The US state of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has established a Public Sector Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Pilot Program that provides cash incentives for individual CHP projects at Illinois public sector facilities.

The cash incentives are capped at $2 million or 50% of project cost, whichever is less, for a single CHP installation and are linked to performance, delivering support at key development stages such as design completion, commissioning and after a year of operations.

Available for CHP projects that increase energy efficiency for local government, municipal corporations, public school districts, universities and state facilities, for example, the programme requires a 60% minimum with at least 20% of the heat energy output required to be used as thermal demand.

Final applications requiring an engineering feasibility analysis are due in November.