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Arcadia Terrace

Mark Weitekamper

5727 N. Rockwell St

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: In-Person & Video

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System: 12 roof-mounted panels, EV

Annual Production: 3240kWh

Why I went solar: In an effort to reduce fossil fuel usage and become an environmentally friendly household, we added insulation, efficient appliances, and an electric vehicle. We added solar PV to come close to Net Zero energy use for electricity to run our household. We look forward to using additional efforts and technologies to reduce our carbon footprint more in the future.

Logan Square

April Mahajan

2813 W Shakespeare Ave

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: In-Person & Video

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System: 12 flat roof-mounted panels, EV

Annual Production: 4360 kWh

Why I went solar: I work in sustainability, and am very passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle - in essence, lightening my carbon footprint. 'Greening' one's energy use is often difficult to address, unlike other areas of one's life where small, incremental changes can be identified and integrated over time. Fortunate to be a homeowner, installing solar PV was one sizable step my husband and I could take to address this. We've since become engaged in the technical advancements in the solar industry, the various players in the field, the progress across the US, and our collective pivot to a renewable energy grid. We'd like to do what we can to further that agenda! 

Magnolia Glen

Richard Rutschman

1422 W Thorndale Ave

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: In-Person & Video

System: 30 roof-mounted panels, heat pumps

Annual Production: Too early to tell!

Why I went solar: Climate change is causing devastation around the world creating destruction to humans and life as we know it on our planet. The US is responsible for more carbon emission than any other country and we need to do all we can as communities, states, countries, and individuals.


Mark and Paula Laboe

1732 N Sayre Ave

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Outside Viewing

System: 22 roof-mounted panels

Annual Production: ~8000 kWh

Why I went solar: We wanted to be part of the necessary turn toward more renewable energy. We had a one time opportunity with a home refinance to pull out the money to do it. We also saw the clear long term cost savings it would bring and so it also made practical sense to do so.

Ranch Triangle

Richard Stuckey

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Video

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System: 12 flat roof-mounted panels

Annual Production: 2800kWh

Why I went solar: This is my contribution to saving the planet.

Sheffield NEighbors

Lisa Elkins

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Video

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System: 14 flat roof-mounted panels

Annual Production: 4000kWh

Why I went solar: We installed our system to be good stewards of our planet and for the energy savings and smart economic incentives that go along with it.

Ukrainian Village

Ted Shieh

2219 W Cortez St

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: In-Person & Video

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System: 32 flat roof-mounted PV panels, 3 solar thermal panels with 80 gal tank, backup batteries, EV, passive solar design

Annual Production: 13MWh

Why I went solar: We installed solar energy systems along with numerous energy efficiency features in our Greenstar Gold rated home to minimize our dependence on fossil fuel and carbon emissions, which are contributing to the greatest threat to our well being, accelerated climate change and pollution. The long term financial benefits of investing in renewable energy and divesting from fossil fuel is also a no-brainer.

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