Solar Power In Illinois

Could Illinois Become The Midwest's Solar Leader?

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Solar Makes Sense For Illinois Homeowners

When it comes to great states for solar energy, Illinois might not be as obvious a choice as sunny states like California, Arizona, or Florida. But Illinois could become a model for other heartland states to follow with its generous combination of residential solar incentives and tax breaks.

Illinois’ forward-thinking Renewable Portfolio Standard is the key to what makes the state a great environment to go solar. Net metering, the Illinois Shines program, and federal tax credits mean you can go solar in Illinois with less money out of pocket up front and get more value over the life of your system.

As a homeowner in Illinois, you can save money and live more comfortably with solar. Zenernet can help – book your consultation now, or read on to learn more.

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Why Go Solar In Illinois?

Going solar in Illinois is not only a smart financial decision today but a stable, predictable investment for years to come. In 2022, solar panels are no longer a luxury purchase. Significant improvements in solar technology and reductions in installation costs have given Illinois homeowners the power to save money while giving them greater freedom from reliance on utility companies.

Reduce or Eliminate Your Electric Bill

Powering your home with renewable solar energy can significantly reduce your dependence on utility companies and lower your monthly energy costs. Better yet, if your home solar system produces more energy than you need that month, many Illinois utility companies will give you credit on your next electric bill. That means on those few cloudy days when your solar system isn’t producing enough power, you can apply solar credits to your monthly electricity bill to reduce or even eliminate the out-of-pocket cost.

Solar Technology Has Improved Greatly

Since the invention of the first usable solar panel in 1954, solar technology and solar panel efficiency have evolved rapidly. In less than 70 years, solar panel efficiency has increased by more than 100%. Recently named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, Zenernet is making solar smarter with the latest smart home technology. With our easy-to-use monitoring portals, you can conveniently view real-time and long-term solar production stats from any device. In addition to our innovative monitoring systems, we also offer an array of smart home add-ons to help you take control of your home energy use and get even more value out of your solar investment.

Build Equity in Your Home

Not only does solar power help you save on your utility bills, but it can also increase the value of your home. Recent studies show that installing solar panels in your home can increase the value of your home by up to 4.1%. With the typical home value in Illinois over $240,000 in 2021, that’s a premium of almost $10,000. Gaining energy independence, adopting the latest technology, lowering utility costs, and building equity on your home are just a few of the reasons why Illinois residents are investing in solar with Zenernet.

Illinois Solar Quick Facts


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*Costs, payback periods, and savings vary based on county.

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Are Solar Panels Worth It In Illinois?

Although there are states that enjoy more sunshine, Illinois makes up for its average climate with some of the best money-saving incentives for solar in the Midwest region, if not the entire nation.

Enough Sun to Get the Job Done

Illinois residents enjoy an average of about 200 days with sun each year. That’s more than enough sunshine for Zenernet customers to significantly offset their monthly utility bill, allowing them to save money and stay more comfortable.

The Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard

Illinois’ Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) commits the state to the ambitious goal of producing 25% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. This is great for Illinois homeowners interested in going solar, because power produced by residential solar systems counts toward the goal. For the utility companies, it’s cheaper to help homeowners go solar than to build new renewable energy infrastructure themselves.

Generating Income From Solar With Illinois Shines

Another way Illinois is working to achieve it’s RPS goal that makes solar more attractive for Illinois homeowners is Illinois Shines, also known as the Adjustable Block Program. Under this program, you get a Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SERC) for every megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity that your solar system generates, and you can sell these credits in the market, turning your system into another income stream to offset your utility bills. For some time the ABP was not accepting new applications, but under new legislation signed into law in September of 2021 it should reopen by the end of the year.

Making Your Utility Pay You With Solar Net Metering

Net Metering programs make solar more financially beneficial for homeowners in many states, but they’re especially beneficial in Illinois. Simply put, Net Metering allows energy your solar system produces that you don’t use to be sent back to the grid, and your utility credits you for it, increasing your savings.

Choosing The Right Solar Panels For Your Home

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When it comes to choosing the right solar equipment for your home, there is a lot to consider. Solar Panels – the most visible component of your system – are not one size fits all. Solar panels vary by type, appearance, performance, and cost.

In addition to the panels, there are several other essential components to your home solar system, including but not limited to the inverter, battery, and racking system. When it comes time to decide on the right equipment for your home, it’s important to remember that every home and location is unique.

At Zenernet, we work with you to design the perfect solar system for your unique needs. We partner with the leading solar equipment manufacturers on the market today to source the best quality solar equipment available. These partnerships allow our team of experts to create a custom combination of components for your home, so you only pay for the solar system you want – nothing more.

We are committed to facilitating a stress-free and transparent customer experience from start to finish. Book a no-pressure consultation to answer all your questions about going solar.

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Illinois Solar Panel Tax Credits and Exemptions

Going solar doesn’t have to be a financial burden. With Zenernet, many homeowners can switch to solar and start saving right away with federal incentive programs. Since implementing the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in 2006, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000%. Due to the success of this program, homeowners will continue to benefit from this tax credit through 2024.

In addition to the federal tax credit, Illinois has state tax incentives for homeowners going solar. We’ve talked about how going solar adds value to your home. Ready for more good news? In Illinois, a special assessment for solar energy upgrades prevents your property taxes from going up because of the value going solar adds to your property.

All Zenernet solar installations qualify for the Federal tax credit. In preparation for your solar installation, our team of energy experts will help you take advantage of the solar tax credit and incentive opportunities that are available to you.

Why Choose Zenernet

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In Illinois

Become one of the thousands of Illinois residents who are saving money and living more comfortably with residential solar. Take advantage of sunny weather, attractive tax incentives, and Net Metering that makes your utility pay you. You can save thousands of dollars over the life of your solar installation, gain independence from your utility companies, and contribute to a better future!

You deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are no longer dependent on Illinois utility companies to power your life and home. Take back your power with Zenernet solar and start saving thousands right away. Book a no-pressure consultation to answer all your questions about going solar.