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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
  • Get Federal Tax Credits & Illinois Solar Rebates
  • 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.

Can Solar Panels Withstand Hail Storms?

Yes! Properly installed solar panels are much more resilient than people imagine. Just because they’re thin and reflective like glass doesn’t mean they are fragile. In fact, many solar panel owners report extensive damage to the rest of their home, cars, and property, while their solar panel system stays undamaged. The angle and direction the panels are installed facing make the biggest difference regarding their vulnerability during a hail storm, and like the rest of your property they can be insured against hail damage.

How much do solar panels cost?

When it comes to the all-in price of installing solar panels, several factors can have an impact. Some of the most common factors that affect the pricing of solar panel installation are the type of solar panels you’re using, the number of solar panels you’re installing, your roof type, and interconnection costs. You can learn more about solar panel costs in this resource.

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 Snow and Ice Damage Solar Panels?

Snow and Ice are rarely an issue for a properly installed and maintained solar panel system. Solar panels generate a good amount of heat through their operation and will usually melt any snowfall or ice accumulation. Solar panels are also almost always installed at an angle so snow and ice will generally slide right off. If your panels become entirely blocked by snow or ice, however, they will not generate power, the same as with any other debris that might cover your panels.

How big are solar panels?

Residential solar panels are typically 65 inches by 39 inches or 3.25 feet by 5.4 feet, although there are some variations among manufacturers. Each panel will also weigh about 40 pounds on average.

What is the best way to clean solar panels?

In most cases, your solar panels will get a good cleaning every time it rains. However, if you’re in an area that doesn’t get rain very often, you can use a garden hose, a large sponge, and mild dish soap to clean your solar panels. Never use harsh chemicals, pressure washers, or any abrasives that might scratch the surface of your panels. Many solar panel installation companies will also offer inexpensive panel cleaning and maintenance.

What are solar panels made of?

Solar panels are made from a wide range of materials and chemicals that each contribute to the conversion of solar light into usable electricity. The main component in any solar panel are crystalline silicon wafers. These wafers are semiconductors that are able to generate electricity from sunlight in a process known as the photovoltaic effect.  In addition, solar panels use glass, wires, metal components, and batteries in order to fully convert and store the sunlight as usable energy for your home.

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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