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Farms going solar are a growing trend in Illinois. Knowledge of incentives and project financing is critical to helping farm owners maximize their savings.

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Don’t Delay Your Solar Dreams – Act in 2020 for the Best Incentives!

  These are uncertain times, but you can likely make one thing more certain, your energy bills . You can …

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What is the difference between a kW and a kWh?

When you start researching solar panels for your home or business you start seeing kW and kWh everywhere, but what …

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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 …

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5 Steps to Make Your House a Solar Power Home

So you’re ready to take the leap and make your house into a solar power home? Congratulations! Whether you’ve come …

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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 …

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Is your roof ready for solar? Find out!

Have you ever looked at your roof and wondered, is it a good roof for solar? Turns out that is …

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Thinking about Batteries? 5 Things to Think About as You Get Started

 Decide What You Want Backed Up Home battery backup systems can keep the lights on and refrigerator running when the …

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What happens with my utility when I go solar?

The utility that serves your community has a big impact on how solar will look for your home or business. …

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Backup Generator For Solar System Array

So you now that you have gone solar, what can you do to fully cut the cord and go off-grid? A backup generator may be the answer. Generators can run loads that are beyond your inverters capacity such as well pumps and certain heavy machinery. If you have a battery backup as well, the generator can charge your batteries or improve their performance through a process known as equalizing. We serve Columbia, St. Louis and Illinois.

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Batteries – DC Coupling

Grid-Connected Solar Plus Batteries – DC Coupling February, 2014   DC Coupling is the standard method to combine a grid-tied …

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