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Solar: A Clean Energy Solution

​​As one of our greatest renewable energy sources, solar is part of ComEd’s commitment to a clean energy future. If you’re interested in solar energy, here are a few things to keep in mind.

ComEd Energy 101: Solar PV Audio Transcript

The Power of the Sun

A solar energy system, or solar PV system (photovoltaic system), uses individual solar cells on a solar panel to capture sunlight and convert it into energy. Modern technology can harness solar energy for a variety of uses, including lights and appliances, electronics and business equipment – even electric cars.

Benefits of Going Solar

With access to clean energy choices like solar, you can help the planet by reducing your dependence on fossil fuels.

  • Solar is the most abundantly available energy supply
  • Solar energy helps reduce global warming by reducing greenhouse gases
  • Solar energy produces zero emissions

Solar Facts

  • Solar works in Illinois! Illinois may not be the sunniest state, but there’s plenty of sunlight to power solar energy.
  • Being connected to the smart grid is important. Connecting to the smart grid will keep power flowing to you when your private solar energy system doesn't produce all the energy you need.
  • You will still receive an energy bill. ComEd will still deliver energy to you when needed. Your energy bill reflects the energy delivered, and the credits you receive when your private solar energy systems produces more energy than you need.
  • ComEd helps enable energy choices for all customers. Renters or owners of multi-family dwellings can access the benefits of solar energy with community solar—a large scale system that is owned and maintained by a third party and is not located at your property.

Solar for Your Home

To help make solar a reality for your home, we are developing a simple solar adoption process. Consider a solar option that best fits your home and lifestyle.


Solar for Your Business

To support your choice of solar for your business, we are developing a new solar rebate program that is expected to be available by the end of 2018. Designed to reduce up-front installation costs, solar rebates of $250/kW will be made available to business customers who have adopted solar prior to June 1st, 2017.

This rebate will also be available to customers who adopt solar and use a smart inverter on or after June 1st, 2017. A smart inverter converts direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity to power your ​business. This device can also communicate with ComEd to automatically help support the grid when needed.


What You Need to Know

When you’re ready for a private solar system, there are many things to consider. There are a number of variables that would determine your cost to install solar and the amount of energy your panels might produce, including the size of your home or business, tree cover and size, shape and slope of the rooftop. A certified solar installer would be able to answer your questions.

Savings will depend on how much energy you use compared to how much energy your system produces. You will always be connected to the grid – so if the sun isn’t shining, you’ll have the power you need.

Net Metering and Private Solar Credits

With a private solar credit program like Net Metering, you are charged only for the net amount of energy you use during each billing period (i.e., the amount of energy we deliver to you minus the excess amount you send back to the grid). And, if you send more energy to the grid than we deliver, you can receive credits on your bill. This program allows you to make full use of your own private solar system, giving you more control over your energy costs.


​Solar Resources
Renewable Energy 101
Net Metering
Frequently Asked Questions
Solar Contractors (ICC Website)
Future Energy Jobs Act Website
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