The City of Rockford's allowance of solar panel installation in all major zones is codified in the city's zoning ordinance. Solar is permitted in every zone with a performance review that is conducted at the administrative level with planning and development staff. This performance review does not include a subjective design review process or design review committee. To review the full planning ordinance pertaining to solar use in Rockford, view the Zoning Ordinance (PDF).
The following are some helpful resources for solar use:
- Online Checklist (PDF)
- Solar Toolkit (PDF) A summary of State of Illinois policies related to a property owner's solar access and solar rights.
- Consumer Protection Resources
- Solar Potential
- Resources for Residents and Businesses to Improve Energy Efficiency
- Solar Job Training and Career Opportunity with Rock Valley College