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Solar Energy in Evanston

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The City of Evanston is committed to supporting solar energy in Evanston. In 2018, Evanston City Council unanimously adopted an ambitious Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) which made Evanston the first City in Illinois to commit to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and the first with a community carbon neutral goal for 2050. Solar energy will play a significant role in achieving these goals. 

Solar in Evanston

  • Solarize Chicagoland is a group buy solar program that allows residents, for a limited time, to sign-up to have solar installed at bulk prices. More details can be found on Solarize Chicagoland's webpage. The City will co-host multiple informational webinars, called "Solar Power Hours," for residents. The first 2020 webinar will be on Thursday, June 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Click here to register. July dates are to be announced. 

  • The Evanston Solar Installation Checklist, Permit Application and Inspection Requirements can be found here: Evanston Solar Checklist and Permit Application 

  • Schedule an Inspection - Call 3-1-1 in Evanston or dial 847-448-4311 outside of Evanston. In order to schedule an inspection please have your address and permit number ready and available to give to City staff.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on Evanston homes and businesses help decarbonize Evanston’s electricity supply and provide distributed resource generation. Solar thermal systems provide hot water without burning natural gas, further reducing our community’s carbon footprint. 

SolSmart-Gold_Logo_colorIn recognition of Evanston's commitment to solar energy, in October 2017, the City was awarded a Gold designation through the U.S Department of Energy's SolSmart designation program. The SolSmart certification ensures that communities are leading the way in solar power use and effectiveness.  


Solar Information and Resources

Interested in learning about the solar potential of your rooftop? The Project Sunroof tool provides an estimate of the solar potential of your rooftop.