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Chicago Heights, Park Forest, Markham among pilot sites to help study and establish community shared


Cook County Announces Pilot Sites to Help Establish Community Shared Solar Power

Initiative will broaden the reach of solar energy to residents, businesses, institutions 

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and its partners have selected 15 pilot sites to help study and establish community shared solar power in the region.

The sites selected are located throughout Cook County and reflect a variety of building and property types, including a community college, affordable housing units, a landfill, industrial sites and places of worship.

Community shared solar is a solar-electric system that provides power and/or financial benefits to multiple community members, expanding access to solar power for renters, condominium owners, those with shaded roofs and those who choose not to install a residential system on their home for financial or other reasons.

The south suburban sites are:

  1. Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights

  2. Housing Authority of Cook County vacant land in Chicago Heights, IL.

  3. Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest

  4. Markham Courthouse, 16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Markham

Cook County and its partners, with federal funding of $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, are creating a solar energy case study and engineering assessment for each site to help property owners enter the community solar market. Read more.

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