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The U.S. Department of Energy, through its Solar Market Pathways initiative, has awarded Cook County a grant to analyze the potential of community solar. A key goal is to develop five to seven demonstration sites for community solar.
Cook County is seeking rooftop and vacant land properties to potentially serve as host sites for these pilots. While this grant will not fund implementation, it will provide design, solar assessment and technical and financial feasibility analysis.
With community solar, there is no cost to the property owner of the host site and, instead, the property owner can benefit from lease revenue and/or reduced energy costs.
For property owners or portfolio managers considering solar, community solar represents a unique and invaluable opportunity. If you are interested in learning more about hosting community solar on your property, visit the Cook County Community Solar Project site discovery portal. There you will find details on this Request for Expression of Interest and how to submit your property for consideration.
Cook County Community Solar
Site Discovery Portal:
Community Solar Project Lead
Deborah C. Stone
Chief Sustainability Officer and Director
Cook County Department of Environment Control
A Message from the President
I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability. We are working not only to boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than we could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. To further this work, I appointed Deborah Stone as the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Director of the Department of Environmental Control. I also recognize that Cook County needs to share ideas and collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders and sustainability experts. In March 2012, I appointed the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council to help lift our vision higher and give us access to best practices. You can meet the Council members and read more about their mission in the “Advisory Council” section of this website. Toni Preckwinkle,Cook County Board President
What is Sustainability?
" Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."Deborah StoneChief Sustainability Officer, Cook County Government
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