Chances are you will be seeing solar panels more frequently on homes and businesses in the City. On top of the three acre solar plant that the City has, there are two commercial solar installations and four residential installations harvesting energy from the sun. Also, there currently are five additional residential installations in progress.
The City has developed a custom permit application to streamline solar project approvals, and our Electrical Engineering department is available to help with any questions you might have. The systems are becoming much more affordable due to a Federal Tax Credit of 30% and an Illinois Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC) program. Between the tax credit and the SRECs, more than 50% of the cost of the installation is covered. Installing solar won’t make your utility bill go away, but it can make a significant reduction to it. The City also has a net-metering process to purchase excess energy generated by the customer that flows back to the grid. Contact the Electric Utility at 630.377.4407 if you have interest in putting solar on your residence or business.