Small Installations and the Easy Permit Process
Small rooftop solar PV systems (<13.44kw) can now access the City’s Easy Permit Process (EPP). where qualifying projects can receive same-day permit approvals at reduced fees. For projects that meet the Easy Permit Process (EPP) requirements, the permitting process was cut down from 30 days to one day, and the fee schedule was reduced by 25%, from $375 to $275.
Shaded areas represent stages in process that were improved in 2013
- Select a properly licensed solar contractor with experience installing solar in Chicago and securing available incentive dollars.
- Design system and determine the expected energy generation (solar contractor).
- Secure cash, any loans, and rebates or other incentives. DSIRE Solar gives a good overview of available rebates and incentives in Illinois, click here for details.
- Apply to the City of Chicago and ComEd for approval (solar contractor) (Improved in 2013).
Along with the Easy Permit Process, Chicago’s Department of Buildings has published new guidelines that allow general contractors to clearly demonstrate safe design of solar systems on all Chicago building types, leading to a reduction of engineering fees and potential savings of $2,000-$4,000 for qualifying solar projects [click here for the Photovoltaic Panel Permitting Guidelines].
The new City of Chicago Solar Zoning Policy [click here for the Solar Zoning Policy] gives clear guidance on how to design solar projects in accordance with the City’s zoning ordinance. In the EPP process, applicants are able to forgo a dedicated zoning review, saving time and money.
Apply to ComEd for Interconnection and Net Metering. Learn more on ComEd's website.
If your electricity is supplied through the City’s electricity aggregation program, contact Integrys Energy Services at http://www.integrysenergy.com/il-chicago or (888) 802-2885 to apply for net metering. If your electricity is provided by another alternative supplier, contact your supplier to apply.
- Install the system as designed and approved (solar contractor).
- Have your system inspected by both the Chicago Department of Buildings and ComEd. Once approved notify ComEd (solar contractor) (Improved in 2013).
- Begin generating clean energy on your roof!