Illinois is a great state for solar. The state’s strong environmental policies and large and competitive marketplace, combined with federal and state incentives make it the perfect place to go solar—and now may be the best time to do it!
Illinois shines with solar
The Illinois Shines program offers financial incentives for both residential and commercial solar projects, through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, from Distributed Generation and Community Solar projects. Their website has a number of helpful resources, including a list of vendors who are pre-approved to submit project applications to the program.
Illinois Solar for All (ILSFA) is a program by the state of Illinois that allows income-eligible homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations, and public facilities to pay no upfront costs for a solar installation or subscription. Participants in the program can save money on electric bills—an average of more than $1000 per year—while helping create a clean energy future. You may be eligible for ILSFA if your household income is 80% or less of the Area Median Income.
Federal tax credits
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which allows businesses to deduct up to 30 percent of the cost of their solar panel systems from their federal taxes, is a gigantic upfront savings incentive for anyone in Illinois looking to switch to solar.
Illinois, like many other states, has net metering laws in place. Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their electricity from solar power to sell the electricity they aren’t using back to the grid. As a result, solar system PV owners receive a credit on their energy bill to offset any grid-supplied energy they may need.
In this solar-friendly climate, All Energy Solar’s team of dedicated Illinois solar power installers is waiting to assist you with every aspect of your solar energy project. Starting with the initial site visit, through the permitting process, incentive paperwork, design, and complete installation, we’ll guide you every step of the way and beyond. To learn more about going solar in Illinois, explore our Going Solar 101 page or contact an All Energy Solar representative.