Clean Energy, Bright Future

It’s never been easier to go solar in Illinois. Whether you want to add panels to your home or business, or you want to join your community and share solar credits, there are clean and affordable opportunities for everyone.

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Is solar right for me?

The solar calculator’s personalized evaluation gives you meaningful results. It takes into account the shape and condition of your roof, your historical usage, real rates, and even the tax credits and rebates that are available in your area. Try the solar calculator


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Solar works in Illinois

Find out if your location is right for solar. Enter your address and the size, shape, angle and condition of your roof are evaluated. Sun exposure and tree coverage are factored in. It’ll even tell you how many panels are needed. Check your location

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I love this calculator! It's helpful to see how my investment in solar energy can reduce my bill each month. - Jenn from Oakbrook, IL.

Calculate and compare

Solar may be more affordable than you think. View the estimates for your configuration along with potential tax credits and rebates for your area. Examine your payback period and your projected long-term savings. See your investment shine

It's easy to be green

Going solar can not only offset a portion of your electrical bill, it can have a positive impact on the environment. Based on your recommended configuration, the evaluation will show you the pounds of carbon dioxide that can be eliminated—each and every year! Estimate your impact

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Is solar right for me?

The solar calculator’s personalized evaluation gives you meaningful results. It takes into account the shape and condition of your roof, your historical usage, real rates, and even the tax credits and rebates that are available in your area.

Try the solar calculator

Watch Video

Solar works in Illinois

Find out if your location is right for solar. Enter your address and the size, shape, angle and condition of your roof are evaluated. Sun exposure and tree coverage are factored in. It’ll even tell you how many panels are needed.

Check your location

Calculate and compare

Solar may be more affordable than you think. View the estimates for your configuration along with potential tax credits and rebates for your area. Examine your payback period and your projected long-term savings.

See your investment shine

I love this calculator! It's helpful to see how my investment in solar energy can reduce my bill each month. - Jenn from Oakbrook, IL.
image of phone

It's easy to be green

Going solar can not only offset a portion of your electrical bill, it can have a positive impact on the environment. Based on your recommended configuration, the evaluation will show you the pounds of carbon dioxide that can be eliminated—each and every year!

Estimate your impact

Harness energy from the sun

The sun is the most plentiful source of clean, renewable energy. Harness that energy and you can power anything at your home or business—even your electric vehicle.

Solar is simple. Produce electricity and power your home. Get credit for the extra, and purchase more when you need more.
Put solar to work. Produce electricity and power your business. Get credit for the extra, and purchase more when you need more.
Share the benefits. Solar panels produce electricity, generating credits. Use those credits to offset a portion of your electric bill.

Solar is simple. Produce electricity and power your home. Get credit for the extra, and purchase more when you need more.

 

Solar Panels

Also known as Solar PV, solar panels are installed outside — typically on the roof — and convert sunlight into electricity.

 

Usage

Electricity from solar is no different than electricity delivered by your local utility. Your lights and appliances work the same.

 

Meter

Your meter measures the amount of power you take from the grid as well as the excess power you give back.

 

Utility Grid

You are still connected to the utility grid, the network of power lines that provide electricity.

Put solar to work. Produce electricity and power your business. Get credit for the extra, and purchase more when you need more.

 

Solar Panels

Also known as Solar PV, solar panels are installed outside — typically on the roof — and convert sunlight into electricity.

 

Usage

Solar panels offset a portion of the electricity you use. Reducing your use can help maximize your solar investment.

 

Meter

Your meter measures the amount of power you take from the grid as well as the excess power you give back.

 

Utility Grid

You are still connected to the utility grid, the network of power lines that provide electricity.

Share the benefits. Solar panels produce electricity, generating credits. Use those credits to offset a portion of your electric bill.

 

Solar Panels

Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. This electricity is then fed to the utility grid, generating credits.

 

Utility Grid

The grid is the network of power lines that provide electricity to homes and businesses. The solar system delivers electricity to the grid, and you use electricity from the grid.

 

Meter

Your meter measures the amount of power you take from the grid. No changes are needed to your home or business to participate in community solar.

 

Usage

A portion of your bill is offset with credits from your community solar. Reducing your usage can help maximize your solar credit.

Consider your solar options

If your property's roof has open space, and you're able to make the investment, a rooftop solar energy system may be right for you. If you are not able to install panels, community solar can still give you the benefits of clean, renewable solar energy.

Home & Business Community
I own the panels and equipment, and they are located on my property Yes
I rent, I live in a condo, or I have a hoa that limits property changes Yes
I want to take advantage of rebates and/or tax credits Yes
I want little or no up-front cost Yes
My building is connected to and receives electricity from the grid Yes Yes
I receive a monthly bill from ComEd Yes Yes

Step-by-step solar process

Get an overview of the solar process from start to finish. The tools at each step help make the process easy.

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Research Solar

Find out your property's solar potential based on rooftop characteristics and electricity use. Next, research and hire a contractor.

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Apply to Connect

Work with your contractor to submit an interconnection application, requesting that your solar equipment be connected to ComEd's smart grid. Then, track your project status.

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Install & Operate

Once your interconnection application has been approved, have your contractor install your solar equipment and obtain final Permission to Operate from ComEd. Then, start generating energy and enjoy the benefits!

Track your project

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Enjoy the Benefits

Receive net metering credits from ComEd when your solar energy system produces more energy than you consume (up to 110% of your historical usage). You also may be eligible for other solar credits, as detailed on your Solar Calculator report.

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FAQs

Take a closer look at common questions about going solar.

Does solar work in Illinois?

Yes, solar works in Illinois! Illinois may not be the sunniest state, but there's plenty of sunlight to power solar energy.

Will my home or business be connected to the grid?

Yes, 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.

Do I receive an energy bill?

Yes, 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.

How much does it cost to go solar?

Launch our solar calculator to learn about estimated costs and savings, personalized for your location.

Can I use solar energy without installing a solar energy system?

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.

Is community solar already available?

Developers and contractors are starting to plan solar farms in Illinois, which will allow residents and businesses to subscribe to this clean energy. Sign up to be notified as community solar options become available.

Let’s get started!

Head to the calculator to find solar options that best match your property. Estimate your costs and compare the savings.


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