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Solar Zoning Policy Introduction
The purpose of the Solar Zoning Policy is to provide guidance for the zoning review of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the City of Chicago and to make zoning design requirements transparent for solar PV system applicants.
The policy framework identifies the major zoning districts and establishes solar PV system configuration types.
The zoning district may impact solar PV projects and may limit major design features of proposed systems, such as the size and location of the installation. The configuration type for each solar PV system will have specific design requirements.
Using the zoning district and system configuration type, the City of Chicago has established design considerations required of the solar PV system in order to obtain zoning approval.