Emerge from coronavirus with solar on your roof

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Imagine that, when COVID-19 is over, you’ll celebrate with solar panels on your roof. Why not?

Act before year’s end to maximize federal tax incentives

The pandemic will end. It may not seem like it right now but, trust me, it will. When the coronavirus is past us, we will get back to normal. Imagine if your new, post-COVID normal included solar energy panels on your roof.

Federal tax incentives are not scheduled to end. But, at the end of this year, they will shrink a bit. Translation: you have just over four months to take advantage of the current higher tax incentives.

What you really want to take advantage of are the UV rays that are bombarding the roof of your home and doing nothing more than making the shingles hot. Imagine the rays of the sun warming the lining of your wallet.

This has been a crazy year. It’s been a rough year. However, people with foresight look upon times like these, and situations such as this, as opportunities. How can you make the most of the situation?

If you emerge from the coronavirus with a solar energy system turning the light of the sun into energy you’ll really have accomplished something. For some people, looking back, the most they’ll have to say about the pandemic is, “I watched every episode of Harry Potter 10 times.”

The thing is that, with streaming, they can watch Harry Potter as many times as they want after the pandemic. But on January 1, 2021, the federal tax incentive will fall from 26 percent to 22 percent. That represents opportunity lost for those who wait too long. It’s four percent of tax benefit for those who act now – who don’t allow the pandemic to put them in a hole and keep them there.

The sun shines as brightly during the pandemic as it did before the virus and as much as it will after the virus is past. With a solar energy system, homeowners can virtually cut the cord from the big utility companies. Then, when they watch Harry Potter, or any other programming they want to see, they won’t be giving their money to the utility company to operate the television.

Find out how to put the cash produced by the sun in your pocket


Daylight’s burning and so are your dollars if you don’t have solar energy system on your Antioch roof

Daylight is burning and so is your cash if you don’t have solar panels on your roof collecting energy you don’t have to pay to the utility companies.

There’s never a bad time to have a solar energy system on the roof of your Antioch home. If the solar panels are up there, they’re soaking in the sunlight and turning it into energy. Correspondingly, they’re casting a protective shield over your wallet.

One of the best times to collect solar energy with your Antioch solar panels is the summer. In the summertime, the days are longer. There’s more sunlight and more opportunities for your solar panels to do their magic.

June 20 is the longest day of this year. No, it’s still 24 hours. But in the Northern hemisphere, where you’ll find Antioch, it’s the day with the longest period between sunrise and sunset. On this glorious day, the sun rises at 5:17 a.m. and sets at 8:34 p.m. That means we have 15 hours and 17 minutes of daylight.

Following June 20, each day gets a little shorter. But, not to worry, we have an entire summer of extended daylight to enjoy. This is the kind of thing that will keep your solar panels busy and your wallet happy. Of course, that depends on whether you have a solar energy system on your Antioch home.

If you don’t have a solar energy system, maybe you should consider getting one.

If you need any additional incentive, consider that you still have access to Federal Solar Tax Credits that you can use to defer 26 percent of the cost of your solar energy system against your 2020 taxes. If you wait until next year, that figure drops to 22 percent. Additionally, those having a solar energy system installed on their home can recoup 30-40% of the total cost from state incentives.

To summarize: now is a good time to have a solar energy system installed on your Antioch roof because:

  • Federal and state programs designed to reduce the costs of installation
  • You can reduce your utility bills
  • Reduce your dependence on the utility companies
  • Take advantage when daylight’s burning


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Solar installations reach new high; the water is fine for those thinking about jumping in

Solar panels on this roof are an example of how solar installations have reached a new high.
Opportunities for those considering solar installations are reaching new highs.
If you’re thinking about solar, the water is fine.

Residential solar installations reached a record high of 712 megawatts in the third quarter of 2019 while overall solar photovoltaics installations reached 2.6 gigawatts in the U.S. during that period, according to a report from U.S. Solar Market Insight – Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). That brings the total U.S. solar capacity to 71.3 gigawatts.

Clearly, there are people who believe the time is ripe for ‘going solar.’ No doubt, some of these people are among your neighbors.

The attraction of installing a solar energy system on your home or office is obvious; you’ll save on energy costs while reducing your dependency on the umbilical cord with Big Energy providers. The additional benefit is the sense that, while garnering personal economic benefits, you’re sharing ecological benefits.

Some of the financial benefits are available when you make the decision to install a solar energy system on your home or office. There are state and federal tax incentives grants designed to inspire more and more people to ‘go solar.’

Solar incentives can cover 40- to 70-percent of the cost of installations. With Solar Renewable Energy Credits, you even have the opportunity to earn credits for electricity based on solar energy your panels create but that you don’t use.

The point is that this information isn’t lost on others who have made the leap to ‘solar.’ The same benefits are also available to you.

Does your Vernon Hills solar energy production shut down for winter? Hardly

Solar panels on Vernon Hills homes will produce energy all through the winter.
It’s comforting to know that he solar energy system on your Vernon Hills roof continues producing electricity even in the winter.

All summer long, the solar panels on your Vernon Hills roof pumped out electricity as you scoffed at the utility company and its costly electric bills. But now, with winter setting in, they’ll have the last laugh of 2019. After all, solar panels don’t work in winter, right?

Wrong! Solar panels do work in winter.

Common logic goes something like this: the sun is hot and the sun’s heat, therefore, plays a role in solar energy production. This thinking goes further in suggesting that snow will impede energy production up on the roof.

The truth is that only one aspect of winter has the greatest impact on solar energy production – shorter days. In Vernon Hills, winter daylight is just not what it was in summer.

On June 20, 2019, the longest daylight of the year, the sun rose at 5:15 a.m. and set at 8:32 p.m. That means that sun was ‘up’ for 15 hours and 17 minutes. On Dec. 20, 2019, the shortest stretch of sunlight this year, the sun will rise at 7:17 a.m. and set at 4:22 p.m. That’s only 9 hours and 5 minutes of sunlight. The difference is 6 hours and 12 minutes. In the days between, the difference fades.

There’s no question that shorter durations of sunlight will reduce the production of electricity from a solar panel array on the roof. But, during those hours of sunlight, even in winter, the solar energy system is still doing its job.

Do the cold and snow reduce solar energy production?

Surprisingly, a drop in temperature doesn’t negatively effect solar energy production. In fact, colder temperatures can improve solar energy production.

If a solar panel is covered in snow, the snow will largely block solar production. But keep in mind that, as it warms, snow will generally slide off the flat surface of a solar array. And when the solar panels are not covered with snow, surrounding snow reflects the UV rays with the potential to amplify the sun’s effects on a solar energy system.

Not to sugar-coat the situation, yes, solar energy production will drop in the winter. But the drop is not as precipitous as you might expect. Your Vernon Hills solar energy production will continue all year round.

Use SRECs to reap the greatest benefits from solar energy systems

Unleash your solar energy system’s full potential by putting your SRECs to work for you.

Adding a solar energy system to your home is a great way to clip the leash that ties you inexorably to the utility company that sells you electricity. With solar panels on the roof, you’re capturing the UV rays of the sun and converting them to electricity. It’s very much as though you have your own energy plant sitting on the roof of your home or office, or even in the backyard. But there are options in how you’ll reap the financial rewards of your solar energy system.

You can have a solar energy system installed, use the electricity generated by the solar panels and take advantage of NET Metering. NET Metering is where the utility has to provide credits for energy your panels produce but that you don’t use. Then, on days or nights when your panels don’t produce enough electricity, you can take advantage of your credits to cover the cost of electricity you use from the utility’s grid.

Illinois Shines is a program that illuminates another option for financial benefits of solar

It’s called Illinois Shines and it’s an Adjustable Block Program designed to help the state reach its goal of producing 25 percent of its energy through renewable sources by the year 2025. In particular, it reduces the consumer’s costs of installing a solar energy system through payments in exchange for their Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).

As an incentive to ‘go solar,’ Illinois Shines allows a homeowner to sell their SRECs to the utility company over a 15-year period. The utility is obligated to purchase the SRECs in support of renewable energy.

An approved vendor submits your PV (photovoltaic) system to the Illinois Power Agency for inclusion in the program. The contractor installing your solar energy system is required to provide an Illinois Shines Brochure and a Standard Disclosure Form that includes information about the installation process, estimated costs and potential savings, and contact information related to the Illinois Shines program.

A homeowner can keep their SRECs or sell them to someone else. However, Illinois Shines increases the likelihood that a homeowner will save more money with their solar energy system.

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