Rooftop Solar Initatives
Solar PV Permit Applications
Visit this webpage for Northbrook's solar permitting process.
You can install solar panels on your property and benefit directly from solar energy in Illinois. The best way to go solar is to compare multiple quotes - you can join the EnergySage Marketplace for free to begin comparing your options from installation companies near you. Want to start with a little more research? Check out average prices for solar in Illinois, or read through reviews of the best local solar installers in Illinois.
Solar Funding Programs
Grow Solar Chicagoland is a grassroots residential and commercial group purchasing program for solar. Home and business owners throughout the Chicagoland region may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable. The program builds on previous years of successful programs that helped over 200 local property owners go solar.
Register now: The Village is partnering with the Library and Grow Solar to offer a Virtual Solar Power Hour on August 25 at 7pm. In this hour-long presentation you’ll learn the basics of solar, how it can save you money, and how the solar group buy program works. Then you are eligible to receive a free, no obligation site assessment from a competitively-selected solar installer to get the ball rolling on a custom quote for your property.
The Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit: This tax credit deducts a percentage of your solar project costs from your federal income taxes. The credit is 26% and is scheduled to drop to 22% in 2023. You must own your panels to receive the tax credit. The system must be installed before the end of the year, and you must pay federal taxes to benefit. If the credit amounts to more than you paid in federal taxes in a single year, it can roll over for up to five years. Learn more about the residential energy credit (Form 5695) on the IRS website or on the Solar Energy Industries Association website.
Solar Financing: There are many financial resources available to help you pay for your solar investment. Two common types of loans are: bridge loans (covers the period between installing a system and receiving your incentives) and solar loans (offered by banks, credit unions and solar panel manufacturers).
Calculate the Solar Potential of your Property
- Project Sunroof is a Google-sponsored webpage that assists people with determining how much money they can save with solar power using Google Earth. Visit the Project Sunroof website to get started.
- ComEd has created a helpful step-by-step reference webpage for people who are interested in learning more about the possibility of using solar power. Check out their Getting Started With Solar resource. ComEd also has a helpful resource guide that assists citizens with finding a qualified solar power contractor. Additionally, ComEd has created a webpage that conveniently lists information regarding solar power financial incentives and tax credits.
Consumer Protection Resources
Introduction to Rooftop Solar, provided by Citizens Utility Board
The Village of Northbrook has received Gold designation from the US Department of Energy's SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes the Village for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Gold designation is a signal that the Village of Northbrook is “open for solar business.”
Village of Northbrook Solar Renewable Energy Potential Study
In September 2020 paleBLUEdot, LLC presented the Village with a draft Solar Renewable Energy Potential Study to establish community-wide rooftop solar PV potential throughout the Village. Detailed in the report are Solar Financing and Incentives, Village-wide Solar Potentials, Methodologies and Data, Technical and Generational Capacities, Market History and Projections, Summary of Benefits, and Community-wide Solar Recommendations. View the full report here.
Illinois Solar Education Association 2022 Solar Tour
Thinking of powering your home with solar? Would you like to meet local residents and hear their ‘going solar’ journey? Go Green Northbrook and Greener Glenview invite you to visit homes with Solar! On September 24th local homeowners with solar installations have volunteered as Ambassadors for Solar and will be available at their homes to discuss their experience and choices they made to ‘go solar’!