VIDEO: How Does Solar Work for Your Home?
Just like photosynthesis captures the power of the sun to grow plants, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system captures the power of the sun for our energy use. Solar power provides a maintenance-free solution to your energy needs, reducing your utility bill, gaining you energy independence, and contributing to clean energy in our region. […]
Solar and the Environment Resource Library
If you are here, thank you! You realize the importance of doing your part to move our energy grid to more sustainable sources, like the sun! Solar empowers everyday people to choose where they get their energy. Every solar installation helps move our region toward our clean energy goals. In this article you will find […]
Study Finds Solar Panels Increase Home Values
In 2019 Zillow, an online real estate platform, researched how solar panels impact home values and the ultimate selling price. The short answer is that solar does increase the value of your home at sale. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), also found that in addition to the higher premium solar owners can sell their […]
What is a Solar Group Purchasing Program?
Going solar for your home has great benefits – from stimulating your local economy, to providing a cleaner environment to your larger community. But what if there was a way for your community to all go solar together? For communities in the Midwest, there is a way, with Grow Solar and other group purchasing programs! […]
Shine It Forward – How You, a Solar Homeowner, Can Inspire More Solar
As a solar homeowner, think back to the time when you were first researching the prospect of going solar. No doubt you had many questions. How does it work? Does it make financial sense? Do I need to replace my roof? You likely went to search for these answers, and many […]
5 Steps to Make Your House a Solar Power Home
Updated 07.04.2021 So you’re ready to take the leap and make your house into a solar power home? Congratulations! Whether you’ve come to this conclusion to offset your electricity costs, help the growth of clean energy, or increase the value of your house, you’ve made a smart decision. Where do you begin? Before the solar […]
These Little Piggies Went Solar
Pork producers across Illinois are investing in solar technology. Why? Solar generation matches very well with hog production systems. In the summer, such systems need many fans ventilating the hog buildings and at the same time there are more hours of sun in the day and solar technology produces more energy. Solar technology enables hog […]
Farmers Harvest the Sun for Lower Energy Costs
Farmers across Illinois and Missouri are discovering solar as a great investment and can stabilize their energy costs. With federal and state incentives for agricultural operations, 2020 is shaping to be a great year for farmers to go solar. There are three federal incentives, as well as two incentives Illinois-specific, and one Missouri incentive appropriate […]
Farmers See Financial Advantages to Going Solar
Farms going solar are a growing trend in Illinois. Knowledge of incentives and project financing is critical to helping farm owners maximize their savings.
Solar Energy – Changing Minds & Providing Solutions
We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made the decision to go solar with us throughout the past 9 years and helped us inspire a solar tribe!