Why Go Solar?
Benefits of Solar:
Gain your energy independence by installing your own solar system. Electricity has gone up by 4% on average over the last 5 years. Protect yourself from rising costs. Every dollar you spend on your electric bill until your system is installed is a 100% loss of money.
- Reduce your electric bill – Experience immediate savings
- Reduce your carbon footprint, help save the planet
- Inexhaustible energy supply
- Increase your home value when you purchase solar panels. (NOTE: Solar can add 10-15% equity to your home or business building. This added value is estimated from your predicted electrical savings over the next 25 years.)
- Fast return on investment
- Battery backups mean you never go without power
Reduce Your Electric Bill
Every business and resident in Illinois needs power to survive and grow. The utility companies understand that and take advantage of your dependence.
Traditionally, most think that you have to count on the major utility companies to provide you that power and charge you whatever they want. That mindset is what the pollutant utility companies count on when you get your bill each and every month.
Since this is all you know, you are forced to pay the ever-increasing electrical costs while harming the earth at the same time.
Iconic Energy, your trusted solar professional puts the control back in your hands and gives you the opportunity to reduce your electric bill by creating your very own clean energy.
More questions about going solar? Scroll down to learn more, or visit our Solar Frequently Asked Questions page.
How Does Solar Power Work?
- Solar panels collect sunlight and turn it into solar electricity. When the sunlight hits the solar panel array, the panels produce direct current (DC) electricity.
- That power is sent to your DC-AC inverter. The inverter converts the power from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). AC power is what powers your home.
- This AC power is used just like normal to power your home at that moment. This can include your appliances, electronics, and anything that uses electricity.
- Any extra power that you do not use travels back through the bi-directional meter to the power grid. You get energy credits for this extra power that can be used at a different time. (For example, at night when your panels are not producing electricity.)
If you’re interested in a more scientific explanation of how solar panel cells convert sunlight into energy, check out this article about how solar panels produce electricity.
Where Can Solar Panels be Installed?
Solar panels can be installed on almost any type of roof surface, using a variety of roof systems. Some of these roof surfaces include: shingles, metal, flat (using a non-penetrating system), standing seam, TPO, tar, ceramic tile and gravel.
There are also a variety of ground mount solar systems available. These free standing systems offer added convenience. Applications include ballasted systems, solar carports, and post driven systems.