Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2019
In 2019, 23 Illinois municipalities and counties, including Naperville, received the coveted SolSmart designation in a ceremony at Argonne National Laboratories in Lemont, Illinois.
- 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
As a City, we continue to focus on environmental sustainability, including reducing barriers to solar energy growth for our residents and businesses and our most recent SolSmart Silver designation.
- Mayor Steve Chirico