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Chicago Metro Area (35 SolSmart Communities)

With the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act creating a solar boom across Illinois. SolSmart has helped suburban communities in the Chicago area take advantage of new opportunities for solar business growth. As a SolSmart Advisor, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus helped 35 local governments share best practices and collaborate across the region. For many communities, the result was a dramatic growth in solar installations. Schaumburg, Illinois only had three solar projects prior to its SolSmart Silver designation in 2018. Since then, it has added 98 residential installations totaling 420 kW. Another highlight is the Village of Beach Park, which has added nearly 60 new projects since designation. Overall, Illinois now has 42 SolSmart designees, more than any other state.

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