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The overall objective is to reduce energy consumption and advance the use of renewable energy sources in Winnetka. Village-owned buildings regularly undergo LED lighting upgrades and are equipped with motion sensors for lighting. The Village is an active member of the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) and utilizes available funding through IMEA’s Energy Efficiency Upgrade rebate program. The Village offers a rebate program to residents for the installation of NEST thermostats. The Village also recognizes residents and businesses in the community that show an exceptional commitment to sustainability practices through its annual Green Awards program.

GRC2 Energy Goals

  • Use energy for buildings and facilities efficiently
  • Advance renewable energy
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Enact policies that support clean energy
  • Engage the community in clean energy practices



The Village of Winnetka is currently participating in the SolSmart program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, which helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth and makes it easier for homes and businesses to go solar. The Village of Winnetka is committing to earn SolSmart designation and will work to improve solar market conditions, making it faster, easier, and more affordable for our residents, businesses, and other organizations to install solar energy systems. 

Winnetka formally supports the folowing solar goals and will work to achieve them both in our own community and with collaboration throughout the region. These high-level goals are:

  1. Advance renewable energy
  2. Enact policies that support clean energy
  3. Engage the community in clen energy practices

Village of Winnetka Solar Statement

Solar Permitting

Click below to view the Village's Online Permitting Checklist and Design Worksheet:

Solar Rights: Local Government Solar Toolkit

The Great Plaines Institute conducted a review of state policies related to solar rights. Click below to view the Local Government Solar Toolkit:

Consumer Protection Resources

The resources listed below are helpful for residents and businesses interested in installing solar:

Winnetka's Solar Potential

Learn more about Winnetka's Solar Energy Potential by clicking on the links below:

Find a Solar Installer

Click on the resources listed below to find certified and trusted solar installers:

Village Energy Initiatives

The Village takes part in several other energy-efficient initiatives, such as:

  • Use of Energy Star Appliances
  • Use of CFL light bulbs/motion sensors in municipal yards facilities
  • Purchase of a Hybrid Ford Escape used by Engineering Division
  • No Idling Policy for Village trucks and equipment

Home Energy Calculator

An interactive energy efficiency website allows homeowners the opportunity to identify cost saving recommendations.  The home energy calculator is available on the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency's website at The site has reference information, educational material on energy for children as well as the interactive tool for determining energy savings.

For more information on energy in the Village, visit the Water and Electric Department home page.

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