City to Host Solar Power Hour Information Sessions
Community members can learn about residential solar power and an opportunity to lower solar energy costs through a group purchase program at two upcoming Solar Power Hour information sessions, hosted by the City of Evanston and Solarize Chicagoland.
Solarize Chicagoland is a group purchase program for residential solar energy led by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), in partnership with Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will counties. The goal of the program is to help pool residents’ buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar energy more affordable.
The first free Solar Power Hour workshop in Evanston will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Morton Civic Center’s Parasol Room (4th floor), 2100 Ridge Ave. A second workshop will be held on Thursday, August 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the same location.
At the workshops, community members will learn about the basics of solar power, its financial implications for a household, and how the Solarize Chicagoland group purchase program works. After the session, participants can take advantage of a free, no-obligation solar site assessment and will have until September 30, 2019 to enroll in the group purchase program. The solar installer will be selected by MREA through a competitive request for proposals process.
Community members unable to attend either of the workshops in Evanston can find a list of meetings in other Chicagoland communities at growsolar.org/chicagoland.
By attending a Solarize Chicagoland workshop and learning about installing solar energy at home, community members can help the City reach its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity for all Evanston properties by 2030, as outlined in the City's Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP).
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.