The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), an organization of Chicago-area communities, has helped numerous municipalities achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze SolSmart designation. MMC is focused on regional cooperation, which proved a successful framework for their SolSmart cohort. Collaboration and resource-sharing were key to the group’s success in bringing these communities together to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar.
- 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