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

Choose Sunrun and Build a Brighter Energy Future for You and Your Family

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Illinoians hit by power outages from 2008 to 2017.1


Drop in solar prices in Illinois over the last five years.2


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

Thanks to the plummeting cost of residential solar panels and solar batteries2,4 and an average of 189 sunny days per year,5 it’s no surprise that more Chicago homeowners are choosing to go solar. When you make the switch to solar, it will increase your control over electricity bills, protect your home during outages, and reduce your carbon footprint. Sunrun is one of the best Chicago solar companies to team up with on your solar journey.

How to Go Solar in Chicago

As the nation’s leading residential solar and storage company,6 we work so you can create and store your own renewable energy in Chicago. Discover which Sunrun solar plan, with or without a home battery in Chicago, is the best fit for your budget and energy needs.

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has a net energy metering (NEM) program that lets you earn credits on your energy bill for the excess solar energy you create and send to the grid.7 Net metering in Chicago can help you save money on your future electricity bills.

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Our Home Solar Plans Start at $0 Down

Each Sunrun solar plan offers unique advantages. Whether you decide to get a solar lease, a solar loan, or a purchase plan — with or without battery storage in Chicago — you can rest easy knowing that we’re one of the best solar contractors in Illinois. We want you to be happy with your solar installation for decades. When possible, we’ll even take care of the paperwork for you.

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 Chicago solar energy 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 credit11** and Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) from the state’s Adjustable Block Program (ABP).12

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Solar + Brightbox™

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

Increasingly extreme weather events, like Illinois’ unprecedented derecho, have left thousands without vital power for days.9

Go solar with Brightbox and enjoy renewable, clean energy storage that puts you in control.

Brightbox can help you 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 and affordable back-up power for later use.

Brightbox is the Chicago back-up solar storage solution that puts you in control. It can turn on during an outage and will work to recharge until the grid is restored.

Unlike generators, Brightbox doesn’t run on fossil fuels, which produce carbon monoxide (CO) that's dangerous for your health.10

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

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

Support Illinois’ Clean Energy Goals


Illinois’ decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 2005 levels by 2025.13

If you create and store your own clean energy in Chicago, you'll be on the right side of Illinois’ energy future. Have more questions about our solar and battery solutions? Take our Product Selector for a spin 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.

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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 installations have prevented millions of tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of preventing millions of gallons of gasoline from burning.8 

American families help us create a more resilient energy future for the whole nation, one home solar panel installation at a time. These are their stories.



*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.

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

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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. Sunrun Impact Report 2020

9. Chicago Tribune — Chicago weather / Chicago derechos

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

11. Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

12. Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) solar incentive

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