Chicago’s South Side sees first free solar installations under state equity program

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Having always been “the go-green types,” Debra Earl and her husband last summer decided they wanted to get solar panels on the bungalow where they’ve lived for 22 years on Chicago’s South Side. 

Now, their home is powered by a solar array that will provide almost all their electricity needs, and they won’t pay a cent for the power. The company Certasun installed and owns the rooftop system, and Earl and her husband get the power for free.

The deal almost seems too good to be true, as Certasun president Josh Lutton describes it. That may be part of the reason more people have not thus far enlisted in the Illinois Solar for All program that provides solar power to qualifying residents with no upfront cost, while guaranteeing them at least 50% savings on their energy supply costs.

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