Brookfield Wins National Award for Expedited Solar Projects

The Village of Brookfield is proud to announce that it has earned designation as a “bronze-level” SolSmart community, in recognition for work to expedite solar projects.   As a SolSmart community, it has streamlined the permitting process for homeowners who install photo-voltaic solar energy panels, typically mounted on rooftops.  Brookfield is one of only 11 municipal governments to earn the designation in Illinois and the only one in the western Cook County region.

The Village is participating in this no-cost program that requires outside review to verify that the Village is a “solar-friendly” community supportive of solar projects, including solar photo-voltaic residential projects. The U.S. DOE program is managed at the national level by the International City/County Management Association and the Solar Foundation, with the local partner being the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

According to the website,

“Local governments have tremendous influence over the prospects for solar energy growth. Unnecessary paperwork, red tape, and other burdensome requirements increase costs and discourage solar companies from moving to the area. By streamlining these requirements and taking other steps to encourage solar development, communities become ‘open for solar business.’ And since the solar industry is a leading source of American job creation, attracting solar investment in your community is a great way to promote economic development and new jobs.”

The SolSmart designation is an initiative that advances goals enacted by the Village Board of Trustees by resolution in September 2016, as part of the Greenest Region Compact II. It also will advance State of Illinois job creation goals embodied in the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act adopted in December 2016.

For additional information, please see the following link ( Expedited Solar Permitting Guidelines ) or contact Nicholas Greifer at 708-485-1113 or Emily Egan at 485-1445.  For more case studies about homes in the Brookfield area like the one below, refer to