Revised rules reflect heightened interest in solar power
July 22, 2019
Mick Zawislak, Chicago Daily Herald
Updated rules to address trends and advancing technology for solar energy in Lake County and its communities will be up for public discussion Tuesday.
The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals is hosting a hearing at 2 p.m. at the county's division of transportation office, 600 W. Winchester Road in Libertyville to consider proposed changes.
The updated zoning rules involve various types and aspects of solar energy systems for residential, business and institutional uses in unincorporated Lake County. The goal is to create a model ordinance that can be used by all communities.
A Solar Energy Task Force comprised of representatives of the county's planning, building and development department and representatives from 18 communities with input from solar energy experts has been discussing the guidelines for more than a year.
Solar installations have been allowed in the unincorporated area under the county's jurisdiction but interest has surged because of recently introduced state incentives and emerging technology. With that, officials wanted to provide clarity on available options and how to implement them and to modernize regulations to align with new technology.