SolSmart Designees

Hawthorn Woods

SolSmart Silver
Population: 8,666
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2017
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  • 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
The Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus is proud to host this regional environmental collaboration, bringing counties and cities together to promote renewable energy resources that advance solar technology, saves energy costs, and conserves natural resources. Any community can adopt the principles of renewable energy and work to incorporate them to align with your community. We thank the Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus team for leading this initiative to assist the cities, villages, and counties in Illinois.
- Mayor Joseph Mancino