Are you part of a municipal or county body hoping to make solar a more viable option for your residents? These resources will help you get on the right track.
This page gives an overview of the SolarAPP program, and how it works to streamline permitting to reduce the soft costs of solar. It is free for municipal permitting departments!
Learn about how to make your community solar ready.ISEA held a webinar in September of 2018 in conjunction with SolSmart and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. View the recording here. Download the slides here.
Permitting, Planning, and Zoning Resources
County Wind and Solar Zoning Restrictions Issue Brief
House Bill 4412 was approved by the General Assembly during the January “lame duck” session of the 102nd General Assembly. The vote in the House was 73-36 and the vote in the Senate was 33-17. Governor Pritzker signed the bill into law on January 27, 2023, as P.A. 102-1123. This is also the effective date for the new law.
The new law includes multiple provisions. Of interest to counties is the language within the Illinois Counties Code that restricts local zoning authority over the siting of wind and solar facilities.
This summary is intended as a resource to familiarize county officials and staff with the content within the law that amends the Illinois Counties Code. ISACo recommends that each county request that their State’s Attorney review the text of the law and advise about appropriate compliance.
Illinois Local Zoning and Building Regulations for Solar
How to Work with Municipal Utilities and Rural Cooperatives
If you're interested in learning how to work with municipal utilities and rural cooperatives downstate, this presentation by Michelle Knox will fill you in.
Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act Amendments