In summer 2014, Vote Solar, Environmental Law & Policy Center, City of Chicago, Illinois Solar Energy Association and World Wildlife Fund collaborated to offer a solar panel bulk purchase discount to homeowners in the Chicago area. Our original goal for sign-ups was 750 registrations, but we received more than 2,100 registrations — proving that there is a high demand for rooftop solar in a diverse set of communities, from Edison Park to the South Shore and from West Lawn to Edgewater. In total, the Solar Chicago initiative resulted in:
113 new solar projects
461 kilowatts of new solar energy capacity
$600,000+ saved on installations (base price for the area was $4.50/watt before Solar Chicago and just $3.19/watt during Solar Chicago — almost a 30% savings)
4.08 kW average project size (largest was 8.64 kW in Maywood and 1.10 kW in Chicago)
Solar rooftop projects were installed in the following communities (also see map above):
- Chicago-area suburbs: Berwyn, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Elmhurst, Evanston, Glencoe, Hanover Park, Highland Park, Kane County, Maywood, Mokena, Oak Park, Pinigree Grove, River Forest, Wheaton, Wilmette
- City of Chicago neighborhoods: Albany Park, Avalon Park, Avondale, Beverly, Dunning, East Garfield Park, East Side, Edgewater, Edison Park, Forest Glen, Hermosa, Hyde Park, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, New City, North Center, North Park, Norwood Park, Portage Park, Riverdale, South Shore, Uptown, West Lawn, West Ridge, West Town.