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Hanover Park won the award for its Solar Installation Permitting initiative. The initiative took quick, bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development in the community. As a result of the initiative, 55 solar installation permits were issued (up from only 4 permits) that are expected to generate 436,192 kilowatt hours annually, savings the equivalent of 308 metric tons of CO2 per year (e.g., roughly the GHG emissions of an average passenger car driving 754,165 miles and burning 34,708 gallons of gasoline). The program has leveraged more than $780,000 in solar energy investment, helping bring more clean energy and climate protection to Hanover Park.
Mayor Rodney S. Craig accepted the award and stated, "I want to thank the U.S. Conference of Mayors for this honor as well as the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Solsmart and Hanover Park Village Staff for assistance with this initiative. This award highlights that Hanover Park is "Open for Solar Business!"Read the full description of the award in the 2019 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award Best Practices Guide.
Download the full press release. For more information, contact Deputy Village Manager David Webb at 630.823.5611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.