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
  • 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.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels, or solar photovoltaic panels, transform sunlight into usable energy by converting the light into an electric field that then flows into a conductive wire.  The conductive wire flows into the inverter which then transforms the electricity to an alternating current which can then be used to power a property.

You can read our full article about how solar panels work here.

How are solar panels made?

Solar panels are comprised of an array of solar cells (photovoltaic cells). These cells, made of silicon semiconductors, absorb sunlight to create electricity and then transfer the energy into the inverter. The cells are then networked together inside of a case along with some other components to create the panel. You can read more about how a solar panel is made in this article.

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 long do solar panels last?

Solar panels have a typical lifespan of 25 to 30 years. Once solar panels reach this point they begin to decline in efficiency. However, with recent advances in solar panel technology, it could make more sense to replace your solar panels in 10 years to maximize the improved efficiency.

How Is Solar Energy Produced?

When the photons in sunlight hit the atoms in your solar panel, electrons can be kicked loose. Solar panels are designed to collect these disassociated electrons and store them in a battery to power your home and electronics.

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 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.

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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