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Solar question

Sunday, March 8th, 2009


We are interested in a grid-tied solar system. I have just started researching and cannot locate an installer in our area. We live in Southern Illinois and the few places who have responded to inquiries have told us they just don’t service our area. Where can I find the best source of information for this type of system and is our only option DIY since we can’t find an installer? Is the grid-tied system easier to set-up than off-grid? I appreciate any information you can provide.


Lori Hinkle


There is a national testing association for solar installers and this testing process is very difficult. It also requires proof of so many solar installations each year and that they were inspected and meet code. They maintain a list on line of all those solar installers who have been certified, listed by state.

Go to the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners web site at to find a certified solar installer near you.

Good luck!

Jeff Yago



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