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Home Solar

Your Home's Energy, Naturally Sourced

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Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar

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Understanding Solar Energy and Its Benefits

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Solar energy is a renewable and sustainable way to power your home. Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels, capture sunlight and convert it into electricity. This clean and environmentally friendly energy source can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and lower your electricity bills.


Is My Home Suitable for Solar Panels?

Not every home is ideal for solar panel installation. Factors like the condition of your roof, its orientation, and the presence of shading can impact the efficiency of your solar system. It's essential to assess your home's suitability before making a decision.

Getting Started with Solar

Starting the Solar Process

If you're interested in going solar, the first step is to consult with an educated and honest solar energy provider. It doesn't take much to qualify to sell solar in Illinois. 


Not all solar consultants are created equal.  Find a local Illinois based company to begin your journey with.  Illinois has some state specific requirements that National companies just can't understand. 


Locals are your best source of accurate solar information for your home.  They will evaluate your home's potential for solar and provide you with a quote. Be prepared to discuss your energy needs and goals during this consultation.

DIY Solar Installation: Pros and Cons

While some homeowners may consider DIY solar panel installation, it's crucial to weigh the pros and cons. DIY installation can save money, but it requires technical knowledge and may not be suitable for everyone.

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Financial Considerations


Financing Your Solar System

Solar installations can be financed in various ways, including loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs). Explore the financing options available to determine which one suits your budget and preferences.


State Incentives and Tax Breaks

Many states offer incentives and tax breaks to encourage solar adoption. These incentives can significantly reduce the cost of going solar. Research your state's policies to take advantage of potential savings.


Impact on Home Resale Value

Solar installations can increase the resale value of your home. Buyers are often attracted to properties with lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint. Consider the long-term financial benefits of solar when making your decision.

Advanced Solar Options

Solar Plus Storage Systems

Solar plus storage systems combine solar panels with battery storage. This technology allows you to store excess energy generated during the day for use at night. It's an excellent option for those looking to further reduce their reliance on the grid.


Aesthetic Solar Solutions

If you're concerned about the aesthetics of solar panels, there are alternative options available. Solar shingles and invisible solar cells offer a more visually appealing way to harness solar energy.

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Safety and Compliance

Ensuring Solar System Safety

Safety is paramount when it comes to solar installations. Ensure that your solar system meets safety standards and is installed by certified professionals. Regular maintenance is also essential to keep your system operating safely.


Dealing with Misrepresentation

If you believe a solar company is misrepresenting its products or services, it's essential to take action. Research the company, read reviews, and report any misleading information to relevant authorities. 


You can file official complaints with both the Illinois Shines Program as well as with the state if the solar company you have done business with does not follow through with all contracted work.  

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