DNAinfo: Public Seminar about Solar Chicago program

Casey Cora at DNAinfo recently wrote an article about an upcoming informational seminar about the Solar Chicago program to city and suburban residents. Solar Chicago aims to provide the most affordable option in Chicago (and nearby suburbs) for installing solar panels on residential homes.

 Date: September 3rd, 2014                                                                                      Time: 6:30 PM                                                                                                          Location: McKinley Park Library                                                                            1915 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609                                                                         Cost: Free

To read more about the article, please follow this link.

For our previous post regarding the Solar Chicago program and our involvement, please refer to this link.



Solar Chicago | 25% Below Market Rates

We are excited to announce that we have recently partnered with Solar Chicago, the City of Chicago and Vote Solar initiative to bring affordable solar to the Chicago area! After a competitive bidding process, Ailey Solar, Juhl Renewable Energy Systems, Microgrid Solar, and Kapital Electric were selected by the committee as contractors for the program. This program is designed to provide you with the cheapest installation costs, coming in at 25% below market rates.

You still have a chance to express interest in the program (without obligation) until September 30th. We highly encourage all Chicagoland residents thinking about solar to apply. If you choose to participate in the program, there is a likely chance that Ailey Solar will be installing your system, though initial contact would be through a different company, such as Juhl Renewable Energy Systems or Microgrid Solar. If you would not like to participate in the program and go through us directly, we would still be happy to work with you, though program rates would be lower due to the grant funding of Solar Chicago.

To express interest in the Solar Chicago program, please register at                                                     http://www.mygroupenergy.com/group/solarchicago.

For more information about the program, here is a Chicago Tribune article written about Solar Chicago from last month. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-rooftop-solar-discount-program-20140709-story.html
Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

ComEd Prices Increasing – Not for Solar Customers!

The Chicago Tribune notes ComEd is getting ready to increase prices again just in time for the summer.  Now would be the perfect time to switch to solar.  Choosing solar means no longer having to worry about price increases for your solar usage while you produce your own clean energy from your roof!

From the article:

Image courtesy of Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

“Starting June 1, Commonwealth Edison customers on average will see monthly bills jump 21 percent, to about $82 a month from about $69 a month.

City residents and others who have switched to competing suppliers won’t escape the higher prices because the cost of all electric power is higher.

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Save Solar in Illinois! Solar Lobby Day April 30!

Image Courtesy of Terry Farmer Photography
April 30th, 2014
8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Springfield, IL


“The Illinois solar industry is banding together to educate our legislators on the importance of fixing our state Renewable Portfolio Standard.
 When the RPS is functioning as originally intended, it will provide the funding and stability necessary for the development of local renewable energy, and generate a positive market resulting in new businesses and jobs in Illinois.
 ISEA team leaders will serve as guides and spokespeople.  Your presence is necessary to ensure that lawmakers understand the impact this issue has on you, your business, family and future. “

Please consider joining us in making the trek down to Springfield to support the  development of thousands of jobs and affordable renewable energy.

Let us know if you are able to come and we will try to make arrangements to meet up with you. We hope to see you there!

EcoWatch: U.S. Solar Industry Had Record-Shattering Year in 2013

We had a great 2013 here at Ailey Solar thanks to all of our wonderful friends and customers! EcoWatch.com published an article noting the incredible progress that solar industry has made over the past year.

Image courtesy of ecowatch.com
Image courtesy of ecowatch.com

{…} Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, generating enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to power more than 2.2 million homes—and we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of our industry’s enormous potential. Last year alone, solar created tens of thousands of new American jobs and pumped tens of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. In fact, more solar has been installed in the U.S. in the last 18 months than in the 30 previous years combined. That’s a remarkable record of achievement.

Looking forward to an even better 2014!

Ever considered solar? Now is the time – three weeks left for the IL 25% rebate.

Now is the time for Solar!

State incentives for 2013/14 installations close in 3 weeks.

Ailey Solar installation in Oak Park, IL

Hello from Dorian Breuer and Jack Ailey. We have teamed up to install solar electric systems in the Chicago area.

The application window to apply for an Illinois rebate to offset 25% of the cost is closing at the end of October. Thus if you want to put in solar in the next year, you should get the application for the rebate in right away. Contact us today for a free evaluation and quote!

Why Solar?

It’s good for the planet.

Global warming has already caused serious damage both here in the U.S. and around the world. We need to move away from burning fossil fuels as rapidly as possible. Getting some or all of your electric power from the sun is a great way to help. Illinois has plenty of sun and plenty of good roofs. We could get a lot of our energy from the sun.

It will save you money.

Electric rates are inevitably going to go up. By installing a solar electric system you are buying your electricity for the next 25 years in advance. In a few years you will have made back the cost of installation.  For the rest of the life of the system, you will get free electricity. Furthermore, you can get 30% of the cost of the system back as a federal income tax credit and the window of opportunity to get another 25% of the cost back from the state of Illinois is now open.

Why Now?

Installation prices have come down.

The prices of photovoltaic modules have dropped dramatically in last couple of years. In addition, solar system costs are at historic lows. Some municipalities have also reduced the permitting costs.

The incentive programs will not last forever.

The federal tax credit will expire in 2016 and the Illinois rebate program in 2015 unless the political will exists to extend these rebate programs.

Why Ailey Solar?

Commitment to affordable prices.

We really want to see a lot of solar electric systems installed in Illinois. We are fighting hard to keep our costs as low as possible.

Commitment to industry best practices.

Ailey Solar installation in Chicago, ILWe follow best practices regardless of whether they are technically required by code. We make sure that our installations will give you the maximum electrical production and maximum safety. For example, we include a full grounding system to help protect your system against lightning strikes regardless of whether the code requires it. We also prefer to add a little space between the roof and the solar panels to get more air cooling to help the system operate more efficiently.

Look Into Solar Today!

If you a have a house with a roof facing south that is not blocked by trees or high buildings then you are an excellent candidate for solar!

 Contact us today for a free evaluation and quote!

Thanks! Jack and Dorian

(773) 245-3912 | aileysolar.com | info@aileysolar.com

Forbes: Solar Costs Continue To Fall


Citing a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Forbes explains that Solar PV’s costs have continued their historic price drop in 2012.

Costs continue to fall at a healthy clip, with the most recent year-over-year declines of 14% for systems less than 10 kilowatts (kW), […] Median installed prices were $5.3 [per Watt] […] LBNL attributes these declining U.S. prices mainly to falling module prices, which accounted for 80% of the total price drop.

Interestingly we have found that even in Illinois we can beat that median installed price.

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