Solar 101

Solar is simple! Effectively, as the sun shines, the solar panels produce electrons that are captured by wires in the modules.  These are connected 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, the energy is fed back to the grid and credited on your electric bill (or "Net Metered").  For more information - see the FAQ page.  
Solar systems are fully automatic and as require very little maintenance.

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

  • Fine tune panel layout looking for obstacles and solutions, 
  • Identify how to bring power from the roof to the electrical panel,
  • Look at the electrical panel for interconnection options, 
  • 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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