Filters for one layer do not affect the other. Filters for the same layer have an "AND" relationship.
Welcome to the Chicago Solar Map
This map shows the potential solar energy for properties and vacant lots within the available dataset inside Chicago.
Click on a city parcel shape to display information in this information panel.
Help using this map
It was produced through a partnership between the Elevate and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Cook County Assesor Codes and Descriptions
The estimates of onsite solar system capacity and production are the product of an formula which uses the total identified roof area, a cover ratio factor for solar modules, site orientation and other factors. While this provides reasonable estimates on average, the model varies in accuracy on a property-by-property basis. The analysis presented here should not be construed to replace onsite assessment performed by a certified professional.
After clicking on a point on the map, a black dot will appear. Any property containing that dot will will be outlined in a blue outline and a blue map marker will be appear to the center, or nearest to the center, of the roof shape. Count assessor parcels are shown in light gray. Please note that a parcel can contain multiple properties and a single property can span multiple parcels. Some parcels contain no property, and are categorized as "Vacant" in the property dataset. Some of these Vacant parcels had their potential solar capacity estimated.
The Map is composed of two main elements: the map area and the sidebar. The sidebar can be toggled to show two different panels, the Properties panel and the Layers/Filters Panel.
Initially this panel shows the Welcome message. After clicking on a point on the map, this panel will show information about the dataset at that point. It can show information for the Property Layer and the Solar Capacity. You must click directly on a property shape to see solar information for that property.
Additional information about each data field can be seen by hovering over the question mark icon.
Clicking the "Clear Selection" button will deselect the currently selected shape, and have side bar to show the Welcome message again.
The initial view is to show the Properties layer turned on. You can also turn off the Properties layer to more easily see other data.
These are additional layers to the Data Layers that appear as boundaries or half-transparent areas of shape information.
When the Properties Layer is turned on, the “Property Type” drop-down control will filter the map to only show properties that have a certain type as defined and grouped by the County Assessor or Elevate.
When the Properties Layer is turned on, the “PV Capacity (kW)” drop-down control will filter the map to only show properties that have a certain solar capacity within the selected range.
When the Properties Layer is turned on, the “Community” drop-down control will filter the map to only show properties that are located within the chosen community area.