Getting Started with Solar
Welcome to the Village of Wilmette’s solar resource webpage. Wilmette is seeking ways to enhance the amount of solar energy installed in our community. This webpage represents a collection of solar resources and information for the community. Our community’s solar goals can be found in our Solar Statement.
For more information about the basics of solar energy please visit:
Policies and Processes
Refer to the Village of Wilmette’s solar permitting checklist for a complete list of required materials for a permit.
Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, supports local solar companies in Illinois, saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.
Solar Maps and Potential
Finding a Contractor and Going Solar
How to Choose a Qualified Solar Installer – key considerations from ISEA if you are thinking about installing solar on your property.
Consumer Solar Checklist ‐ a checklist for residential consumers considering solar energy from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights – ensuring a positive consumer experience by addressing important issues from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions
A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing – learn about different financing options from CESA, the Clean Energy States Alliance.
Rooftop Solar Financing 101 – an informative short video from the GW Solar Institute explaining different solar financing options.
Solar Rights and Procedure
The Illinois Municipal Code states in Division 13 Zoning that municipalities have the following powers: (10) … to regulate or forbid any structure or activity which may hinder access to solar energy necessary for the proper functioning of a solar energy system, as defined in Section 1.2 of the Comprehensive Solar Energy Act of 1977 Illinois state law also prohibits a homeowners’ association or similar entity from preventing a homeowner from installing a solar energy system. Public Act 097‐0105 states: No deed restrictions, covenants, or similar binding agreements running with the land shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting a solar energy system from being installed on a building erected on a lot or parcel covered by the deed restrictions, covenants, or binding agreements, if the building is subject to a homeowners’ association, common interest community association, or condominium unit owners’ association.
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