Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: Bronze 2019 / Silver 2022
In 2019, 23 Illinois municipalities and counties, including River Forest, received the coveted SolSmart designation in a ceremony at Argonne National Laboratory. These communities 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
SolSmart is a critical source of technical assistance to help us improve our permitting and public education processes at the local level. This initiative will make solar more easily accessible to homeowners and businesses, and makes our community more attractive to potential new businesses and residents. We appreciate the River Forest Sustainability Commission for introducing the Village to the SolSmart program and working to continually improve our environment.
- Cathy Adduci, River Forest Village President