Will County home and small business owners will be able to learn about how to take advantage of solar energy opportunities through an online educational program.
Two nonprofit organizations, the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, are holding online "Solar Power Hours" in Will County via Zoom from noon until 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 6, according to a news release.
To register for the program, go to the website growsolar.org/chicagoland.
Last year, the program led to commitments to install nearly 1,000 kilowatts of solar on over 120 properties in the Chicago area, according to the news release.
CUB and MREA are launching the Solarize Chicagoland 2020 solar group-buy program, which participants can sign up for by Sept. 30. The program uses volume purchasing to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for home owners and business owners.
In the first year of operation, Solarize Chicagoland's solar arrays will offset the emissions equivalent to about 800,000 pounds of coal burned. Collectively, customers saved an estimated $98,300 in electric bills in their first year alone, according to the release.
The nonprofits pointed to the benefits Lisa Gerhold saw for her company, Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition, which went solar and helped spread the word through her community.
“In addition to the good pricing, we liked the fact that the installer had been vetted ahead of time,” Gerhold said in the release.