  

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 was available for our non-residential Electric Utility customers as incentives towards completing energy efficiency projects.
  • Year 2 (2017) - $333,600 was available for non-residential customer grants for energy improvements.
  • Year 3 (2018) - $233,600 will be available for non-residential customer grants for energy improvements and $100,000 will be used for Naperville's LED streetlight replacement program.

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.

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 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.

2017 Grant Recipients

The following are recipients of IMEA Electric Efficiency funding for projects during the 2017-2018 grant cycle, which resulted in a savings of more than 3.3 million kWh.

Advance Auto Parts #2 Gerald Auto Group - Oldsmobile Old Farm Marketplace (Edgemark)
Avkar Grocers (KRUT Systems, LLC) Illinois Auto Electrical Co. OROCHEM Technologies
Advance Auto Parts #2029 McDonalds #22430 Oxford Bank & Trust, 1260 Book Road
Carnica #240 Midwest Warehouse & Distribution Oxford Bank & Trust, 2920 83rd Street
City of Naperville Municipal Center Musical Expressions Park Place Condo Association #3
College of DuPage - Naperville campus Naper Auto Works Park Place Condo Association
Continental Mazda Naperville Cadillac Park Place Condo Association - Sequoia Realty Group
COSTCO Naperville Executive Center Riverbrook Shopping Center #1
First Midwest Bank Naperville Presbyterian Church Riverbrook Shopping Center #2
Fox Run Shopping Center (Edgemark) Naperville Public Library-95th Street Teen Area Target Graphics
Gerald Auto Group - Kia NEX-NRM Dukane Precast Trancel LLC - Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Gerald Auto Group - Nissan  

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