Rooftop Solar Initiatives
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
The Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit: This tax credit deducts a percentage of your solar project costs from your federal income taxes. With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the credit is now 30% from 2023 to 2032. 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.
Illinois Shines: The state will provide a monetary incentive for renewable energy credits generated over a solar installation’s first 15 or 20 years of operation for accepted projects. Many different project types are eligible, however interested parties can only apply for funding through approved vendors. With questions, reach out to the program administrator at email@example.com or 877-783-1820. For more information, click here. This webpage also includes updates.
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 secure significant discounts on solar installation by pooling their buying power. The program builds on previous years of success that helped over 200 local property owners go solar.
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.
- ComEd has created a helpful step-by-step reference webpage:
Consumer Protection Resources
Village of Northbrook Gold Designation
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.
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.