Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation - Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment*
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The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Plants. This program will award grants to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) committed to achieving site net zero energy (NZE) performance, or better. Plants must maximize energy efficiency and offset all of their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. Grant payments will be tied to performance.
The goal of the program is to encourage WWTPs to take a holistic approach integrating energy efficiency, renewable self-generation and best practices. The Foundation aims to fund projects that demonstrate the energy potential of wastewater and feasibility of site NZE operation in the sector. These flagship facilities will educate the public and professionals and contribute to the knowledge of operating site NZE WWTPs.
* Publicly owned and operated wastewater treatment facilities; either by local government or public agency established by legislative action
* Facilities must be designed and scheduled to operate on a 24/7/365 basis
* Must track and make public their energy performance data
* Must share information on the practices and technologies used; disseminate learnings at conferences and in trade publication
* May use ESCOs/performance-based contracts
* Facility-wide energy plan and long-term commitment to site net zero energy
* Located in Illinois
* Must not have started construction
* Provide public access for educational purposes
* Showcase net zero energy mission including through permanent displays and highly visible signage
* Must retire any environmental attributes (i.e. renewable energy credits, emission offsets, etc.) associated with the project
Reaching the site net zero energy goal may depend on implementing a series of measures over several years. Eligible applicants may apply for support during successive grant cycles, up to $500,000 per request. Grants will be paid after successful implementation and performance. Each grant includes up to 5% (or $25,000, whichever is less) for permanent educational signage and displays.
Last review date: 8/15/2019
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