Is my home a good fit for solar?
How big of a solar system do I need?
It depends on how much electricity you consume and the amount of that electricity you’d like your solar system to produce. The size of your roof will also impact the size of the solar system you can have. In the solar industry, we use “kilowatts” to measure the size of a system. Most single-family homes can produce 80-100% of the energy they consume with a system between 4 and 10 kilowatts.
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Is Illinois sunny enough for solar?
How much does a residential solar system cost?
What incentives for solar are available in Illinois?
Both the federal government and Illinois provide incentives for home solar. The federal incentive is a tax credit worth 30% of the price of a solar system. With it, you reduce the income tax you would otherwise pay by this amount. Click here for more information on how to take the credit.
The Illinois solar incentive comes in the form of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (“SRECs”) you earn with your system. Most Illinois utilities are required to purchase these from you (at prices set by the Illinois Power Agency) when you install your system. They are typically worth about 30% of the cost of a typical system. You should receive your SREC payment check within six months of energizing your system.
How much money will I save by going solar?
Given that a typical solar system would cost $10,000 net of incentives, a homeowner could save about $20,000 by going solar.
Another way we think about this is this: Assuming you have $10,000 to invest either in a solar system or some other investment, where would you put it? We’ve calculated that investing in solar is the equivalent of a taxable investment (such as the stock market) earning 14% returns per year for 20 or more years. For reference, the average S&P 500 stock market index return since 1928 is about 10%.
How long does it take to have solar installed?
Once you decide to go solar, we do several things before we actually install the system. First, our engineer will visit your home to take precise measurements. Second, we will produce a package of drawings for your municipal government and get a building permit. Third, we will coordinate with your electric utility. Finally, we will apply for Illinois’s solar incentives on your behalf. All of this usually takes 30-60 days. Actual installation typically takes one day. We will schedule this on a day that is convenient for you.
Will solar panels damage my roof?
No. We guarantee our installations will not cause any leaks.
Will my system include batteries?
We do offer the option to include batteries to provide backup power when the grid is down.
How long will a solar system last?
Our equipment comes with a 25-year labor and materials warranty. Its expected life is about 40 years. You should expect your solar system to reduce your utility bills and produce clean energy for many years into the future.
What kind of maintenance is required?
Do you provide a warranty?
Yes! All of the equipment we install on your roof comes with a 25-year parts and labor warranty.
What areas do you serve?
We install solar in Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Will, and Kane Counties. Check out more about our coverage areas here.
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