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Whether you root for the Cubs or the White Sox, 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, 2021 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.

REBATES: Net metering, property tax exemption

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ENERGY SAVINGS: Guaranteed

SYSTEM OWNERSHIP: You own it!

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.

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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 EXEMPTIONS

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!

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

 

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

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YOU WILL SAVE MONEY ON ENERGY USE

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 Illinois 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 OUR 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 in Illinois 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 stress-free solar power system ownership.

YOU WILL GET THE FASTEST SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION IN ILLINOIS

Designing a solar system to meet your daily energy needs and fit the available space on your roof 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 energy, so we are committed to making sure going solar is fast & easy.

WE ARE LOCAL

We are local in Illinois – local office, local teams, and local partners. This means our panel installation is quick and your savings can begin!

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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SUSTAINABLE SAVINGS

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. 

SmartStart gives you the freedom to extend the 18 month promotion to 5 years! During that time you can pay off your solar if you’d like, or just enjoy your savings.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU CONTACT BLUE RAVEN SOLAR

  1. A qualified sales representative will answer any questions and get details about your home and existing energy consumption
  2. Our designers will create a maximum efficiency plan for your roof
  3. Our trained in-house technicians will install your solar panels
  4. Our project coordinators will help you connect your system to the grid
  5. You enjoy your savings and producing clean energy with your solar panels
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The customer experience sets Blue Raven Solar apart, and our team in Illinois are some of the best.

 

Going solar is a lengthy process, and Blue Raven Solar makes sure that the homeowner is involved every step of the way. Our solar team works hard so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the savings. Our 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 Illinois 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 verifying that you are a good candidate for solar panel installation in Illinois, 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.

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. We are also perfecting a new financing option called SmartStart, and you can read more about it here.

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Our primary goal will always be to take care of our customers. We started this company with the goal of making solar energy accessible and affordable for the average homeowner, and that’s exactly what we intend to do. We want to continue providing you (the customer), with energy that protects the environment, saves you money, and improves the value of your home.

 

Our mission is to make homeowners’ lives better by reducing their energy bills, by increasing their reliance on clean and abundant renewable energy, and by providing a world-class customer experience through a reliable sales process and a speedy, high-quality installation.

 

With over 5,000 5-star reviews, the customer experience sets Blue Raven Solar apart from the rest of the solar industry.

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“It works exactly like it is supposed to..The salesman was not pushy and answered every question I had.since the solar was installed I get two invoices from Xcel Energy, gas and electricity. The gas bill is normal, the electric bill has been $0.00 for the past year..”

LEO L.

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“Blue Raven was attentive, thorough, and had great communication. In addition, they had some awesome incentives for me to sign up when I did, and my neighbors were able to get in on it also, providing me with a referral bonus. Thanks BR!”

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Linda Thomas
Linda Thomas
01:42 30 Nov 19
Blue Raven arrived on time and finished early. Access to the attic and electric system were accomplished with minimal disruption to our family. They left everything in order and were polite and accommodating. Linda M Thomas
Teri Valenti
Teri Valenti
13:13 12 Oct 19
Chris was great. Knowledgeable, friendly. The install was excellent. Non disruptive to my day, cleaned up after themselves. Were friendly and efficient. The final product looks fantastic
David Kamedulski
David Kamedulski
23:54 30 Sep 19
I shopped around and they had the most knowledgeable salesperson. It took some time to get all the permits and schedule everything, but they kept me informed and took care of everything. The crew did the install in a day, working until 7pm to complete the job. All around, very pleased.
Lloyd Witt
Lloyd Witt
14:43 07 Sep 19
Awesome experience. They did a great job getting everything setup and all the paperwork filed. Everything was spelled out in the contracts and they made sure I understood exactly what everything meant. I ran all the docs through my lawyer and there wasn’t any BS in them and what they told me was accurate.I would tell you to call them.I worked with 3 other companies getting quotes and all of the other contracts were ambiguous and didn’t clearly spell out what the deal was. I was kind of left to my own avail to trudge their stuffs.read more
Francisco Cardenas
Francisco Cardenas
19:00 06 Sep 19
They started at 9am and finished 2pm ,they were professional and polite and courteous a great team and do not separate them they get the job done right
Dale Beranek
Dale Beranek
12:45 25 Jul 19
This entire experience has been super easy and fast. The only delay I've seen is with my town and the build permit and final inspection. That's normal though. Blue Raven has given me updates along the way. The installation was done quickly and professionally. Super impressed so far.
lisa jacob
lisa jacob
17:16 10 Jun 19
Perhaps one of the easiest home improvement projects I have ever done!
Crystal Mccabe
Crystal Mccabe
20:45 08 May 19
They were quick and efficient. Very nice too.
Steven Giuliano
Steven Giuliano
14:11 19 Apr 19
Hi my name is Steven. My experience was amazing. Everyone is a rock star. My wife and I tell everyone we can about Blue Raven Solar. I only hope more people can see the light. Thank you all, and I mean everyone for a dream come true. Steven
Clayton Sears
Clayton Sears
17:44 28 Dec 18
We installed our panels about a year ago and I am very happy. Our Blue Raven contacts handled literally every phase of the installation from applying for permits from our village and HOA to the final debug. Then when we had a problem with the output if a few panels they made it right. My bill went down to 15.00 this last summer. That was awesome to stick it to the man. Being in Chicago I realize this will fluctuate and I am looking forward to seeing if I can manage my electric usage to build up my credits and keep it at 15.00 year round. All in all my experience with Blue Raven was and has been a very positive one and would recommend them to anyone thinking of going solar.read more
Molly German
Molly German
17:53 09 Nov 18
Very friendly and efficient. Started at 8 am and were done before 2 pm
Darek G
Darek G
02:30 13 Oct 18
Quick and professional installation.
Lydia Stephens
Lydia Stephens
01:21 19 Sep 18
Excellent service from Dave our Blue Raven on site personnel. Very excited to save money!
NASKO ATANASSOV
NASKO ATANASSOV
23:30 30 Aug 18
Easy to work with! Good workers!The job has been completed for a day!
Chanel Simpson
Chanel Simpson
03:14 13 Jul 18
Installation was done in one day. The installer answered all my questions. He also did not leave a mess. You could not tell he had been here. Overall...great experience.
Kirk Landers
Kirk Landers
20:33 28 Apr 18
Blue Raven Solar proved to be easy to work with, from sales to installation. The installation crew was courteous, extremely efficient, and on time. We haven't turned on the system yet--there are some checks to complete first--but everything up to now has been very professional and worthy of recommendation to others.
Greg and Martha Schwieger
Greg and Martha Schwieger
19:49 05 Apr 18
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