Illinois making grants available for solar projects

March 8, 2024

The state of Illinois is making $8.5 million available as part of a broad strategy to promote equitable growth in the clean energy sector.

The funds are available through the Community Solar Energy Sovereignty Grant Program, which helps facilitate community solar projects in historically disadvantaged areas.

For this NOFO, community-based organizations and technical service providers working with those organizations are eligible to apply. Grants can be used to identify and evaluate sites, organize teams, secure contracts and other pre-development activities.

“Illinois is at the forefront of climate justice for all our communities, regardless of zip code. Clean energy is a matter of equity, and the Community Solar Energy Sovereignty Grant Program is part of our equitable and sustainable future,” Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton said in a statement.

The grant program will prioritize funding for projects contributing to environmental justice or Restore Reinvest Renew (R3) communities, which are those historically excluded from economic opportunities and areas experiencing high levels of pollution.

The grant program is helping provide clean energy in Illinois with an end goal of a 100% carbon-free future. Applications will remain open until July 1, 2024, or until the funds run out.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. can provide information on contract opportunities, plus existing and future government funding. For more information, contact

Photo courtesy of the Illinois Solar Education Association

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Gracie Warhurst has joined Strategic Partnerships, Inc. as a writer and digital content creator for the new Government Market News portal. With a rich background in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Warhurst has experience as editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, assistant web editor, and project manager for an AI journalism project. She also contributed as a reporter during the development of SPI's news portal. Warhurst graduated summa cum laude in December 2023 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and a certificate in creative writing, making her a valuable asset to the SPI team.

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