What is a Trade Ally?
The DCEO Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program has been created for the benefit of both our Trade Ally partners and their clients, forging connections that can lead to increased energy savings through the DCEO incentives. Trade Allies are general contractors, lighting contractors, HVAC contractors, engineers, architects, energy service companies, and energy-saving product wholesalers, distributors and retailers who are trained on the program to deliver more energy efficient building solutions to their public sector clients. Since they are fully trained on the portfolio of energy efficiency programs, Trade Allies have a solid understanding of program rules and procedures.
Our Trade Allies play an important role in educating their clients about energy efficiency programs and rebates. Through ongoing program support and guidance from program staff and engineers, DCEO Trade Allies can help their clients navigate the incentive process, including completing DCEO incentive applications.
Unlike trade ally programs offered through public utilities, the DCEO Trade Ally Program is designed exclusively for industry professionals working with public sector clients. In addition, all the funding dollars go directly to the property owner rather than to the contractor.