Zach and Dan from ilumen Solar were fantastic to work with from start to finish for my residential solar project.
After talking to about 5 or 6 different solar companies, I came across ilumen and immediately I knew they handled things differently than the others. I selected ilumen for my project out of all others because there was no sales pressure, they provided thoughtful system design and recommendations, they answered every question I threw at them, they explained each step of the install process in detail, offered competitive pricing, and lastly they took care of everything required to get the system online in the stated timeline.
I strongly recommend ilumen Solar and will absolutely refer them to others!
Mitch SuperKnot (тнеsuрегкиот)
June 2, 2022.
When I decided to put solar panels on my roof, I got bids from a national chain and two local installers, including Ilumen. During the bidding and comparison stage, Ilumen was absolutely the most-communicative and the most-comprehensive, and looking back, I don’t think I would have gotten the experience that I got here anywhere else.
Zach sent over several proposals during my bid process with different configurations of panel size and OEM. He talked me through each one to make sure I understood the process and what he was proposing I buy, and scheduled a quick video chat when we finally settled on one to go through the paperwork. I genuinely appreciated that, contrasted with the national chain who wanted me to sign a contract before they would even come look at the property.
I really couldn’t be happier with the work Ilumen did on my Solar PV system. It works great, and it looks even better. The design called for running all the conduit (the bane of most solar installs) in our attic for a clean look, and it was absolutely the right call.
The entire process, from the first email I sent talking about wanting to put solar on my roof to turning the panels on was 111 days. Zach, Dan and their team were professionals the entire time.
I had questions. Like, a lot of questions. The number of questions that would lead me to get frustrated if I were on the other end of them. Equipment choice. Financing. Data. Permits. Permission To Operate. And it never seemed to phase them. If they needed clarification on some question I had, or accommodating some last-minute rescheduling changes because of some weather, they made sure I stayed in the loop the entire time.
When we specced out the system, the panels we wanted were in short supply, but they were available weeks ahead of our scheduled install, meaning they would proably be gone by the time our install was scheduled. Zach suggested shipping the panels to my home instead, and they live in my garage until the install. I respect that kind of creative problem solving. Zach and Dan came by to unload and inspect them, and there were no further issues on availability.
After our install got pushed back a week to one where I would be out of town, I was worried. I kind of assumed I was going to be a helicopter client (which unfortunately I already understood I was going to be, regardless).
But Ilumen and their installer contracting team handled everything in my absence and kept me in the loop on everything, including identifying some chimney repairs that we’d previously considered resolved but had returned in recent years. You can safely trust these professionals to know what they’re doing.
If you're still shopping around for Solar PV in the area and haven't already, please include Ilumen in your bids. You'll be glad you did.
March 24, 2022.
I have been interested in solar for several years. After initially talking last fall with a company that leases their system for 20 years, I looked into the option of purchasing. I met in person with Zach and he thoroughly answered my extensive list of questions and it quickly became obvious that purchasing a solar system was the better way to go, especially with current incentives. In addition, Zach is passionate about this industry and his knowledge is extensive.
After deciding to move forward, all the stages went surprisingly smoothly. From the agreements, to the permitting, to the installation, through to the system activation. Updates from Zach and Dan were frequent and the installers they use, Fresh Coast Solar, were very professional, easy going, and they did a great job.
Next for the results. I went live with my installation on January 2. My January electric bill was down 40% from last year, my bill for February was half of last year, and I am currently on track to have a credit for the month of March. And this is in the off season!
I would highly recommend ilumen Solar as a fantastic local company. and I am looking forward to seeing how the system produces in the coming peak season.
February 20, 2022.
It was a great solar experience overall. We had gotten multiple quotes from different companies and are happy that we went with ILumen for their quality work and competitive pricing. Zach and Dan are very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions throughout the process. They were patient and responsive. Additionally, we appreciate Zach coming out personally and meeting with an association rep to answer any concerns/questions they had regarding the install and aesthetics. We are very happy with the design and overall finished product. Thank you ILumen for such a pleasant experience!
February 18, 2022.
I was on a search for a good solar installer realizing that I would have some shade on my roof I googled solar pannels specifically designed to accomodate shaded roofs. That is how I stumbled on Zach and ilumen. Zach has expalined to me the advantages of all sort of options for my roof condition. Also, others have fallen wayside once I compared the their proposals and ilumen's. He guided me through the approval process with ComEd. I was explained the difference between wattage of the system, projected production with expected irradiation from the sun (I have partial or temporary shade) and how ComEd views all of the above when approving a project. Any questions were answered promptly and completely. The project after sizing and approval from regulators came on time and almost seamlessly in spite of the fact that the weather did not completely cooperated. It was installed in December. I have now great looking roof and monitor the production with zeal of a neophyte. LOL. It is the first month of production for me. The whole team has shown high professional standards. All went without a hitch. I am glad I have used ilumen.
January 26, 2022.
Zach and his team took the time to explain to me all the details of the project as it unfolded. In the end I also needed an electrical panel upgrade, but Zach coordinated with a company to come out and perform the upgrades. Great experience overall and now I can track my power generation from my phone.
November 24, 2021.
Our solar experience with ilumen was both efficient and pleasurable. We were constantly kept “in the loop,” our questions answered promptly, and the installation process was flawless. Zach worked with us to produce a system that met both our energy and aesthetic goals – two thumbs way up! I would strongly recommend ilumen to anyone looking to “go solar”.
August 5, 2021.
I had a great experience using ilumen to go solar! At first I was a nervous about how the panels would look on the front of my house but ilumen knocked it out of the park. Zach designed a very clean layout and there is no conduit visible from the front of the house! Zach and Dan were available and able to answer all of my questions throughout the process. I would recommend ilumen to anyone looking for a solar developer and installer.