Solar in Oak Forest

Solar home

The City of Oak Forest is committed to encouraging residents, businesses and institutions to reduce energy consumption and install solar energy systems. Renewable energy, such as solar, make our community more energy efficient and saves the community and residents funds.

Solar Permits

A building permit is required for the installation of photovoltaic solar systems and the permit documentation such as, application, fees and requirements.  Review the installation guide

Oak Forest Solar Locations

Over the last few years, the City of Oak Forest has seen a substantial increase in the number of building permits obtained for the installation of solar panels, as indicated on the attached link to a Map of Solar Panel Locations

Solar Zoning Allowance

Solar panels are permitted from a zoning perspective in the City of Oak Forest.  This is as long as they meet the intent and definition of an accessory structure and to a principal use, such as a residence, business or institution.  Read the Solar Accessory Use Determination letter for more information. 

Photovoltaic/Solar Panel System Installation 

This fact sheet provides the information required and links to submit for a photovoltaic/solar panel system for your property.

Solar Power Resources

Project Sunroof provides an estimated rooftop solar potential for Oak Forest roofs.

U.S. Department of Energy State and Local Energy Data provides comprehensive energy use and activity data to help plan and implement clean energy projects.

DSIRE Database for State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency provides valuable information and incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Homeowners Solar Rights Act. Know your rights, even if you are in a homeowner association. 

ComEd Solar Power Interconnection Information is a guide for interconnecting your solar power with ComEd supply. 

Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar is a resource guide with additional links from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Illinois Solar Energy Association's website focuses on consumer protection for Illinois residents.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® Guide for locating certified installers.