Category Archives: Solar Trends

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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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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!


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Ailey Solar Installation, June 2013

Chronicle: Solar panels seen as boost to homes’ resale value

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Ailey Solar Installation, June 2013

Ailey Solar Installation, June 2013, Oak Park, IL

Great news for people that choose solar: another study shows adding solar to a home significantly boosts its resale value.  The San Francisco Chronicle:

In California at least, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for solar.

A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that houses with rooftop solar panels sell for higher prices than comparable non-solar homes.

In general, that premium more than covers the cost of the panels themselves, with homeowners making a small profit on their solar investment. Bigger solar arrays fetch higher premiums than smaller ones.

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Deutsche Bank: “US Solar Growth Is Going To Explode”

Category : Solar Trends

solar outlookAs reported by Business Insider, analysts at Deutsche Bank predict that in the next three years solar will balloon from 10GW in 2012 to 50GW in 2016. This is just the latest news in a drumbeat of business, academic and government analysis that the dropping price of solar is leading to its explosion in adoption.  Business Insider also writes: “if current rates hold, there will be one new solar installation built in the U.S. every 83 seconds by 2016


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Forbes: Solar Costs Continue To Fall

Category : Solar Trends

From LBNL

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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