Eight properties in Oak Park that utilize solar power will be featured as part of The Illinois Solar Tour. The tour, hosted by the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), will showcase over 100 solar homes and businesses across the state. Each of the locations will be open to the public in an open house style event on September 22nd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
This event aims to give participants insight into the costs and benefits of solar power. You can participate in the free event by visiting any of the following properties in Oak Park during the tour:
167 Forest Ave. (Austin Gardens Environmental Center)
341 Harrison St. (private home)
415 Lake St. (Ridgeland Common)
613 S. Lombard Ave. (private home)
1139 S. Lombard Ave. (private home)
720 North Blvd. (Avenue Parking Garage)
610 S. Ridgeland Ave. (Longfellow Park Center)
165 N. Taylor Ave. (private home)
This is not the first time that Oak Park has been recognized for energy conservation. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Oak Park with the Gold Status, which is the highest available honor. Only 84 municipalities across the country hold this status. If you are inspired by the Illinois Solar Tour and would like to use solar energy to power your home or business, you can obtain a solar permit from the Village of Oak Park for just $150.