Solarize Chicagoland Launches Program for Second Year

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Cook County Government - Toni Preckwinkle - Cook County Board President

Environment and Sustainability

Solarize Chicagoland Launches Program for Second Year

Solarize Chicagoland logo

With people spending more time at home and using more electricity, now is the perfect time to explore the benefits of solar energy to save money on utility bills over the long-term. For the second year, Cook County is co-sponsoring Solarize Chicagoland, a solar group buy program run by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Citizens Utility Board.

This program makes solar more affordable and easier to attain for Chicagoland residents through community education and volume purchasing, which can significantly reduce the up-front costs of installing solar on your home. Last year, 69 Cook County residents installed a total of about 422 kilowatts of solar through the program.

Solar program graphic: "69 Solarize installations in Cook County"

The more people who go solar, the lower the price for all. The price comes down for everyone when certain benchmarks are surpassed. Once the participants of the group buy collectively reach 50 kW of capacity, everyone gets an additional reduction of the price of their array. Additional reductions occur at 150 kW, 250 kW and 500 kW.

Solar Power Hour Webinars

How to participate in Solarize Chicagoland, the basics of solar, market trends, financials and how to tell if a site is ready for solar are all topics covered during virtual Solar Power Hour webinars.

These free, no obligation webinars are currently scheduled for:

 June 17 at 12 p.m.

June 25 at 6 p.m.

July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

and July 30 at 6 p.m.

with more webinars to be added in the coming weeks.


Solarize Chicagoland logo

To learn more about the program and to register for a Solar Power Hour webinar, please visit: