As Illinois works to unlock that value through the state’s newly enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, local governments and site owners must have the tools and information to ensure that they can capture the full benefits of community solar when regulations are finalized next year. On November 9, 2017, IREC and Cook County hosted a free webinar with local government representatives as they shared key considerations for site owners, municipalities and other stakeholders interested in community solar, either as participants or through the development of a community solar project on their own land or building. Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer Deborah Stone provided an overview of Illinois’ regulatory process to implement the new community solar legislation, as well as the tools and resources available for other communities interested in forging a path for community solar. Brian Millberg, energy manager for the City of Minneapolis, MN, outlined some key considerations for municipalities to keep in mind as they develop Request for Proposals (RFPs) for community solar projects. And Samantha Bluemer, energy conservation specialist with Will County, IL, discussed steps taken to prepare her community for solar development, including solar-ready zoning, stakeholder engagement, and integrated planning efforts. Mari Hernandez, IREC regulatory program manager, moderated the webinar. This webinar was supported by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways effort.