The City of Chicago made a timely announcement yesterday (10/21/2013) to kick off the start of Solar Power International 2013, an international conference with over 12,000 attendees hosted at McCormick Place this week.
In Mayor Emanuel’s press release, he announced the culmination of nearly 2 years of work performed by the City, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and West Monroe Partners to improve the local market conditions for rooftop solar across Chicagoland.
West Monroe Partners is proud to have served as the program manager for the City’s federal grant award by the US Department of Energy (DOE), under the SunShot Initiative’s Rooftop Solar Challenge. On the City side, the team worked with the Department of Buildings and the Department of Housing & Economic Development to re-engineer the way rooftop solar applicants applied for permits and received zoning approvals. Working with ComEd on the utility side, West Monroe Partners designed and ultimately built an online submission tool to streamline the interconnection and net metering approvals processes for distributed generation systems. In fact, ComEd and West Monroe Partners were recently featured on the DOE’s Solar Action Webinar Series: “Innovation and Success in Solar Net Metering & Interconnection” (link here).
West Monroe Partners was proud to be involved in this project and we hope it continues to lead to the expansion of solar around the city. For more information on ConnecttheGrid which helps utilities manage distributed generation resources, visit our website.