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Consumer Reports: “Now is a good time to consider solar.”

consumer reports solar articleConsumer Reports just released an excellent article on solar power called “Shedding Light on Solar Power.”

Those who want to wait on the sidelines for further price reductions could be disappointed: The cost of solar panels has started to plateau and, while installation labor and other soft costs continue to fall, the phasing out of state tax incentives and utility rebates and grants has largely offset those savings.

When Consumer Reports says it, people listen! We have seen an increase in interest in solar after the publication of this article. We are happy to provide you with a free quote so you too can take advantage of the incredible savings and benefits of solar as well! Fill out our contact form at aileysolarelectric.com/contact or call us at (773)492-1294 or email us at info@aileysolar.com.

Thank you!
The Ailey Solar Team


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We’re Hiring!

Category : Uncategorized

Sales Representative

We are hiring sales representatives to help us manage the volume of interest we receive. Join our team and help us in our goal to get as much solar on roofs as possible!

Responsibilities include:

  • Sales calls
  • Processing quotes
  • Task management (including using online tools such as wrike.com)
  • Gathering permit documents
  • Social media management
  • Ordering equipment

Required Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with PCs
  • Attention to detail/Organized
  • Time management
  • Promptly getting back to customers
  • Comfortable selling larger priced items
  • Confident on sales calls
  • Always respectful of the customers

Preferred :

  • Some knowledge of Excel, Word, PDF Editors
  • Experience using Google Docs
  • 1+ years of sales experience
  • Familiarity with social media (Twitter, Facebook, WordPress)

Email resume to info@aileysolar.com

Installer

We are looking to hire additional installers immediately. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, hardworking and reliable employees.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work on steep/high altitude conditions (roofs)
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions (heat, rain)
  • Flexible team player
  • Respectful and professional manner
  • Punctual
  • Attention to detail
  • Must pass a full criminal background check, drug screen, and possess good driving record
  • Ability to lift minimum 60 lb

Preferred:

  • Previous  1+ year in solar installation
  • NABCEP qualified
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Construction experience
  • Electrical experience

Email resume to info@aileysolar.com


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Help Create Clean Jobs!

See our Ailey Solar team in action at the 1:57 and 2:25 time marks in the video!

Take a moment today to help Illinois create 32,000 clean jobs per year! HB2607/SB1485 (or the Illinois Clean Jobs Act) is a bi-partisan bill, supported by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, that was recently introduced by state lawmakers in Springfield.

The Illinois Clean Jobs Act:

  • Increases energy efficiency standards to 20 percent by 2025— a 50 percent increase in savings compared to what would otherwise occur based on current policies,
  • Raises the amount of energy generated by renewable sources, like wind and solar, to 35 percent by 2030, up from the current standard of 25 percent by 2025, and
  • Creates a market-based strategy aimed at reducing the amount of carbon pollution emitted by Illinois power plants, helping meet new standards recently announced by the U.S. EPA.

Our friends at the Illinois Environmental Council have made an easy way to send a message to your representative in Springfield (either a thanks for already co-sponsoring or urging them to do so). They also have a quick link on their website to look up your local legislators and their current position on the bill.

Thank you and keep an eye out for our hard-working team in the video!


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Report: Solar Could Add $15,000 to Your Home Value

Citing an article from Daily Finance, solar panels could add a significant value to your home.

“In a study of home sales in eight states between 1999 and

Image courtesy of Ross Chandler

2013, the Berkeley Lab found that a solar power system was worth about $15,000 to home buyers, or about $4 per watt. That’s a significant addition in value[.]… Just remember that solar panels could save you money every month and add value to your home, but owning the system may have the most impact and make your home even more attractive to potential buyers.”

With the increase in environmentally conscious buyers, adding a solar system to a home is also a great option for builders looking to sell an eco-friendly building.

When you purchase a solar system, the study in this article and others show on average you will make your investment back if you were to sell your home.  Ailey Solar has partnered with Admiral’s Bank to offer third-party financing options that we are happy to discuss with you.


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Ailey Solar featured at #ChiGreenFest – @GreenFestival – Join us!

Category : Events

October 24-26 at Navy Pier

This will be Ailey Solar’s first year exhibiting at the Green Festival, so we come to the festival to see us and some wonderful booths and presentations. Our booth (#724) located directly across the food court on the east side.

For more information about the festival, please visit http://greenfestivals.org/chi

Thank you and we hope to see you at the festival!
Everyone at Ailey Solar: Jack, Dorian, Vianey, Alejandra, Gustavo, Emmet, Joe, and Matthew


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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.

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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

Registration

“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!


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