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Whether you root for the Cubs or the Cardinals, all Illinoisans can agree on a few basic principles: deep dish pizza is the way to go, and we can all work together to keep Illinois beautiful. We can’t keep burning fossil fuels to meet the energy demands of the nation without short and long-term consequences on the environment, so renewable energy sources like solar are increasing in popularity and affordability.

 

With that being said, 2020 is the perfect time to go solar and Illinois is the perfect state to make the switch! Illinois has approximately 11,000 state homes powered by solar, and counting. Over the next 5 years, Illinois is projected to rank 20th in state rankings for solar. Illinois has a goal to have 25% of its energy needs met by renewable energy sources by 2025. The Prairie State is also one of the best states to make the switch to solar, offering generous incentives and making solar more affordable for the average homeowner.

Many residents of Illinois have gone solar by purchasing their systems outright, or by doing a power purchase agreement (or PPA). Knowing if solar ownership or a PPA with one of the many solar comapines in Illinois is the best option for your home can be difficult and confusing. Check out the information below about going solar in Illinois to see what’s best for you.

Illinois

Federal Tax Credit: Yes

State Tax Credit: For each megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity your solar system produces, you will be granted one Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) that you can then sell in the market.

Other state incentives: Net metering, property tax exemption

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Blue Raven Solar

Energy Savings: guaranteed

System Ownership: you

Bonus: energy savings kit*
Smart Thermostat** and Home LED Light Package

**Smart Thermostat owners save an average of 23% annually on heating and cooling costs.

We want to make sure you receive the greatest solar savings off your utility bills while helping Illinois achieve maximum, positive environmental impact.

When you contact Blue Raven Solar we’ll show you how we’ve combined the benefits of solar lease, PPA, and purchase options to create the most powerful residential solar solution for you. Unlike other solar companies in Illinois we use BLUEPOWER and it’s revolutionizing the solar industry.

 

BluePower Plus+™ combines the best aspects of a 3rd party owned solar lease (or P.P.A.) with the superior return and flexibility of solar ownership.

 

With BluePower Plus+™ you will get 18 months of free solar power, transforming your utility bill into monthly savings you can count on.

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What you can expect when you contact Blue Raven Solar…

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A qualified sales representative will answer any questions and get details about your home and existing energy consumption

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Our designers will create a maximum efficiency plan for your roof

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Our trained in-house technicians will install your solar panels

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Our project coordinators will help you connect your system to the grid

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You enjoy your savings and producing clean energy with your solar panels

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Blue Raven Solar, LLC

DG Certification: 17-0190

The customer experience sets Blue Raven Solar apart, and our team in Illinois are some of the best.

 

Going solar is a process, and Blue Raven Solar makes sure that the homeowner is informed every step of the way. We work hard so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the savings. Our team of sales representatives, solar experts, installers, and electricians in Illinois along with our support team will create a seamless experience for the customer. From sale to installation and energization, we’re working hard behind the scenes to keep the process moving along.

 

Before we begin installing your solar panels our solar panel expert will set up an initial meeting at your home to ensure you are a good candidate for solar energy. Our solar energy expert will also check the electrical status of your home and condition of your roof. We examine the roofing type, the angle, shading on the roof, along with many other aspects, including your energy usage history, in order to make sure that your solar panel installation is as seamless as possible.

 

After we verify that you are a good candidate for solar panel installation, our design team will work with you to create a maximum efficiency plan for your roof. We will be able to answer any questions that you may have about the solar panel installation process, solar tax credits, or our financing options, including our industry-leading Blue Power Plus. Once we decide which financing option is best for you and your family we will create and sign the solar panel installation agreement. We will also take care of all necessary permits.

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Selecting the best solar company in Illinois to work with is important.

 

Here’s what we would like you to know about us:

You will save money

Our Illinois customers will save between $15,000 and $50,000+ over a 25-year period depending on the size of their system and their current home energy use.

We’ll send a solar professional to your home to review your utility bills. Our analysts will quickly evaluate your bills and your roof to determine if you are qualified for maximum solar savings and if it is a worthwhile investment for your family. If not, we won’t waste your time.

You will get premium solar equipment

Blue Raven Solar customers deserve the best, so we offer only one level of quality: top-of-the-line. Our solar arrays are built using only high-end black-on-black, monocrystalline silicon solar panels and Enphase microinverters. When going solar you want high-quality productions at a low price. Going solar with Blue Raven means you get maximum value.

You get worry-free solar ownership

To make solar energy as dependable as the morning sun, we include a two-year productivity guarantee. Two years after installation, if our systems produce less than our original estimates, we update them with more panels free of charge.

 

We provide professional installation, and solar equipment warranties to ensure that you experience worry-free solar power system ownership.

