Why Go Solar in Illinois

The Illinois flag has the sun shining brightly on the horizon. If that’s not a sign to get solar in Prairie State, we don’t know what is! If you decide to go solar in Illinois, you are in good company. Over 54,600 homeowners have already gone solar.* In fact, Illinois is requiring 25% of their energy be solar by 2025. By going solar, you contribute to sustainability efforts and possibly save some money while you’re at it!

Solar Incentives in Illinois

Illinois homeowners may benefit from the solar energy system property tax exemption. This means that the value you add to your home by installing solar panels, home batteries, or smart home energy controllers won’t add to your property tax assessment. Many Illinois utility companies also offer “net metering,” which pays residential solar owners back when they deliver excess energy to the grid. For example, customers of Commonwealth Edison, the Ameren Illinois Utilities, and MidAmerican Energy Company are eligible for a one-to-one retail rate credit for applicable systems. Illinois also offers Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which are awarded for every megawatt-hour of electricity generated by a home solar system. These credits can be sold directly to one of the three Illinois Investor-owned utilities (ComEd, Ameren or MidAmerican).Illinois homeowners are also eligible for the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).* The ITC allows you to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes
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Benefits of Solar in Illinois

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Lower your energy bills

There is a potential for energy savings in Illinois. Illinois utilities have different rates according to time of use (TOU). By going solar your rates could lower and enjoy running on the sun. You can be covered at peak and super-peak. If you install batteries, you may only have to pay the minimum payment each month.

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Prepare for outages

When a storm happens, be prepared with a solar system with batteries. This will ensure you still have power if the grid goes down. Illinois utilities will sometimes schedule power outages to prevent future, bigger blackouts. With batteries, you no longer have to plan around the inconvenience. Talk to your dealer about what type of batteries for your needs.

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Preserve Illinois’s outdoors

Although many go solar to save money, homeowners are also proud of what solar does to preserve the environment. Solar systems let you run on clean energy, not hazardous fossil fuels. By going solar you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help fight the climate crisis. Preserve your state for generations to come and make a difference.

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Have predictable payments

Illinois utility companies operate on time-of-day pricing. For example, ComEd now offers a rate for Off-peak, Peak, and Super-peak.* Rather than trying to schedule your life around peak rates, you should regain your freedom with solar. A solar system can have you covered during the day. At night, you can run off batteries and avoid using energy from the grid.

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Invest in your home

A reason homeowners decide to install a solar system is to reinvest in their home. A solar system can increase your home value and its sale price. The average Illinois home is valued at $219,806, that’s a 6.2% annual increase, according to Zillow. Keep up with the rising home value by investing in your home instead of giving your hard-earned money to your utility provider.**

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