23 Oct '13, 11pm

Chicago makes it easier to put solar panels on roofs

Chicago makes it easier to put solar panels on roofs

Shutterstock More solar is on its way. The Windy City is blowing red tape and roadblocks out of the way for new solar-panel owners. It used to take a month to receive a city permit needed to install a small solar array. That’s being reduced to one day. Meanwhile, the price of the permit is falling 25 percent to $275. These improvements are thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. “It will encourage more and more people to have solar here in the city of Chicago on a residential and commercial level,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said as he announced the changes at a solar event. “It will be cheaper, quicker and more efficient for people to put solar in.” Chicagoans can apply for their permits through a new website, Chicago Solar Express .

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