Solar for School Districts and Municipalities
New Chicago is a solar photovoltaics engineering, procurement, and construction company based in Cook County, IL that is singularly focused on helping Illinois school districts and municipalities make smart and objective decisions about renewable energy.
We are a group of local veteran solar professionals with extensive and diverse experience within the solar industry. Through our combined experience and partnerships, we provide school districts and municipalities with an effective participatory model to implement renewable energy projects to achieve immediate savings and increased certainty on their future energy costs.
La Grange School District 102 Solar Projects
In 2021, New Chicago completed four rooftop solar projects for La Grange School District 102. New Chicago installed approximately 2,000 solar panels across 4 of the district’s schools located in Chicago’s western suburbs. As the solar systems operate, New Chicago will provide long-term operations and maintenance services to ensure that the projects perform as expected.
These projects are the first on-site solar projects contributing to power schools in the district, delivering electricity to the school under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The PPA enables the school district to achieve immediate savings on its energy bills while also locking in long-term certainty on future energy costs. The money saved on energy expenditures can be allocated toward other operating costs and educational materials. What’s more, solar energy education was an important consideration of this project. The project team provided each school with curriculum materials to learn more about solar power and has provided access to easy-to-use interactive web portals for students to see exactly how much energy is being produced in real time at each of the four schools.