Non-Residential Renewable Energy Grant Program

Non-residential Renewable Energy Grant Deadline

Non-residential Renewable Energy Grant applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2019.  The City anticipates additional funding opportunities in 2020. Click here for an application. For more information, contact Bernie Saban at

Non-Residential Renewable Energy Grant Program

Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a competitive basis and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 to Bernie Saban at

Naperville's Renewable Energy Program allows residential and commercial Naperville Electric Utility customers to make voluntarily monthly donations through their electric bill to support the City’s investment in renewable energy.

Effective May 3, 2012, the City began management of this program in-house. As a result of management efficiencies, the City program is able to continue to source 100 percent of its renewable energy offering from Illinois-sited renewable energy facilities and also make grant funds available to directly fund local community-based renewable energy projects within Naperville. The funding source for this program are Naperville's Electric Utility customers who invest in renewable energy through their monthly bill payments.

Goals of the Renewable Energy Grant Program

  1. Increase or create opportunities for our community to learn about renewable solutions.
  2. Support grant projects that measurably increase renewable energy usage and displace fossil fuels.
  3. Have grant projects that can be replicated.

Non-Residential Renewable Energy Projects that May Qualify:

  • Passive Solar Space Heat
  • Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar, Photovoltaic, Wind, Biomass and Fuel Cells
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Fuel Cells Using Renewable Fuels
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies

Application Criteria

  1. Applicant must be a non-residential Naperville Electric Utility customer.  Preference will be given to those applicants having a mission that serves the larger community and have a community education component about renewable energy solutions to their project (e.g., public or private schools, parks, museums, institutions, universities, service clubs, events, gathering spots, and places of worship, etc.).  
  2. Applicant must be a contributor to the Renewable Energy Program at the time the grant application is submitted and for at least 24 consecutive months thereafter. Applicant must be a contributor at time of application at an 800 kWh level, which is about $20/month.
  3. Projects must be located and installed in Naperville. 

How To Apply

Applicants can email their renewable energy project proposals to Bernie Saban at using the 2019 Renewable Energy Grant application.

Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a competitive basis and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

Applications will be scored based on certain criteria, including:

  • Education & Marketing - Quality and scope of community outreach and education plan
  • Overall Aesthetics
  • Financial Implications - Return on investment
  • Environmental Implications - How will this project reduce emissions?
  • Fairness - How long has applicant been contributing to the Renewable Energy Program?

Grant Award Amount

Grant awards are limited to the following:

  • $50,000 maximum cost reimbursement award.
  • 50% of the applicant’s total cost of the energy improvement project. 
  • The City grant award amount and grants from all other sources shall not exceed the total project cost.

The City reserves the right to change the funding levels based on the number of qualified projects submitted. After Oct. 31, 2019, there will not be an opportunity to apply for the Renewable Energy Grant until 2020, when the City anticipates there will be additional funding opportunities.

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 award.

Time of Funding

After the renewable energy project is completed and the applicant has scheduled and passed a post-project final inspection, the applicant will submit a signed certification that the project has been completed, along with invoices, receipts and other documentation, by email to Bernie Saban at The City will verify all work and inspections have been completed, review the final application materials and issue the project reimbursement to the recipient.