Grant allows Stone Center to go geothermal

2012-12-01T03:00:00Z Grant allows Stone Center to go geothermalTHE SOUTHERN The Southern
December 01, 2012 3:00 am  • 

A $50,000 GeoAlliance grant was recently presented to SIU Carbondale to help in funding the installation of a geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system in the Stone Center.

The grant program is funded by Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and administered by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. Grant funding is passed down from the association to Illinois cooperatives who re-grant it to qualifying members who receive electricity from them. The cooperative in this case was Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association in Steeleville and Murphysboro.

The purpose of the grant program is to encourage the use of clean and efficient geothermal systems to heat and cool not-for-profit and public facilities that receive electric service from Illinois electric cooperatives. The grants are awarded for one-third of the incremental difference between the cost of a traditional fossil heating and cooling system and a geothermal heating and cooling system up to a cap of $50,000 per installation.

“The ICECF appreciates the leadership of AIEC and Southern Illinois University Carbondale on this effort. The university will benefit from improved comfort in its new facility, lower operating and maintenance costs and reduced energy use, leading to less pollution in Illinois communities,” Dennis O’Brien, executive director of ICECF, said in a news release. “At the same time, organizations like Southern Illinois University can offer their peers, and the wider commercial sector, proof of the energy and maintenance savings during a building’s lifecycle. These benefits far outweigh the initial capital investment for installing a geothermal system.”

GeoAlliance grant funding will be available until April 30 or until the funding has been depleted before that date.

For more information, contact your local electric cooperative or contact Nancy McDonald at the AIEC at 217-241-7954 or

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