Solar in Elgin

The City of Elgin is a participant in the SolSmart program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, which helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth and make it easier for homes and businesses to go solar. In 2019, Elgin achieved the Silver SolSmart designation.

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Rooftop Solar Permit Process

Before you install solar panels on your home, please read about the City of Elgin's solar permitting process and the necessary steps you must take to ensure your compliance with city code. To learn more about the residential rooftop solar permitting process, please click here.

NOTE: Commercial Solar permit fee - $70/1000 sf of solar panels plus $75 plan review fee

Go Solar!

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These resources are for residents and businesses who are looking to verify that they are using a certified, trusted installer.

Solar Rights

The Great Plains Institute conducted a review of state policies related to solar rights in the Local Government Solar Toolkit. Please click here to access the Local Government Solar Toolkit.

Consumer Protection Resources

The links below range from basic residential consumer resources, to resources on land leasing for larger landowners.

Solar Potential

Check out these helpful links below to discover Elgin's Solar Energy Potential.