Mundelein is honored to have earned the Silver SolSmart recognition. Being formally recognized in this manner helps to position our community as a leader in sustainability and renewable energy. We’re proud of the steps we have taken and continue to take to make it easier for our residents to utilize solar energy. I applaud the Board of Trustees, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Building Department, and the Community Development team for working together to make renewable energy a priority. This award required a great deal of teamwork and I’m proud to be in the company of other forward-thinking, like-minded municipalities to make notable strides forward regarding solar energy.”Steve Lentz, Mayor
Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers.
Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
Allowed solar by-right accessory use in all zones (so solar installations don’t require special permits or hearings)
Cross-trained both inspection and permitting staff on solar PV
To make it easier (less restrictive) for residents to utilize solar energy.
Created website page dedicated to sustainable energy, solar energy specifically.
Outlined solar energy guidelines on the site.
Building Department team trained in best practices for solar and renewable energy.
Mayor and Board of Trustees-Approved staff recommendations
Community Development-Revised and Updated Zoning Codes
Planning and Zoning Commission-Made recommendations and presented those recommendations to Community Development staff.
Building Department-Trained to better understand proper solar installations