You will get the fastest solar panel installation in Illinois

Designing a system to meet your daily energy needs and fit the available space is always a custom job. We use the latest satellite imagery and 3D modeling tools to get measurements and create a personalized analysis of your solar energy needs. And, we have the fastest installation times of all solar companies in Illinois, driven by systems and smart people who know how to get the job done. Your solar project will NEVER “sit” in our pipeline.

We make going solar in Illinois easy

From first consultation until flipping the switch on a working solar-energy system, we keep the process as simple and hassle-free as possible. Our field service teams handle building permits, inspections, and every stage of the installation process. You are committed to clean energy and protecting our environment with solar, so we are committed to making sure going solar is fast & easy.

We are local

Local teams, local office, and local partnerships mean fast panel installation & net metering times, so you can begin saving with solar quickly!

From the Chicago metropolitan area to cities like Elgin and even villages like Hanover Park, we are able to work with your city and county for quick solar permitting turnarounds. We will also make sure your home is prepped to pass required inspections and ready to quickly connect with local utilities.

We speed up installation

Depending on your city, it can take between 6-12 weeks to get panels installed on your roof, followed by about 3-5 weeks to get interconnected with your utility to enjoy the benefits of net metering. The longest step is getting approved permits from your city. Rest assured we work with your city or county to expedite the permitting process so you can enjoy the benefits of going solar as soon as possible.

Blue Raven Solar is a Top Solar Company in Chicago

Blue Raven Solar was nominated for an Annual Award of Business Excellence in Chicago in 2020. The Daily Herald Business Ledger’s AABE awards are given for business achievement, growth and community involvement, are presented to outstanding businesses and non-profit organizations with a significant presence in the Chicago suburban circulation area. Blue Raven Solar has also been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine in 2019 (Inc. 500) and 2020 (Inc. 5000).

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Illinois Solar Facts

  • Illinois has the nation’s 10th best solar carve-out
  • A solar carve out is required solar power generation by the utility companies,
    which typically means better incentives from utilities for the consumer.
  • Solar Installed: 73.8 MW (5.2 MW in 2016)
  • National Ranking: 32nd (39th in 2016)
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 11,000 • Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 0.04%
  • Solar Jobs and Ranking: 3,718 (17th in 2016)
  • Solar Companies in State: 321 companies total; 62 Manufacturers, 111 Installers/Developers, 140 Others
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $216.75 million ($13.75 million in 2016)
  • Price Declines: 64% over last 5 years • Growth Projections and Ranking: 1,302 MW over next 5 years (ranks 20th)

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The 25 Year Environmental Impact of Installing Solar Power on your Home

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Gallons of
gasoline saved

12,776

Home electricity
user for 1 year

1,039

Trees growing
for 10 years

403

Tons of waste
sent to landfill

41,323

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Solar Savings in Illinois

The state Illinois offers generous state and utility incentives for homeowners who are looking to make the switch to renewable energy. Net metering, solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), tax exemptions, and federal incentives make going solar more affordable for the homeowner and make the state one of the top states in the nation for solar.

 

Because of so many local benefits, solar is a great option for homeowners in Illinois. In fact, Illinois has a renewable portfolio standard that means that the state is committed to producing 25% of its electricity by renewable resources by the year 2025. To accomplish this goal, the state is offering incentives to help its citizens put solar on their roofs.

 

Net Metering – In Illinois, your utility company is required under Illinois law to track your renewable energy production and give you credits for any excess energy that is produced. At the end of an annual period, these credits expire and revert to the utilities company without compensation. Thus, there is no need for a homeowner to purchase a system that produces much more energy than your household uses.

 

Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) – Because Illinois is committed to producing 25% of its electricity through renewable energy resources, it is offering a program called “Illinois Shines” that gives homeowners one solar renewable energy credit for every megawatt hour produced by your system. Homeowners can then sell these credits and generate income throughout the life of the entire system.

 

Property Tax Exemption – When residential solar buyers register their system with the chief county assessment officer, it will be re-valued as a conventional energy system (much cheaper) meaning property tax will be only slightly higher than before.

Should I Go Solar in the Prairie State?

Less than 3% of the current U.S. population are enjoying the benefits & savings of solar energy. Our joy is knowing that our customers are saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. We want the same for you.

With the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and local incentives, Illinois residents are jumping at the chance to become a part of the renewable energy movement. These incentives, along with monthly utility bill savings, make solar make a lot of sense for the Illinois homeowner. Also, utility prices will continue to rise every year, so the savings from going solar will also increase. We’re excited to help you throughout your solar journey and hope to help you make a positive impact on the environment while saving you thousands on your electricity bill!

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