Designation Level: SolSmart Bronze
Year Designated: 2019
In 2019, Palos Park and 22 other Illinois municipalities and counties received the coveted SolSmart designation in a ceremony at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. Palos Park received no-cost technical assistance from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, which served as a SolSmart Advisor and was the chief catalyst in the communities’ drive to seek designation.
- 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