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Dozens of West, Northwest suburban sites welcome visitors for Sept. 28 Illinois Solar Tour

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  • Visitors, including State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18th) (front right), converse during a recent tour of a new 2-megawatt rooftop solar installation at Michael Lewis Company in McCook. Dozens of solar arrays will be on display Saturday, Sept. 28, during the statewide Illinois Solar Tour.

    Visitors, including State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18th) (front right), converse during a recent tour of a new 2-megawatt rooftop solar installation at Michael Lewis Company in McCook. Dozens of solar arrays will be on display Saturday, Sept. 28, during the statewide Illinois Solar Tour.
    Courtesy of Tim Montague

 
Will O’Brien

The rapid growth of solar power in Illinois will be on display Saturday, Sept. 28, as dozens of homes, business and other sites in Chicago's West and Northwest suburbs open their doors for the Illinois Solar Tour (illinoissolartour.org). More than 125 sites are participating statewide, and the event website features maps where users can look up sites near them. Sites in Chicago's West and Northwest suburbs include:

WEST

-2331 Taliesin Drive (Residence, Aurora)

-3167 Savannah Drive (Residence, Aurora)

-815 Greenwood Court (Residence, Batavia)

-819 Thunderbird Trail (Residence, Carol Stream)

-4805 Highland Ave.(Residence, Downers Grove)

-598 S. Fairview Ave. (Residence, Elmhurst)

-244 S. Linden Ave. (Residence, Elmhurst)

-412 S. Prairie Ave. (Residence, Elmhurst)

-826 S. Madison St. (Residence, Hinsdale)

-903 Mortonsberry Dr. (Residence, Naperville)

-1001 Division St. (Residence, Lisle)

-2003 Paddock Court (Residence, Wheaton)

-1826 E. Willow Ave. (Residence, Wheaton)

-6688 Foxtree Ave. (Residence, Woodridge)

NORTHWEST

-204 N. Belmont Ave. (Residence, Arlington Heights)

-225 Weidner Road (Residence, Buffalo Grove)

-3001 Oak Ridge Road (Residence, Crystal Lake)

-408 Bramble Lane (Residence, Deer Park)

-43w125 Faireno Drive (Residence, Elburn)

-136 Brookside Drive (Residence, Elgin)

-749 Scott Drive (Residence, Elgin)

-39W830 Highland Ave. (Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, Elgin)

-33160 N. Cove Road (Residence, Grayslake)

-660 Alhambra Lane (Residence, Hoffman Estates)

-971 Brittany Bend (Residence, Lake in the Hills)

-31290 N. U.S. Highway 45 (Lake County Joint Training Center, Libertyville)

-230 N. Hicks Place (GRNE Solar, Palatine)

-610 Grego Court (Residence, Prospect Heights)

-531 Hazel Drive (Residence, Schaumburg)

-653 E. Liberty St. (Residence, Wauconda)

Thousands of Illinoisans are expected to participate in the free event, hosted by the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA).

The large number of tour sites is evidence of the rapid growth of solar in Illinois, which created more than 1,300 new jobs in 2018 and billions in economic activity in recent years. But renewable energy in Illinois is at a crossroads due to uncertainty over state policy. The Illinois Power Agency predicts that renewable energy growth could stall next year without new legislation such as the Path to 100 Act (SB 1781 / HB 2966).

Solar energy is the world's fastest growing source of energy. The self-guided Illinois Solar Tour will give participants valuable insight on the savings and environmental benefits of going solar as well as the costs and processes involved in solar installations. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses. www.illinoissolar.org

The Path to 100 Act is supported by labor and renewable energy organizations working to create jobs in Illinois. For more information, visit www.pathto100.net.