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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Richton Park Collaborating for Sustainable Communities

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The consensus goals of the GRC2 aim for an enhanced quality of life for residents, protection and stewardship of the environment, and sustainable economic vitality.

Municipalities adopt the GRC2 by formal resolution and agree to work to achieve the GRC2 goals in their community and in collaboration with other municipalities across the region. To date, 100 communities, of all sizes and strengths, have adopted the GRC2 to improve quality of life for more than 5 million residents. Richton Park is proud to be one of these                communities.

All communities can use the GRC2 as a guiding document to help them prioritize sustainable actions and articulate their commitment to a sustainable future. The GRC offers strategies that can be taken by every community, including steps to reduce energy-use by municipal facilities; sustain community trees; and conserve water resources.

As Illinois aims to meet ambitious new solar targets, the Village of Richton Park has seen an interest in solar rooftop installation. To date, there have been three rooftop solar panels installed that are currently sending power back into ComEd’s existing power grid system. According to Building Commissioner Leo Hogan, several solar installers have contacted the Village’s Building Department about future projects.

As advanced solar panels are newly installed, the utilization of newer technology requires new training and specific Building Code updates. Building Commissioner Leo Hogan and Electrical Inspector Robert Gish have join forces with Sol Smart and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 in Alsip, Illinois. Both organizations provide training in renewable and sustainable energy. There are many parts to this training, including:

  • Identifying contractors as qualified installers
  • Assuring the right type of equipment is installed
  • Identifying the specific wires for external use
  • Assuring Power Shut-Down or De-energized devises are installed for disconnect in emergency situations
  • Assuring proper roof access is provided
  • Assuring office staff is trained on proper permit submittal process

Proving Richton Park’s push for progression on sustainable  energy, the Village has received Silver accreditation status recognition from SolSmart. This status is for the Village’s efforts in streamlining the permit process, updating building, electrical, and fire codes, and educating staff on new solar energy systems. Within our goal of promoting renewable energy, the Building Department also strives to offer reasonable fees for the installation of such solar systems. Going further, there is a “Solar Richton Park” page online at richtonpark.org where residents and installers can gather and download information on State codes and policy, installation and inspection processes, checklists, and consumer resources.

To date, there are three residential homes in Richton Park that have secured building permits and have gone through the  necessary processes to become the first homeowners            village-wide with solar panel installations.

On June 1, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at the Richton Park Community Center, the Building Department will be hosting the annual Village “Building Safety Day,” where dozens of    providers, vendors, companies, inspectors, and installers are scheduled to participate, present, and answer your questions.


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