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Illinois solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $0.62/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of May 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 43 609 / year Average savings from going solar in Illinois
  • 4 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.71 kW Recommended system size

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What our happy customers say

The website UI is really intuitive and I figured out what I want pretty quickly. Went for Canadian Solar panels plus a solaredge inverter. I went to their fulfillment center to grab my order, and they were very quick to bring it out. The staff really made sure to warn me that panels are fragile and I appreciate that. Drove the package home safely, unpacked, all good. Right now we’re in the middle of the installation process, they sent a letter asking how I’m doing and asked for a review. Here I am! The panels are nice and it was a pleasure doing business with you.
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Apr 7, 2022
Fantastic company. Everything went smooth and the shipped was fast. The customer service was great.
Joe M.
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Apr 5, 2022
So I’m from LA and everybody’s going solar here so though that I should too. But I was really afraid it would be too much of a hassle. Eventually i went on google and soon found a1store. They got a pretty website and lots of articles on solar, and I flicked through a couple. So I decided to contact them, they were very friendly and we scheduled a call with their engineer. He was very patient with me and explained all the basics that I needed to know.

So i made an order, one of their centers is nearby, so i ordered pickup. I drove there, and they warned me to drive the panels carefully and pack them well for the road. seems like it's a recurring thing that people break their panels on the way home. I was real careful and yeah, I got home safely. Panels are in my garage now. I already found the installer. we have to take care of some papers and then it’s on!
Jerry Burton
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Via Trustpilot
Mar 8, 2022
I ordered some solar panels. The top 4 ones were damaged during delivery (A1 had emailed me in advance what to check for before I took delivery which I followed even though the truck driver was pushing not to inspect them as thouroughly) and A1 replaced them in a timely manner and kept me informed. The price on the panels were some of the best on the internet (delivered). I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021
I ordered some solar panels but during delivery, the top 4 were broken by the shipping department.

A1 replaced them and kept me informed when the replacements would be in. I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Illinois you need to know

Return 26% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows homeowners to claim 26% of the cost of their solar power system installed until 2022 as an income tax deduction. For example, if your solar system costs $20,000, you are eligible for $5,200 (26% of the total gross cost) in tax credit. Solar system cost comprises not only the money spent on solar panels but also freight shipping costs, professional installer fees, tools bought or rented, and so on. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

The Net Metering policy in Illinois has made it easier for its customers to sell unused electricity back to the grid instead of storing the energy in batteries. If your system includes a renewable electric generator, you may interconnect to your electric company’s grid and receive credit for unused electricity. Your PV system will pay for itself primarily through the Net Metering program by selling solar energy that you haven’t used into the commercial grid and gaining credits from the utility company for it. The credits later can be used to cover your electric bills.

In Illinois, credit value is equal to the full retail electricity price. If you have unused credits, they will roll over to the next month and can help offset future electricity usage. Make sure to sell any remaining credits to the grid as they will expire in one year.

Save additional $300 to $1,000 a year trading RECs

Illinois has a goal of producing 25% of its energy from sustainable resources by 2025, through the renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Installing a solar power system will help your state achieve its ambitious goal. In addition, there is a special program, rewarding those who go green: under the Adjustable Block Program(ABP), also known as Illinois Shines, you will be rewarded one Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) that can be sold for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of energy which your PV system produces, allowing your system to payback itself. With the inquiry of the program, you must be waitlisted to qualify for the Adjustable Block Program.

Rebates at $250/kW for industrial and commercial installations

One of Illinois’ greatest utility companies, ComEd helps reduce out-of-pocket costs of installing solar panels for industrial and commercial customers by providing rebates. If you would like to install a PV system on your business as a ComEd customer, you’re eligible for $250/kW of installed solar power. But keep in mind, this repayment only qualifies for owners whose PV system does not exceed 2 MW in capacity.

Raise your property value but not your taxes

Illinois’ Special Assessment for Solar Energy Systems ensures any new PV system installed in Illinois will not be part of your property tax. However, any such home improvement will definitely make it about 4% more valuable on the property market, says the 2019 Zillow report. If you would like your solar energy property valued in this manner, file the State of Illinois PTAX-330 property tax form.

Install your solar panels in Illinois with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Illinois. However, the homeowners’ association (HOA) may impose some restrictions, for example, on the location of your panels. PV modules are normally installed facing south, but it may be determined to install them within 45 degrees east or west with the assurance that the productivity of your panels will not be impaired.

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