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.
* 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
The next application deadline is January 17, 2019