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Solar in Kane County

In October 2017, Kane County was awarded Bronze-level designation under the SolSmart program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, SolSmart helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth and make it easier for homes and businesses to go solar.

 



 


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Solar Statement 
Kane County’s Solar Statement expresses the County’s commitment to becoming a more solar-friendly community.

Permitting and Planning, Zoning and Development Regulations 
To obtain a permit for a solar installation in unincorporated Kane County, applicants will need to submit the standard Building & Zoning Permit Application​ along with two attachments:
1. Solar Power Handout - Information Required for Permit Application
2. Required Submittals for Solar Panel Systems

Special Focus Categories
 
Kane County promotes solar energy education through participation in the Fox Valley Sustainability Network.

 

Solar Goals for Kane County

Through previous planning efforts, Kane County has developed a solid framework of strategies and goals for supporting renewable energy: 

 
Kane County 2040 Energy Plan (adopted in June 2011) 
  • Strategy 3—Encourage on-site renewable energy for residential buildings 
  • Strategy 9—Encourage on-site renewable energy for commercial and industrial buildings 

 
  • Objective 2.9.2—To be a leader and role model in the use of renewable resources within Kane County and throughout the region 
  • Objective 2.9.5—To promote economic development and workforce trained in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry 
  • Objective 2.9.7—To facilitate the siting of smart grid technology and renewable energy infrastructure 

 
Kane County Operational Sustainability Plan (adopted in February 2013) 
  • Strategy F3—Consider purchase or installation of renewable energy for county facility energy use 
  • Action Item F3.1—Research feasibility of renewable energy project on County property 
  • Action Item F3.2—Conduct pilot renewable energy project on County property 

 

Solar Resources for the Community


 
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