Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy Task Force of Lake County Communities

Since spring 2009 Deerfield Planning staff has been participating in the Alternative Energy Task Force of Lake County Communities. This Task Force was organized to analyze available data and information on wind, solar, and geothermal energy systems and to develop suggested guidelines to regulate them in Lake County, Illinois. The Task Force developed and adopted model ordinances which can be widely adopted by Lake County communities and adapted to fit each community’s individual needs. The Task Force encourages each Lake County community to evaluate the separate provisions of the model ordinances to assure that the guidelines will suit the community’s own particular needs.

In fall 2011 the Deerfield Plan Commission held public hearings on Text Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to regulate renewable/alternative energy systems, including wind, solar, and geothermal. The Village has taken the Lake County model ordinances and adjusted them to better fit Deerfield. On January 17, 2012, the Village Board voted to approve the Text Amendments for renewable/alternative energy systems.


View the Deerfield Alternative Energy Ordinance (PDF), adopted in 2012. View the Alternative Energy Resource Guide (PDF) developed by the Alternative Energy Task Force of Lake County Communities.