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Illinois Shines Now Open for Participation

As of January 30, 2019, Illinois homeowners can now participate in the state’s Adjustable Block Program, Illinois Shines, state-administered incentive program supporting the development of new solar energy generation in Illinois.

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How to Choose the Best Solar Installer

Going solar is easy and can save you a lot of money. But that doesn’t mean your choice of solar installer is a decision that should be taken lightly. Working with the right company can help ensure you don’t face any unpleasant surprises weeks, months, or years down the road. Here’s our guide to help you choose that right company.

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What to Watch Out For In Residential Solar

If you are considering going solar, you may be confused why certain "facts" don't seem to line up across vendors. At Certasun, we never want you to be surprised (except positively) about the experience of going solar.  That's why we've developed our No Surprises...

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What Makes for a Good Solar Warranty?

Aside from the obvious benefit of a warranty – to protect you against manufacturing defects as well as premature wear and tear – a good warranty is validation that a solar system is built to last. What makes for a good solar warranty? Let’s discuss the key considerations.

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Meet Bill, Bringing Solar to McHenry County

Bill Wayne, Certasun’s newest solar consultant, helps homeowners in McHenry County and northern Kane County figure out how much they can save by going solar. A longtime resident of Lakewood, Bill got interested in solar because of his passion for environmental stewardship.

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Going Solar in an HOA

If you own a home in a development managed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), you likely know that the HOA has some control over what you can and can’t do with your home. However, if you’re considering installing a rooftop solar system, there’s good news for you.

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Debunked: Solar Panels in Illinois Don’t Make Sense

Solar panels in Illinois don’t get as much sunlight as those in Arizona or most of California. Illinois is not a particularly sunny place. But, it is also not particularly un-sunny, either. It’s just average. And the amount of sunshine is only one factor that determines the economics of solar.

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My So-Called Competitive Electricity Supplier

I’m embarrassed by this story. Earlier this week, I found out I was getting a raw deal from the company that supplies the electricity for my home (a “competitive electricity supplier”). I should have been the last person this would happen to.

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IPA Announces Initial Illinois SREC Prices

On June 4, 2018, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) announced the final SREC prices for solar systems.  These are the incentives ComEd will pay homeowners for installing solar. One SREC represents the renewable attributes of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of energy produced.

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Is Solar a Good Investment?

We looked at how an investment in home solar panels in Illinois might compare to an investment in the stock market. In short, we found that an investment in solar is likely to return significantly more than one in the stock market. A homeowner choosing to “go solar” ends up with $17,000 more after 20 years than one who invests in stocks.

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