Ensuring equitable access to renewable energy on the southwest side by helping southwest side residents access the benefit of solar power.
WHAT IS ILSFA?
Illinois Solar For All (ILSFA) is a state-wide initiative to help income-eligible and environmental justice communities access solar and the renewable energy economy. Plant Chicago is focusing on ensuring that residents of Back of the Yards and the greater southwest side of Chicago have access to the benefits of Residential Solar.
Both renters and homeowners can potentially benefit. Renters with their own electricity accounts may be eligible for a Community Solar Project that could reduce energy bills. in the past 6 years, participants have had an average savings of 50% on electric bills. Homeowners may be eligible for assistance on installing solar panels on their property.
Are you an organization on the southwest side of Chicago? We want to come to your next community event(s)! To coordinate an information (English/Spanish) session, please reach out to Andrea X. Guzmán.
HOST AN INFO SESSION
Are you a resident of Back of the Yards or the Southwest Side of Chicago and want to learn more about how you might be able to benefit from solar? Both homeowners and even renters can potentially benefit from solar power.
Plant Chicago is prioritizing work with households on the southwest side of Chicago, including the following neighborhoods: Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Gage Park, Archer Heights, and Little Village/South Lawndale.
If you live outside of these communities, you can visit the ILSFA website to learn more about eligibility.
SOLAR IN ACTION
Plant Chicago’s solar array was installed on the roof of our firehouse and brought online in February of 2022. We maxed out production with available space on the roof by installing a 16 kW (DC) system. This system was actually made possible through the Illinois Solar For All program! Historical real time data can be viewed on our blog here.