Going Solar Electric: A Cook County Guide

CCLEP received a Solar Initiative grant from the Lloyd K Johnson Foundation to create Going Solar Electric: A Cook County Guide to help Cook County landowners understand and determine what kind of solar PV system works best for them. 

With the Federal tax credit of 30% on solar installations expiring on December 31, 2016, now is the time to plan and invest in a solar system.

See the Solar Flow Chart for a condensed guide of steps to determine a solar PV system.

Solar Installation Survey

If you own a solar PV system in Cook County, 
please fill out the Solar Survey.

The Cook CountyLocal EnergyProject (CCLEP)is a nonprofit organization working for energy efficiency and clean, local, renewable energy development in Cook County, Minnesota.

CCLEP Action Plan

  • Engender community conversation about energy issues through public meetings, radio shows, newspaper articles, on-line postings, and a dedicated website. 
  • Build and strengthen a network of interested parties to improve communication about, and increase coordination of, local energy projects.
  • Investigate feasibility of various energy efficiency and renewable energy production options specific to Cook County.
  • Gather, organize, and make available, information about energy issues.
  • Develop and maintain a website to make energy information easy to access and useful to our community.
  • Engage with local units of government to enact policies that enhance local energy efficiency and renewable energy development.
  • Encourage the establishment of a local energy industry by assisting local businesses and non-profits with their energy projects.
  • Develop, maintain and implement a county wide Energy Plan

We pursue this goal in order to achieve the following community benefits:
  • Retain energy dollars in our local economy.
  • Create jobs.
  • Improve quality of life through more comfortable, less-costly, energy efficient housing.
  • Buffer our community from unstable energy supply and pricing.
  • Reduce harmful climatic and environmental effects of fossil fuel use.
  • Reduce dependence on foreign oil.
  • Increase local self-reliance.
  • Transfer wealth and power into the hands of local citizens and their local utilities.