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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Solary Energy as an Accessible and Affordable Option

Cook County has partnered with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to coordinate a residential and small commercial group buy program for solar energy called Solarize Chicagoland. This is the second year that the County will be co-sponsoring this program. Last year, 69 Cook County residents installed around 422 kW of solar through this program.

Home and small business owners are invited to participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts on solar installations. The aim of this program is to make solar energy more accessible and more affordable to Cook County residents through community education and volume purchasing, which can significantly reduce the up-front costs of installing solar on your home. The more people that participate, the lower the cost is for the solar installer and the lower the prices are for participants. The price comes down for everyone when certain benchmarks are surpassed.

Interested residents are encouraged to attend a Solar Power Hour webinar. These free, no obligation information sessions are being held throughout the summer. These events help interested home and small business owners determine whether solar is right for them. The Solar Power Hours cover the basics of solar, market trends, financials, how to tell if a site is ready for solar and how to participate in Solarize Chicagoland. Currently, there are webinars scheduled for June 17 at 12 pm, June 25 at 6 pm, July 22 at 6:30 pm, and July 30 at 6 pm, with more webinars to be added in the coming weeks. The schedule and program information can be found on

Please contact Sarah Edwards, Cook County Program Manager, at or 330-472-4396, with any questions. 

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