Help Create Clean Jobs!

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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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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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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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