EcoWatch: U.S. Solar Industry Had Record-Shattering Year in 2013

We had a great 2013 here at Ailey Solar thanks to all of our wonderful friends and customers! published an article noting the incredible progress that solar industry has made over the past year.

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{…} Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, generating enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to power more than 2.2 million homes—and we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of our industry’s enormous potential. Last year alone, solar created tens of thousands of new American jobs and pumped tens of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. In fact, more solar has been installed in the U.S. in the last 18 months than in the 30 previous years combined. That’s a remarkable record of achievement.

Looking forward to an even better 2014!

Ever considered solar? Now is the time – three weeks left for the IL 25% rebate.

Now is the time for Solar!

State incentives for 2013/14 installations closes in 3 weeks.

Ailey Solar installation in Oak Park, IL

Hello from Dorian Breuer and Jack Ailey. We have teamed up to install solar electric systems in the Chicago area.

The application window to apply for an Illinois rebate to offset 25% of the cost is closing at the end of October. Thus if you want to put in solar in the next year, you should get the application for the rebate in right away. Contact us today for a free evaluation and quote!

Why Solar?

It’s good for the planet.

Global warming has already caused serious damage both here in the U.S. and around the world. We need to move away from burning fossil fuels as rapidly as possible. Getting some or all of your electric power from the sun is a great way to help. Illinois has plenty of sun and plenty of good roofs. We could get a lot of our energy from the sun.

It will save you money.

Electric rates are inevitably going to go up. By installing a solar electric system you are buying your electricity for the next 25 years in advance. In a few years you will have made back the cost of installation.  For the rest of the life of the system, you will get free electricity. Furthermore, you can get 30% of the cost of the system back as a federal income tax credit and the window of opportunity to get another 25% of the cost back from the state of Illinois is now open.

Why Now?

Installation prices have come down.

The prices of photovoltaic modules have dropped dramatically in last couple of years. In addition, solar system costs are at historic lows. Some municipalities have also reduced the permitting costs.

The incentive programs will not last forever.

The federal tax credit will expire in 2016 and the Illinois rebate program in 2015 unless the political will exists to extend these rebate programs.

Why Ailey Solar?

Commitment to affordable prices.

We really want to see a lot of solar electric systems installed in Illinois. We are fighting hard to keep our costs as low as possible.

Commitment to industry best practices.

Ailey Solar installation in Chicago, ILWe follow best practices regardless of whether they are technically required by code. We make sure that our installations will give you the maximum electrical production and maximum safety. For example, we include a full grounding system to help protect your system against lightning strikes regardless of whether the code requires it. We also prefer to add a little space between the roof and the solar panels to get more air cooling to help the system operate more efficiently.

Look Into Solar Today!

If you a have a house with a roof facing south that is not blocked by trees or high buildings then you are an excellent candidate for solar!

 Contact us today for a free evaluation and quote!


Thanks! Jack and Dorian

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Forbes: Solar Costs Continue To Fall


Citing a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Forbes explains that Solar PV’s costs have continued their historic price drop in 2012.

Costs continue to fall at a healthy clip, with the most recent year-over-year declines of 14% for systems less than 10 kilowatts (kW), [...] Median installed prices were $5.3 [per Watt] [...] LBNL attributes these declining U.S. prices mainly to falling module prices, which accounted for 80% of the total price drop.

Interestingly we have found that even in Illinois we can beat that median installed price.

Get Your Electricity from the Sun!

The Chicago area has plenty of sun. Many homeowners have locations where they can install photovoltaic (solar) panels to produce some of their electricity from the sun. This will help protect you from rising electric prices. It will also help the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact me at or (773) 245-3912 to evaluate your property for installing a solar electric system.

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