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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 1999

GOVERNOR LAUNCHES RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES PROGRAM

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced that applications are now being accepted for nearly $4 million in rebates and grants under the Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP). RERP provides funds for projects designed to increase the utilization of innovative energy technologies.

"It is important that we continue to explore alternative sources of energy in the State of Illinois," Ryan said. "This investment in the development and use of renewable energy will reduce our dependence on more conventional power sources."

The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA). There is currently $3.9 million availabe for rebates and grants. Projects including solar thermal energy and wind-generated energy are potential partners in the state's efforts to expand the use of renewable sources of energy.

To be eligible for the program, the applicant must be a customer of an investor owned gas or electric utility; a municipal gas or electric utility; or an electric cooperative that is assessed by the Renewable Energy Resources Trust fund. In addition to solar and wind energy projects, funding may be awarded to photovoltaic systems, dedicated crops grown for energy production, organic wast biomass and hydropower that does not involve new construction or significant expansion of hydropower dams.

Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmenta Law and Policy Center, said exploring cleaner energy sources will result in a better enviornment and better health for Illinois citizens. "Renewable energy is reliable, safe, cost-effective and will be an increasingly important part of Illinois' competitive energy future," Learner added.

Rebates of up to $5,000 are available for solar thermal energy and photovoltaic systems. Cost-sharing grants are available to eligible applicants for larger projects in accordance with program guidlines. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

To request an application form or for further information, please contact the DCCA's Bureau of Energy and Recycling at 217/785-2800.


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