6 Reasons Solar is Perfect for You


Most people know that switching to renewable energy sources is good for the environment, but it’s also great for your pocketbook!

1. Reduce your electric bills drastically

Whether you're a homeowner or business owner, electrical costs can take a large toll on your monthly budget. A Solar system can last for 25+ years, so even if you don't cover 100% of your energy usage, the savings will add up dramatically over time.

2.  Increase your property value

Many studies have shown that homes and businesses with solar systems installed have higher property values and sell more quickly than homes without. According to a 2015 report from the DOE’s Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, solar panels can add value to your property when it’s time to sell. The demand for solar-equipped properties will continue to grow as energy costs rise.

3. Protect yourself from rising energy costs

One of the best reasons to go Solar today is the ability to lock in your energy rate for the next 25+ years and not be subject to constantly rising energy prices. Residential electricity prices have gone up 3% annually.  Why not protect yourself and your family from unpredictable increases?

4. Earn a terrific return on investment

Solar panels are one of the best ways to invest your money, rivaling more traditional investments like bonds or stocks. If you take into account the electrical savings, the average homeowner pays off their system in 7-10 years and sees a return on investment of 20% or more. 

5. Take advantage of local and federal incentives before they disappear

For existing homes and new construction (no rentals), there is currently a 30% federal tax credit, with no upper limit --but only if you install solar in the next few years. There are few different ways to claim this on your taxes depending on your situation.  It's not too complicated, and we can assist you with the proper paperwork if needed. In central Illinois the most common incentives are Net MeteringResidential Renewable Energy Tax CreditSpecial Assessment for Solar Energy SystemsUSDA Rural Energy for America (REAP),Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS), and Green Energy Loans.

The other big incentive to homeowners is the local "Solar Renewable Energy Certificates" or "SRECs" which are paid out based on your system size, either "up-front" or over the next 5 years. The Illinois SREC system is currently in a system change, so we are updating our information as we learn more. Check out our FAQs page for more. 

6. Help the Environment

If you have to buy power anyway, it makes sense to get it from a cleaner, cheaper, local source such as solar panels, rather than from polluting, expensive fossil fuel utilities. Of all the reasons folks choose to go solar, improving the environment and decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels is one of the most common.

Taking control of your energy future is a great reason to go solar today!