Home Solar in Illinois

Why Go Solar in Illinois?

  • Focus on Solar

    In 2016, The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) laid out a plan to acquire 25 percent of Illinois' energy from renewable sources by 2025 - this is a requirement from the Future Energy Jobs Act.1

  • Strong Home Solar Incentives

    You may qualify for federal and state incentives.2

Illinois Solar Incentives

Illinois may not be the sunniest state, but there’s more than enough sunlight to power your solar system! Solar panels perform well even in cold winter climates.

If you’re considering investing in a home solar system, you may be able to take advantage of significant federal and state incentives.2

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Incentive: Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) Payments for Solar System Owners

If you own your solar system, you could be eligible for Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) generous Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program. You may get cash upfront for your solar system!

Because 25 percent of Illinois’ energy must come from renewable sources by 2025, the IPA is encouraging everyone in IL to help meet the 25 percent goal.

SRECs are a way for state agencies to “purchase” the benefit of your solar energy production to add to their renewable energy goals.

Your solar system will contribute to Illinois’ 25 percent renewable energy goal, so IPA will give you cash SRECs upfront based on your solar system’s installed capacity and predicted production. The SCRECs are paid after your system is connected.

The SREC program uses a “block” structure to determine pricing. As more IL residents install solar, there are fewer funds available for SRECS – the sooner you get solar and sign up for SRECs, the better.
 

Block Group Block Category Block 1 Block 2 Block 3
Group A (Ameren) Small ≤ 10kW $85.10 $81.70 $78.43
Group A (Ameren) Large > 10kW - 25kW $78.70 $75.55 $72.53
Group B (ComED) Small ≤ 10kW $72.97 $70.05 $67.25
Group B (ComED) Large > 10kW - 25kW $73.27 $70.30 $67.49

 

Applying for the SREC incentive is easy.

  • Starting in winter 2018, you can apply on the Illinois Power Agency ABP website.
  • Systems built in/after June 2017 retroactively qualify for the SREC incentive.

Complete program details can be found on the Illinois Power Agency ABP website. You can also find previous updates of the incentive program on Illinois.gov.

Sunnova Solar Offerings in Illinois


Sunnova Offers A Variety of Ways to Go Solar in Illinois

Start Making Your Own Renewable Energy for $0 Upfront Costs:

While many homeowners may be wondering how to go solar in a cold, snowy climate, the reality is, solar is a great investment in cold-weather states. Solar panels are incredibly efficient in cold weather!

Sunnova offers a variety of ways to go solar in Illinois:

 

Lease
Sunnova Easy Save
Loan or Finance Agreement
Sunnova Easy Own
Steady monthly payments to lease your home solar system equipment – may include an optional escalator. 25-year warranty. Steady monthly payments to own your home solar system equipment. 25-year warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Yes! Through our customer portal MySunnova, you can pay your bill online, view your system production, and more.

You can monitor your solar system’s production in the “Monitoring” section of our MySunnova customer portal. The reading of your meter is delayed approximately 24 hours.

To ensure optimal performance of your solar system, Sunnova also monitors every system 24/7 at no additional cost.

Solar panels are extremely durable and built to withstand the elements. As a Sunnova customer, your responsibilities will include:

  • Trim any trees around your solar system that may block the sun from reaching your solar panels.
  • Check that there is no accumulation of leaves, debris, snow, or critters under the solar panels.
  • In more arid climate, you may need to spray your solar panels with a hose to wash off built-up dust and dirt. You can do this while standing on the ground – we strongly advise against you climbing on your roof for any reason.

Each month, you will receive either a bill or a statement from your utility company, in addition to your Sunnova bill. This is because your home solar system will be grid-tied – during times of low or no solar production, you may need to pull electricity from your utility. You may also be eligible for net metering credits for energy your home solar system exports back to your utility.

If the utility company sends monthly statements in lieu of an actual bill with an amount due, you can expect an annual reconciliation of all electricity usage charges and credits.5

Benefits for Sunnova Customers

Monitor Your Solar Production and Battery Charge - Sunnova customers have access to our MySunnova portal, where you can monitor your solar production and battery charge, manage your billing options, and more. We also proactively monitor your solar system, and we’ll alert you to any issues.

You’re Covered with Our Sunnova Protect™ Warranty - Our Sunnova Protect™ warranty covers your home solar and Sunnova SunSafe® home solar + storage system for 25 years, including repairs and maintenance.4 Your home solar system will come with a production guarantee - if your Sunnova home solar system isn’t producing the amount of energy we guarantee, we’ll credit or refund you the difference.

 

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2. You may be eligible for a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) with the purchase of a solar battery. To receive the full federal tax credit, you must have federal income tax liability at least equal to the value of the tax credit. Additional tax credits may also be available for homeowners in certain states and territories. Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding customer eligibility for tax benefits. Sunnova does not provide tax advice. Contact your personal tax advisor for eligibility.
3. Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding credit for net energy exported to the electric grid, and any credit provided (now or in the future) is subject to change or termination by executive, legislative or regulatory action.
4. Refer to your Warranty Agreement for complete warranty terms and limitations.

 

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