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Solar and Storage in Chicago, Illinois: Your Door to Energy Independence

Choose Sunrun and Build a Brighter Energy Future, Today

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Illinoians hit by power outages from 2008 to 2017.1


Illinois’s solar price drop over the last five years.2


The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) boosts Illinois’s renewable energy growth and creates thousands of clean energy jobs.3

Thanks to the plummeting cost of residential solar panels and home batteries2,4 and an average of 189 sunny days per year,5 it’s no surprise that more Chicago homeowners choose to team up with a Chicago solar company like Sunrun to experience energy independence. When you make the switch to solar, it can also protect your home during outages, increase your control over electricity bills, and reduce your carbon footprint for decades.

How to Go Solar in Chicago

As the nation’s leading residential solar and storage company,6 we work so everyone can create and store their own renewable energy in Chicago and the rest of the U.S. Discover which of our residential solar plans, with or without a backup energy system, is the right fit for your budget and energy needs.

What’s more, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has a net energy metering (NEM) program that could let you earn credits on your utility bill for the excess electricity your rooftop solar panels create and send to the power grid.7 Net metering in Chicago could help you save money on your future electric bills.


Solar, with incentives

Federal Tax Credit (ITC) schedule: 26% in 2022, 22% in 2023, and ends in 2024.


  • Learn about the federal tax credit
  • Find your ideal system and battery
  • Get your cost to go solar today

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Our Home Solar Plans Start at $0 Down

Each Sunrun solar plan has unique advantages. Whether you decide to go with a solar lease or a purchase plan, along with an energy storage system, our goal is to ensure that you’re completely satisfied with your Chicago solar panel installation for decades. As one of the best solar installers in Chicago, we’ll even handle the paperwork for you whenever possible.


Monthly Plan

Lease new Sunrun solar panels in Chicago with little to $0 down. Lock in predictable monthly payments and get our industry-leading Sunrun Guarantee.

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Full Amount Lease

Prepay for up to 25 years of solar power in Chicago for home use at the best price. Our Sunrun Guarantee also backs it.

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System Purchase

Own a home solar system in Chicago, and you could build home value. You may qualify for solar incentives like the federal tax credit8* and Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) from the state’s Adjustable Block Program (ABP).9

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Solar + Brightbox™

Add Brightbox, Sunrun’s battery storage service, to your solar installation in Chicago. This can help keep your appliances and devices powered during outages, cloudy days, rainy afternoons, or at night.

Extreme weather events, like Illinois’s derecho storms and back-to-back tornadoes, have left thousands of residents without power in the last years.10 

With an energy storage solution like Brightbox, electricity is as local as you can get.

With Brightbox, you can back up your entire home with a Tesla Powerwall, or you can back up just the rooms you need with an LG Chem solar battery.**

When the sun is out, Brightbox can store clean, safe, and affordable backup power for later use.

Brightbox is the Chicago battery storage solution that puts you in control. It can turn on during an outage and will work to recharge until the grid’s restored.

Unlike generators, Brightbox doesn’t run on fossil fuels, which produce carbon monoxide (CO) that’s dangerous for your health.11

You can monitor your Chicago solar energy production and storage daily with the online dashboard and mobile app.

Our monthly lease and prepaid plans include 24/7 proactive monitoring and maintenance to ensure your system runs smoothly. This benefit sets Brightbox apart from other solar batteries in Chicago.

Support Illinois’s Clean Energy Goals


Illinois’s decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 2005 levels by 2025.12

When you create and store your own clean energy in Chicago, you can also reduce your dependence on toxic, dangerous fossil fuels. This will help build a more modern and resilient energy system that runs on renewable electricity made locally. Have more questions about our home solar and battery solutions? Try out our Product Selector or request a free quote to get one-on-one service from our expert Solar Advisors. Together we can ensure Illinois plays a stronger role in America’s clean energy revolution.

Sunrun solar installer carrying a solar panel

Why Choose Sunrun in Chicago?

For over a decade, hundreds of thousands of people across the country have chosen Sunrun to gain energy freedom and security. To date, our customers’ solar panel arrays have prevented millions of tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. This is equivalent to preventing millions of gallons of gasoline from burning.13 

American families can help us create a more resilient energy future for the whole nation, one home solar panel installation at a time. See what people say about their solar journey with Sunrun.


1. Eaton Blackout Tracker Annual Report

2. Illinois solar price drop

3. Illinois The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA)

4. U.S. solar battery systems price drop

5. Chicago, IL annual sunny days

6. Sunrun ranked as leading residential solar-plus-storage vendor

7. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) net energy metering (NEM) program

8. Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

9. Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) solar incentive

10. Chicago Tribune — Chicago weather / Chicago derechos

11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) generator safety fact sheet

12. Illinois U.S. Climate Alliance greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal

13. Sunrun Impact Report 2020

*We recommend contacting a tax professional to accurately determine the impact of the federal solar tax credit on your federal taxes.

**One Tesla Powerwall stores 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of usable electricity, which can be used to back up the home for a day. An LG Chem solar battery holds 9.8 kWh, which can be used to back up essential parts of the home from 8 to 12 hours.