Cook County has received a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Cook County for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development.
SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. More than 150 cities, counties, and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016. As a SolSmart designee, Cook County is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installations and pass those savings on to consumers. The actions our County has taken will help encourage solar companies to do business in the area, driving economic development and creating local jobs. This allows even more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean, and reliable electricity through solar.