City of Chicago - Solar Express Permit Program (Illinois)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name City of Chicago - Solar Express Permit Program
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential
Eligible Technologies Roofs, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Program Administrator City of Chicago

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


In an effort to cut fees and reduce time-in-line, the City of Chicago is streamlining and standardizing the permitting and zoning process for rooftop Photovoltaic (PV). Small and large rooftop PV generators can now access the City of Chicago Easy Permit Process. Qualifying projects can receive same-day permit approvals (a process that use to take 30 days) at reduced fees of 25% ( down from $375 to $275).

  • Small rooftop solar PV systems are those generating less than 13.44 kilowatt (kW)
  • Large rooftop solar PV systems are those generating greater than 13.44 kW

Application Procedure

The process involves the selection of a Chicago licensed solar installer and approval by the City of Chicago and ComEd. Interested applicants should view the program website or check out the guideline link below for more information on the application process.

PV Permitting Guidlines

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Sophie Marie Martinez
Department Green Permit Program Manager/Projects Administrator
Division City of Chicago
Address Room 906
Address 2 121 North LaSalle Street
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60602
Phone (312) 744-7862


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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