Carol Rose on her roof in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, where Ailey Solar is installing panels.

Utility-backed group divides Illinois solar advocates

Critics say the Illinois Smart Solar Alliance, which was recently founded by Chicago-based ComEd, is little more than a front group created to push controversial, utility-backed legislation in Illinois. However, the alliance’s supporters say the group is helping bring access to solar power for low-income communities — something they say has been missing from the traditional “big green” movement.