Island Lake Solar Panel Installation Articles

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Great solar screens with grids at awesome prices. I priced out the cost to do this every which way including buying the supplies and assembling the screens myself (I'm sure that would have gone great). This was not a big investment at all and works great.
- Ben R.
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We believe no construction project is error free end to end. What matters is how the contractor handles issues.
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was the only company willing to acknowledge this during the sales process. All other salesmen insisted they had never experienced any problems with any customers ever.
In short, we are satisfied with
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and we are glad we chose
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to be our solar installer. We would recommend this company to others. Although the end-to-end process was longer than outlined in the contract, time to complete the project, including permission to turn on, was still shorter (2.5 months) than most solar customers experience. With the exception of the electric panel upgrade, the workmanship was professional. We are evaluating this company to a "B" for promptness only because they were not able to meet the contract deadline. We believe early on in the process the ball was dropped and so there was a period of about 30 days where literally nothing happened primarily due to a couple of key persons being on vacation.
The subcontractor for the electric panel also handled digging a trench, stucco break/repair and concrete break/repair. During the process of digging the trench to pull new wire from SDGE's box, he nicked the gas line causing SDGE to turn off the gas until we could come home from work. The stucco repair and repaint was pretty sloppy – there is stucco and paint drips all over the new electric panel. Bottom line here, if we ever need to repaint our house, we won’t be hiring this electrician. But we have no issues with his electric workmanship.
The subcontractor for the roofing was professional and his workmanship is good. There was an issue that his workers nailed through an electric line so one portion of our house had no electricity for a time but that was promptly corrected. There was a couple of minor walk-through issues when he completed the job which was handled promptly same day as reported. Most important, the roofer contacted me after each issue was resolved to confirm we were satisfied. Very professional!

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Our process began with interviewing more than two dozen solar installers over the course of two months. We finally settled on
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because we believe it is important to employ contractors who are likely to still be in business if warranty issues arise and
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is the “Big Dog” in San
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. As well, our salesman told us he was also the “Project Developer” which we felt was a plus since whatever promises the “salesman” made during the evaluation process would have to be honored by the “Project Developer” once the project started.
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’s quote was the highest of all companies interviewed but they were willing to price match so we signed our contract on June 29 with a clause that provided for completion within 60 days. For the first 30 days literally nothing happened. Finally, our Preconstruction Coordination meeting was scheduled for August 1st at which time it became clear that completion would not be on schedule. The project was handed over to the “Project Manager”. The application for permit was submitted on August 7th but with minor errors in the paperwork that were quickly resolved. There was a minor permit issue arising from the city requiring a right of way permit for upgrading the electric panel which the Project Manager resolved. The permits were approved by the city on August 25th. There was an issue arising about our roof. The roofing technique described by the Project Developer at the evaluation stage did not match the actual roofing technique required. The Project Developer suggested our contract price was going to be adjusted. In the end,
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honored their contract, although we opted to move the panels to a different roof which required that roof section be replaced.
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worked through pricing that was favorable to the spirit of honoring their contract. The electric panel upgrade required a trench and during this process the gas pipe was nicked requiring SDGE to turn off the gas until we returned home that day. The re-roofing began on September 2nd. The panels were installed on September 12th. The net metering application was submitted to SDGE on September 11th, but with errors and was rejected three times before finally being approved on September 15th. Permission to Turn On system was received on September 18th.
- Sue S.
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Contacted
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due to a malfunctioning dimmer switch in our kitchen. The technician (Chase) was on time, very courteous and professional. He replaced the dimmer switch in less than 5 minutes and the problem was solved. I was just a little "shocked" that I was charged $214 to replace the bad switch. In all fairness to this company they told me the price before they replaced the switch and I approved them to do the work. I give them high
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on everything except the price which I feel was too high.
- David A.
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We had good results for the entire process.
First,
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sold the system to us. She measured the solar insolation sky view for our car port, then came inside and explained all the pros and cons. Actually, there are few cons since the system should pay for itself in 5 years (due to incredible incentives from the federal and state governments, and our PUD). She answered most questions, and was very good about emailing the rest of the answers after checking with her experts. We worked with
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to reduce costs by doing some of the work ourselves (mainly dig the trench and doing annual cleaning ourselves), and slightly downsize the system to use smaller inverters, and omit the automated monitoring system (we'd monitor it manually). We also asked to have some provisions installed in case we put in a 220V line for a future electric vehicle. And our system was sized larger than we need (190% of annual usage) to be ready for that car.
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had run several systems for us, starting with roughly half the size that was sufficient for annual use, and ending with the final system size. Since the payback was similar, we elected to get the larger system.
After we decided to buy the system,
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came by to inspect our panel. We needed an upgrade from 100A to 200A. Our house was built in 1908 and didn't have room in the panel for any expansion (e.g., for EV line). All was included in
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's quote.
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discussed how that would look, where the equipment would go, and listened to my concerns about our historic house. Then the crew came and installed as we discussed. All went well. It happened a bit later than we hoped, but we understood they were tied up on other homes. It's been a very busy time for solar panel installations due to the incentive program and reduced costs.
Finally
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came by to walk through the system for us. He showed us how to adjust the inverter displays to get all the numbers we need, and discussed how to clean, etc.
In summary, we are very pleased with
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. Our system is pumping a lot of kWh into the grid. It's quite amazing, actually, and fantastic to have free electricity for some years to come, and to do the "right thing".
- deborah R.
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fantastic work and the look is great from both inside and out. color matched the house and the grid lines were done great. will use these guys again. they showed up on time, performed their work on time, and left the place clean.
- Billy B.
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They were very professional, started the job a day earlier than they had predicted. They showed up on time and cleaned up behind themselves. They didn't fool around, everyone had their job and did it well. Couldn't be more pleased.
- Kathleen H.
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Very flexible as I modified my plan and budget.
Installation exactly as contracted, low profile, black and white panels(not the standard aluminum color but that depends on what's best for your situation)
Every time I contacted
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the answer was always "whatever you want Mr
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". And they always came through!
The system outputs at least as much power as agreed. No conduit shows on my roof. Much better workmanship that what my neighbor got with Vivant. The array even has a squirrel guard.
The internal meters and switches are well laid out and presentable to my very interested neighbors. All of the exit and entry points are clean and well defined.
The workers that came to my house are smart, courteous and took the time to explain every part, even entertaining my 'off the wall' questions.
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handled all of the applications and permits smoothly without extra charge. When you go solar be prepared to wait a bit as the state and town is involved. Seriously consider purchasing the system as the payback is short, 4-5 years and its all gravy after that $$$. Almost forgot -
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guaranteed a minimum SREC price for five years & will sell my SRECs for 1%. 'm happy I don't need to handle that.


