Solar FAQs

DOES SOLAR WORK IN CHICAGOLAND AND THE NEARBY SUBURBS?
Absolutely. Chicagoland is a prime area for solar.

Thanks to all the available sunlight and utility net metering programs, we can build energy credits during sunshine hours and utilize them during the shorter winter months. Solar panels also operate more efficiently in our cooler summer weather, which means more efficient power than hotter climates, not less. Solar energy systems keep on working on cloudy days too, collecting scattered light and focusing it into energy.

Sure, we don’t produce as much power as the southern deserts, but we still generate enough to make solar a financially viable solution.


WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR CHOOSING SOLAR FOR YOUR HOME?
There are several and homeowners who act quickly get the largest benefit. The 26% federal tax credit is available for purchased home solar systems installed by December 31, 2022. This means that eligible low-income homeowners can get access to solar panels in Illinois with no money upfront.

WHAT IS NET METERING?
Net metering is an agreement between you and your normal electrical utility provider where you are allowed to bank credits whenever your system is producing more energy than your home is using. Typically, this occurs in the longer and sunnier summer months, when your system is most productive. In the winter, you can draw from those credits, keeping your bills low year-round.

SHOULD I REPLACE MY ROOF BEFORE GETTING SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED?
Our solar panels typically last beyond 25 years, your roof needs to be in good condition before you get a system installed. Fortunately, we offer the best roofing service in Chicagoland and are able to combine our roofing and solar options for our customers. Additionally, solar panels provide benefits—once they are in place, they will actually protect your roof by blocking UV rays. Solar panels are surprisingly sturdy and can withstand hail and extreme environments.

HOW LONG DOES THE SOLAR INSTALLATION TAKE ONCE THE PROJECT BEGINS?
Most typical jobs get completed within one day, however, some jobs take up to three days depending on the size of the system being installed.

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