Solar 101

As shown above, solar is simple! Effectively, as the sun shines, the solar panels produce electrons that are captured by micro-wires in the modules.  These are routed to an inverter where the electricity is turned from DC to AC and then fed to your home electric panel.  If you make more electricity than you need, that energy is back-fed to the grid and credited on your electric bill (or "Net Metered").  For more information - see the FAQ page.  
These systems are fully automatic and as require very little maintenance.

To get started, we will conduct a technical site survey in order to: 

  • Look at the electrical panel for interconnection options, 
  • Fine tune panel layout looking for obstacles and solutions, 
  • Identify how to bring power from the roof to the electrical  panel,
  • Confirm web monitoring options to track performance online.

For new construction projects, we can work with your architect or GC to get solar incorporated into the original design of your home.

Learn More

 Want to attend a public workshop to learn more?  Check out our calendar for dates and locations when we will be presenting on solar in communities around Illinois.   

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