Does solar make sense in Illinois

May 21, 2021 | 3min read

Solar makes a lot of sense in Illinois thanks to generous state and utility incentives for homeowners. Illinois offers property tax exemptions for homeowners who invest in solar energy, a robust net metering policy, and solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). These incentives, combined with the potential for saving on utility bills, make going solar in Illinois the right choice for practically every Illinois homeowner.

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State incentives for home solar

Property tax exemptions.* Illinois allows for an alternative valuation of renewable energy home upgrades from property tax assessments. This means that the value you add to your home by installing solar panels, home batteries, or smart home energy controllers won’t add to your property tax assessment.

Net metering. Customers of Commonwealth Edison, the Ameren Illinois Utilities, and MidAmerican Energy Company are eligible for a one-to-one retail rate credit for systems of up to 2 MW in size. This means that system owners will be compensated for excess electricity generated by their solar systems at the same rate that they pay when buying electricity from their utility. The actual amount that solar owners get paid depends on which utility serves them. Commonwealth Edison offers some of the best rates for solar net metering customers.

Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) Is a credit awarded to solar owners that they sell directly to one of the three Illinois Investor-owned utilities (ComEd, Ameren or MidAmerican). The value of the credit depends on the price for the SRECs that companies that purchase the credits pay. One Illinois SREC is awarded for every one megawatt-hour of electricity generated by a solar system. As of the January 2021, the SREC program is out of funding. Customers may add themselves to the waitlist for when funding becomes available again.

For more information on solar power programs in Illinois check out the IL Shines Block Program Information Brochure:

Freedom Forever is ready to help Illinois go solar

Freedom Forever independent authorized dealers can help you go solar with a system that takes full advantage of the generous solar energy credits that are available to Illinois homeowners. Our customers also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with our 25-year production guarantee. If your system produces less power than we say it will, you can get a check to cover the difference covered under our 25-year production guarantee! Once your system is on, it is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If it ever breaks, we’ll make it right.

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*You should contact a qualified tax expert and consult with them. Neither Freedom Forever’s family of independent authorized dealers nor Freedom Forever itself can give you tax advice. A qualified tax professional will understand your situation and be able to give you the most relevant advice.