SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Silver
Population: 31,051
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2021
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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
  • Provided a streamlined permitting pathway for small PV systems
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