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What Are SRECs?

by Ryan Davis, on Dec 3, 2019 1:55:49 PM

Lower solar energy cost with Illinois incentives

If you’re in Decatur, you may have considered adding solar panels to your home. But the potential cost of a new panel installation might be holding you back. Thankfully, Illinois has a host of programs that will help you lower your solar energy cost. If you don’t know about the SREC program yet, this is the blog for you. Here, we’ll explain how and why you should get excited about the credit program that can help you afford a solar panel installation. Ready to learn more? Keep reading.

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What Are SRECs?

SREC stands for Solar Renewable Energy Certificate. It's a program deployed by the state of Illinois to help you switch to solar energy. The cost of a solar panel installation can seem daunting, but through the various state and federal programs (including SREC), it may be possible to pay less each month than you do for your current energy bill.

SRECs are credits earned for every 1000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy produced by your system. You can sell those credits back to the government and use the money to help reduce the cost of your installation.

They’re part of a statewide initiative called Renewable Portfolio Standards. RPS programs are helping states switch to renewable sources of energy by providing regulation on how much renewable energy those state will produce, and a hard deadline to achieve the goal. In the case of Illinois, RPS requires the state to operate on 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. 

You can help! Because it’s a challenge to change the infrastructure, the state is relying on residents to help make it possible. SRECs help the state achieve its goals while paying you back for the energy your home produces. It’s a win/win -- and you’ll get to enjoy more benefits of living in an area powered in part by renewable energy.

How to Benefit From SREC

The first step to benefitting from the SREC program is to see if solar is right for you. At Summit Solar, we use advanced software to determine how much sunlight your property receives, and whether or not it’s possible to achieve 100 percent solar energy.

Our expert analysis will give you an accurate estimate of the cost of adding panels to your home, so you won’t have to worry about surprise fees. And if solar isn’t right for you, we won’t pressure you into buying a system from us.

At Summit Solar, we believe that solar shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. We want you to enjoy the full benefit of going solar. If we can’t make that happen for you, we won’t waste your time.

Ready to find out if solar is right for you? Click here or give us a call at 864-250-0026 today!

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