- David M.
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We contacted this company to install a ground mount solar system.
This was our experience.
April 17th 2014 – Signed contract & paid deposit of $15k
May 27th 2014 – After numerous unanswered calls & emails we received a
bill from
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of
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& Solar. When we responded that
the first month’s bill was supposed to come after installation &
nothing has been installed our salesman,
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, called. He
said the city was considering it a structure. We advised
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that we
have pulled special use permits in the past for structures.
June 9th 2014 - We met with
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, Senior Planner for the City of
North Richland Hills. He gave
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the information to apply for a
special use permit.
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24th 2014 –
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, COO of
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& Solar, called us & advised that he could move
the solar panels to a different location that the city would approve.
He also said he could enclose the solar panels due to the fact that we
would have to remove a loafing shed in that location. I agreed as long
as it would be enclosed.
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27th 2014 - We responded to an email from our salesman,
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, regarding the
new structure. We asked to verify the pitch, height & enclosing the
sides.
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responded with the pitch & the height. He said he
would check with
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on enclosing the sides.
August 14th 2014 - After more unreturned phone calls & emails we sent an
email requesting a read receipt to everyone in the company that we had
an email for.
August 20th 2014 –
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called saying he “could” enclose it not that he “would”
I told him again I was not changing the location if it was not enclosed.
August 21th 2014 – Planning & Zoning meeting at 7pm.
We were there. No representation from
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& Solar so the city denied the permit.
So we have no solar panels but
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& Solar say we have forfeited our deposit.
- Penny L.
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We have had the solar panels for several years. They have proven to be a great investment. They give us several extra swim months. The people at
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are helpful and very responsive to any issue. After finding a soft spot on the patio roof they had the roof repaired and resolved the issue. I was so impressed with
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. He was always pleasant and attentive to my questions or concerns. They have proven to me that they stand behind their product.
- Donna S.
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My wife and I got quotes from five (5) solar panel installation companies in the area. (We even looked at purchasing wholesale - panels costs are great, but installation and getting a contractor would have been a real pain). We learned a lot from the five companies and their proposals. We eliminated one company because they proposed panels on a roof that gets less daily sun exposure (there is an instrument to measure sun exposure to roof location) than our easterly facing roof. Another company didn't specialize in solar installations - they were an HVAC company that could also install solar panels. We wanted a company that specialized in solar - their costs were higher than
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, too. A third company was eliminated because they wanted a 10% deposit before providing the final estimate to us - a "good-faith" gesture on our part (as they said). We eliminated them immediately - no other company requested anything like that. The 4th company was OK, but cautioned us their price might be higher because of their overhead which, supposedly, is the experience and expertise they use to provide great service. We did not feel that their overhead was a problem we needed to pay for. They were a fairly big company and understood the systems, but their cost was higher than
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. They also wanted to requote after I told them we had selected
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, which I thought was odd (I just didn't respond to the email). We selected
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because the price was significantly less,
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is the owner/installer/salesman, and
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obviously understood the systems. He knew on which roof to install the panels and how the system could get optimized. We felt that we just had to deal with
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on any issue since he knew all the cost, equipment, and technical details. (The other companies primarily had different people doing the installation and selling).
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is a licensed electrician, which is required for panel installation and permit approval.
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contacted proper agencies for permit approval process (ours was approved by Town of Apex).
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does not have a lot of personnel but, once they got started, they moved right along with the project. We were not in a big hurry to get the panels installed - we just wanted to make sure they were installed in time to qualify for each of the 3 rebate programs. Everyone from
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was very nice and easy to get along with. The system looks great, the installation is professional-looking, and they cleaned up well after they were done. Installation could have been done in less than one week if there hadn't been so much rain in August. we've used many contractors over the years for various projects and we would agree that
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was the correct selection for our solar panels. Professional, very qualified, nice - everything you hope to get when you contract out a project. Yes, we'd use them again.


- Mark M.
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All Solar Panel Installers in Island Lake, IL

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1 SolTech

1920 Diplomat Dr
Dallas, TX

A-Armstrong Services LTD

P.O. Box 34445
Chicago, Il

ABC Remodeling Company

Melrose Park, IL

Abt Electronics

1200 N Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL

ACA Roofing & Construction Inc

3433 N Pontiac Ave
Chicago, IL

Ailey Solar Electric

2416 S Ridgeway
Chicago, IL

Air Blue Heating and Cooling

551 North Wolf Road
Wheeling, IL

AK Reliable Construction Co., Inc.

9444 Keeler Ave
Skokie, il

All Quality Inc

6348 North Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

All Services Electric, LLC

15774 S. LaGrange Rd
Orland Park, IL

Alste Electric Inc

1016 Castle Dr
Glenview, IL

Alternative Energy Solutions

1923 Heron ave
Schaumburg, IL

AMB Roofing & Sheetmetal

2516 Hiller Ridge
Johnsburg, IL

AMD Remodeling And Painting

1924 73 Road Court
Elmwood Park, IL

American Virtual Associates

304 Whitelaw Avenue
East Alton, IL

aminadab

24643 john adams dr.
Plainfield, IL

Anderson Property Services

749 Verdi st
Woodstock, IL

Art Electrical and HVAC Inc

1503 E Thacker St
Des Plaines, IL

Artec Construction Inc

1275 Studio Ln
Deerfield, IL

Bob Stellwagen Elec. Contractor

39 W 230 Route 64
Saint Charles, IL

Bohlen Electric

3842 North Mozart
Chicago, IL

Boost Your Eco LLC

847 N. Hermitage Ave
Chicago, IL

Bravo Electric

4307 RFD
Lake Zurich, IL

Bruce Electric Co.

21W330 Petersen Ave.
Lombard, IL

Building Energy Experts

7300 Great Hill Rd
Crystal Lake, IL

Building Services of Chicago

2000 S 25th Ave
Broadview, IL

Century Bay Builders Inc

18528 W Country Ct
Libertyville, IL

Chart House Energy LLC

200 Viridian Dr
Muskegon, MI

Complete Roof

5250 Grand Ave
Gurnee, IL

D G R Construction, INC

Country Club Hills, IL

Dellinger Electric, Inc.

16476 W Brockman Ave
Lincolnshire, IL

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, IN

Earth Wind And Solar Energy LLC

2350 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL

Eichele and Valene Remodeling

30W270 Butterfield Rd
Warrenville, IL

Electrical Concepts

PO Box 5282
Hinsdale, IL

Energy Systems Management, Inc.

2528 West 110th Place
Chicago, IL

Energy360 Solutions Inc

781 Dillon Dr.
Wood Dale, IL

EnergyMen Inc.

220 W Huron
Chicago, IL

Environmental Comfort Team Inc

2208 Magnolia Ln
Elgin, IL

Exess Exterior Corp

375 S IL Rte 83
Grayslake, IL

Fineline Construction Group

10S 059 Schoger Dr
Naperville, IL

Greenify Custom

5717 George
Richmond, IL

GSHA Services, LTD

11 N Skokie Hwy
Lake Bluff, IL

HomePro Exteriors, Inc.

113 McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL

HUCKLEBERRYFINNREPAIR SERVICE

308 E South St
Peotone, IL

iWire Chicago

2617 N Albany Ave
Chicago, IL

J&A ROMANDO

6921 W 110th St
Worth, IL

J.G Service Electrical Heating & Cooling

2930 1/2 N. Cicero
Chicago, IL

Johns Electric Troubleshooting

5643 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL

K H RENOVATIONS

205 CASS AVE
Westmont, IL

Kapital Electric, Inc.

1240 Mark Street
Bensenville, IL

Keenan Exteriors, Inc.

626 N Waiola Ave
La Grange Park, IL

Kobez Co.

1813 Vivian Way Ct.
Lakemoor, Il

krakbuild Construction

6205 w Fletcher
Chicago, IL

Leahy Construction

618 Hannah Ave.
Forest Park, IL

m2 Creative Management Solutions

333 W Hubbard ST
Chicago, IL

MAX ELECTRIC LLC

1201 W Adams St
Chicago, IL

MC Associates & Developments

2621 W. Greenwood Avenue
Waukegan, IL

Midwest Energy Systems

91 S Lively Blvd
Elk Grove Village, IL

Millennium Solar Electric Inc.

244 Main St.
Park Forest, IL

Milwaukee Security Cameras

544 E Ogden Ave
Milwaukee, WI

MSH Remodeling, Inc.

450 Frontage Rd
Downers Grove, IL

Murphy's Window & Sunrooms

10359 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL

Nyberg Exteriors

1213 E Sayles Dr
Palatine, IL

OZ MECHANICAL SERVICES INC

3447 PRAIRIE AVE
Brookfield, IL

Perfect Temp Control

74 Bradrock Dr
Des Plaines, IL

PMN Heating and Cooling, Inc.

6240 W Grace St
Chicago, IL

Qute Tech

Richton Park, il

Repairoilogy

4115 n richmond
Chicago, IL

RIDGID CONSULTING & CONSTRUCTION, CORP

728 E. Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL

RZI inc.

5940 Ridge ave
Berkeley, IL

SCHMIDT PLUMBING & MEDICAL GAS

682 CHANNEL
Barrington, IL

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861
Miami, FL

Sharp Electric

PO Box 398
Lake Zurich, IL

Solar Brite Ltd

3613 S.E. Overton Drive
Richmond, IL

SOLAR SERVICE INC

7312 N MILWAUKEE AVE
Niles, IL

Solergy LLC

10 N Martingale Rd Ste 400
Schaumburg, IL

SPOTLIGHT INC

721 PARK PLAINE AVE
Park Ridge, IL

STAR Technology

2718 s Trumbull Av
Chicago, il

SunWorks LLC

1420 Winston Dr.
Buffalo Grove, IL

The Pampering Plumber

13128 State Road 54
Odessa, FL

THE RENOVATION COMPANY, INC.

1874 JOHNS DRIVE
Glenview, IL

Thermatronic Inc.

407 Chukker Ct
Wheeling, IL

TMCM Construction

7901 W. Park Ave.
Niles, IL

Toro Builders Corp.

5412 W. Roosevelt
Chicago, IL

Trotta Specialty Construction Inc.

1921 W. Lake St
Chicago, IL

Ultra Handy, Inc.

524 Ridgewood Ln
Buffalo Grove, IL

UNIQUE INDOOR COMFORT INC

624 N. Second St.
Libertyville, IL

Upraisin Inc

2417 w. Warren Blvd
Chicago, IL

Waukegan Roofing Co Inc

1320 Gladstone Ave
Waukegan, IL

Zera Inc.

3001 W. Gunnison
Chicago, IL

Zero Cost Energy

1205 Highland Blvd
Hoffman Estates, IL
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