Here comes the sun: Warren Park tapped as hot spot for new solar project

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The Warren Park field house will be part of a Cook County solar energy pilot program. (Linze Rice / DNAinfo)

WEST RIDGE — Warren Park will be among 15 sites across Cook County to be studied as part of a pilot program that evaluates bringing solar energy to areas that may normally lack access.

The field house at the massive 90-acre park at 6601 N. Western Ave. was selected to be studied as a potential location for “a solar-electric system that provides power and/or financial benefits to multiple community members,” as well as expand solar for renters and condo owners, according to the county.

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The Solar Market Pathways project, an arm of Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, was awarded $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2014 to study the viability of community-based sources of solar power.

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