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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Solar in DuPage County

The Future Energy Jobs Act (Senate Bill 2814) was signed into law on December 7, 2016 and was significant as it placed emphasis on renewable development and energy efficiency in Illinois.  The Act is anticipated to result in an investment of approximately $180 million per year in funding for renewable resources, including new wind power, large-scale solar power, and rooftop and community solar. DuPage County has been working to support solar installations.  See the County's Solar Statement.

Grow Solar Chicagoland - New 2022 Group Buy Opportunity!

DuPage County is participating in the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Grow Solar Chicagoland program.  This is a residential and commercial group purchasing opportunity where the more residents and organizations that participate the greater the discount will be for everyone. The program is available in DuPage, Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will counties and the City of Chicago.

  • Register for a virtual or in-person Solar Power Hour that goes over everything from the basics of solar, financial benefits, financing, the free site assessment and more.
  • Check out this one-pager for a quick overview of how a solar group buy works.

Solar Permitting

To obtain a permit for solar installation in unincorporated DuPage County, applicants must submit the required building permit application. Information on applying for a permit can be found under the Building Division webpage:

Residential Installation Resources

Commercial Installation Resources


    Once a solar panel reaches the end of its useful life it can sometimes be unclear as to what the next steps are. See below for helpful resources on the regulations, management, recycling, and other questions when it’s time to dispose of your solar panels: