Solar Panels In Illinois

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In Illinois

The average price per watt for solar panels will vary from city to city in Illinois. The below pricing represents a range of costs based on an average price per watt of $2.88.

System Size Avg. Cost Per Watt Low-End Price Average Price High-End Price
6 kWs $2.88 $12,960.00 $17,280.00 $21,600.00
8 kWs $2.88 $17,280.00 $23,040.00 $28,800.00
10 kWs $2.88 $21,600.00 $28,800.00 $36,000.00
12 kWs $2.88 $25,920.00 $34,560.00 $43,200.00
14 kWs $2.88 $30,240.00 $40,320.00 $50,400.00
16 kWs $2.88 $34,560.00 $46,080.00 $57,600.00

Bare in mind, the estimated prices you see above are based on the average cost per watt in Illinois. The average price per watt in your city might be a little higher or lower depending on your city or county.

Solar Panel Rebates In Illinois

Did you know there are at least 66 solar panel rebates available in Illinois. This means that in addition to the 26% federal tax credit, you can save even more with Illinois solar rebates. Click below to view all of the solar rebates you can apply for.

  • At Least 66 Solar Rebates
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  • Save Thousands Of Dollars On Solar Panels In Illinois
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Illinois Solar Panels By City

Cities In Illinois Where Solar Is Booming

Homeowners around the State of Illinois are eliminating their energy bills, improving the value of their homes, and making Illinois a little more green. Check out some of the more popular cities for solar panels in Illinois below.

  • Aurora
    Sunlight kWh973.22406877665kWh
    % Qualified86.61%
    Med. kW Potential8.5kW
  • Bloomington
    Sunlight kWh1000.45kWh
    % Qualified79.93%
    Med. kW Potential11.25kW
  • Bolingbrook
    Sunlight kWh971.59938033697kWh
    % Qualified91.58%
    Med. kW Potential9.5kW
  • Chicago
    Sunlight kWh973.24997581246kWh
    % Qualified81.65%
    Med. kW Potential6.25kW
  • Joliet
    Sunlight kWh971.77529809652kWh
    % Qualified82.85%
    Med. kW Potential8.5kW
  • Naperville
    Sunlight kWh972.5794610712kWh
    % Qualified90.84%
    Med. kW Potential10.5kW
  • Orland Park
    Sunlight kWh973.24402595272kWh
    % Qualified93.84%
    Med. kW Potential12.75kW
  • Peoria
    Sunlight kWh1008.95kWh
    % Qualified70.88%
    Med. kW Potential8.5kW
  • Rockford
    Sunlight kWh974.95kWh
    % Qualified77.82%
    Med. kW Potential9kW
  • Springfield
    Sunlight kWh1030.2kWh
    % Qualified71.43%
    Med. kW Potential10kW
  • Waukegan
    Sunlight kWh986.85kWh
    % Qualified80.64%
    Med. kW Potential7.75kW

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions About Solar Panels In Illinois

Still have questions about getting solar panels installed at your home or property in Illinois? Browse some of our most common questions and answers below.

How efficient are solar panels?

Modern solar panels are usually about 15% to 18% efficient. This means that 15% to 18% of the sunlight they absorb gets turned into energy. The remaining sunlight is lost as heat, warming the solar panel casing. That being said there are a number of factors that can impact the overall efficiency such as the solar panel age, materials they’re made with, and average sun exposure.

How much energy does a solar panel produce?

Solar panels are typically going to be able to produce between 245 watts and 400 watts per hour. This means that if you live in a place that gets 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, a 300-watt solar panel will produce 1.8 kilowatt-hours and a 400-watt solar panel will produce 2.4 kilowatt-hours. Multiplied by 365, this adds up to about 650 kWh to 875 kWh per year.

Can Solar Panels Withstand Hurricanes?

When properly installed, especially in hurricane-prone areas like Florida, the strict installation regulations ensure that solar panel systems are as safe as the rest of your home and roof. In many circumstances, the added reinforcement actually helps the home and roof fare better in a hurricane than a home without solar panels. Of course, as in any natural disaster, anything can happen and there is no way to guarantee your solar panels won’t sustain damage or be ripped up along with the roof.

How Often Should Solar Panels Be Cleaned?

The simple answer is any time they become obstructed by too much debris or grime to work efficiently. How long that takes will depend on your location. If you live near a populated downtown, your panels will get covered in soot faster, but if you live in a rainy place, your panels may stay cleaner longer. As a general rule, it is best to clean and inspect your solar panels every 6 months, but you may find it makes sense to clean them more often and get full efficiency from your clean solar panels.

How many solar panels can I fit on my roof?

On average, you can fit about 25 to 28 solar panels for every 500 square feet of roof space. However, in some cases, homeowners will not be able to utilize the entire roof space due to shading or roof grade.

How much do solar panels weigh?

The average solar panel weighs about 40 pounds. This will add about 2.8 pounds per square foot to pitched roofs, and about 5 pounds per square foot for flat roofs.

How much does it cost to lease solar panels?

The cost to lease a solar panel system depends on many factors including your location, your credit, and the size of system you will need, but the average ranges from about $75 – $250 per month. The best way to find out is to speak to a solar panel installer in your area. Click here to start an online solar panel quote now.

Interesting Facts About Illinois

Illinois, also known as the Prairie State, has seen a population growth of –0.1% since 2010. As of 2020, the total population was 12,812,508. The percentage of homeownership in Illinois is a whopping 68.8%! This means that 68.8% of the 12,812,508 people in Illinois are potentially elligible to install solar panels at their home. Click here to find out if you're elligible for solar panels. Did you know that Illinois is the the home of The tallest building in the U.S., Sears Tower, in Chicago? it should come as no surprise that the state motto is "State sovereignty, national union".

The total area for Illinois is 55,518.93 square miles. When you factor in water area, it has an overall size of 57,913.55 square miles. The highest elevation in the State of Illinois is 1,235 feet and the lowest point is 279 making the average elevation 600 feet. With these elevations, solar panel installation is usually a breeze.

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