Village of Hazel Crest
Department of Building & Inspectional Services
Hazel Crest’s Solar Energy Resources
Getting Started with Solar
Welcome to the Village of Hazel Crest’s solar resource webpage. Hazel Crest is seeking ways to encourage solar energy development in our community. This webpage represents a collection of solar information and resources for the community. For more information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask solar professionals, read the Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power and visit the Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar.
Policies and Processes
The Hazel Crest Department of Building & Inspection Services is committed to exceptional customer services as it relates to solar processes. The following resources provide information about the permitting, inspection, and zoning process for solar energy in Hazel Crest.
- We provide clear guidelines about the solar permitting and inspection Solar Permitting Checklist
- We provide an overview of what zoning allows for solar PV under what conditions in our Solar System Factsheet
Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, supports local solar companies in Illinois, saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.
Solar Maps and Potential
Finding a Contractor and Going Solar
Find a solar contractor (or two) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote.
- Certified practitioners can be found through NABCEP.
- Visit EnergySage to learn about solar energy and submit for solar quotes from a network of pre-screened, local solar installers
- Consumer Solar Checklist – a checklist for residential consumers considering solar energy from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
- Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights – ensure a positive consumer experience by addressing important issues from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
- Solar Customer Resource Portal – various resources from SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- Solar Owner’s Manual – information for current solar homeowners to ensure they are getting the most out of their system from Solar United Neighbors.
Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions
Typically solar installations are paid for through loans or cash, with Federal and State incentives available.
- ComEd has a Solar Incentives & Credits page provides an overview on federal and state incentives for adding a solar PV system.
- Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics – learn about the federal tax credit, eligibility, and other common questions & answers from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing – learn about different financing options from CESA, the Clean Energy States Alliance.
Solar Rights and Procedures
The Illinois Homeowners' Solar Rights Act protects home owner's rights to install solar panels, and the amendments passed in July 2021 make it easier for people in home owner associations to go solar.
Solar Job Training and Career Opportunities
- Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) offers industry-leading professional training for solar PV, solar thermal, and small wind systems. Both online and in-person courses are available year-round.
- Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes providing students with industry-leading solar technical training. Topics include photovoltaic (PV) fundamentals, PV site assessment practices, and design principles and considerations.
- The Energy Fair, organized by MREA, is the longest-running event of its kind and brings over 10,000 attendees together to learn about clean energy and sustainability.