Chicago Photovoltaic Incentive Program (PIP) (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name Chicago Photovoltaic Incentive Program (PIP)
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 1,000/kW in 2004 while funds last

Program Administrator ComEd
Date added to DSIRE 2003-01-27
Last DSIRE Review 2005-01-05

References DSIRE[1]


ComEd, in partnership with Spire Solar Chicago, offers Chicago property owners a rebate to help support locally-based photovoltaics manufacturing and the installation of photovoltaic systems.

Under the Photovoltaic Incentive Program (PIP), which began in January 2003, individuals and organizations are eligible for ComEd rebates on grid-tied solar-electric systems purchased from Spire Solar Chicago. All building owners are eligible, provided they are located in the Chicago and have an active ComEd electricity account. Systems must be between 1 kW and 50 kW of direct current nameplate capacity. Eligible recipients will be awarded $1,250 per kilowatt in 2003 and $1,000 per kilowatt in 2004. Rebates are available through 2004 or until funding is exhausted.

All solar energy systems will be installed by Spire Solar Chicago, a local manufacturer of solar-electric panels. Additional available incentives offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs’ Renewable Energy Resources Program, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and the U.S. federal government (the Federal Business Energy Tax Credit and MACRS) further reduce costs.

To apply, complete the PV Incentive Application or call (773) 638-1543.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Paul Wallace
Department ComEd

Address 227 West Monroe
Address 2 9th Floor Attn: Paul Wallace
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60606
Phone (312) 394-4458

Contact Name Customer Service - Spire Solar Chicago
Department Spire Solar Chicago

Address Midwest Center for Green Technology
Address 2 445 North Sacramento Blvd.
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60612
Phone (773) 638-1543


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"