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Warrenville, IL 60555
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Warrenville News

Posted on: January 22, 2019

Warrenville Joins SolSmart

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Ron Mentzer, Director of Community and Economic Development

Email: rmentzer@warrenville.il.us

Phone: (630) 393-9050

Warrenville Joins SolSmart

To Accelerate Solar Use, Promote Jobs, and Spur Business Development

Warrenville, IL (January 8, 2019) – The City of Warrenville has taken an important step to improve quality of life for residents, spur business development and job creation, and protect the environment by enrolling in SolSmart, a national designation program to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. Municipalities participating in SolSmart use the program’s resources to streamline development of solar power installations on homes and businesses, cut electricity costs for them, and reduce pollution for all.

Warrenville is one of 23 Chicago-area municipalities and counties that will receive expert technical assistance on solar energy development from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (Caucus), which has been selected to serve as a “SolSmart Advisor” in the region.

Experts say interest in new solar installations is skyrocketing in Illinois, leading Warrenville to act now and get on the forefront of this rapidly-expanding green technology.

“SolSmart is a critical source of technical assistance to help us improve our permitting processes at the local level,” says Warrenville Mayor David Brummel. “This makes solar more easily accessible to homeowners and businesses, and makes our community more attractive to potential new businesses and residents.”

SolSmart is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association. SolSmart awards highly-coveted designations of Gold, Silver or Bronze based on municipalities’ achievements and level of program involvement.

Among many resources provided, SolSmart offers communities a template for a standard installation permit that’s aligned with national standards, codes, and best practices. This standardization eases the administrative burden for developers of small-scale residential solar systems and increases city staff’s efficiency in permitting.

Participating local governments will receive extensive assistance from the Caucus on best practices to speed up local solar development, assistance from national SolSmart staff, and work with other partner organizations to train City staff to evaluate and inspect solar installations. 

Municipalities also receive expert guidance on adapting zoning codes to remove barriers to solar development, engaging and educating local residents and businesses on solar energy, and other activities that can expedite local solar development.

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