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City of Chicago Rooftop Solar PV System Application Process; Solar Zoning

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The City of Chicago has made installation of both small rooftop solar PV systems (<13.44kw) and large rooftop solar PV systems (those generating greater than 13.44kw) easier than ever before by easing restrictions and streamlining processes, saving time and design costs. Applicants for small rooftop systems can now access the City’s Easy Permit Process (EPP) where qualifying projects can receive same-day permit approvals at reduced fees. For projects that meet the Easy Permit Process (EPP) requirements, the permitting process was cut down from 30 days to one day, and the fee schedule was reduced by 25%, from $375 to $275. The City has updated the Sustainable Development Policy to include rooftop solar as an option.