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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: HOA...

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Debunked: Solar Panels in Chicago Area Don’t Make Sense

It's not sunny enough for solar panels in Chicago. Have you ever seen the winters in Illinois? They may work in California, but solar panels in Illinois don't work. It's too cloudy for solar panels in Chicago.   I hear these kinds of statements all the time from...

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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.  After all, I run an...

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Solar Increases Property Value, not Property Tax

Well-regarded research shows that purchasing a solar system increases your home's value by the net cost of the system.  It would be a cruel irony, however, if increasing your home's value by installing solar then also increased your property taxes—what you might call...

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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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