10 Great Solar Gift for this Holiday Season

Finding a fun gift for everyone on your list can be tough, so Icon Solar is here to help you out—no cords attached! Solar powered presents are perfect for the techie, environmentalist or anyone in your life looking for a cool gift that won’t run up the electric bill. Here is a list of ten fun products you might even add to your own wish list!

#1 Solar Powered Christmas lights

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Ditch the old tangled up pile of Christmas lights and switch to these fun, solar powered ones instead!

#2 Solar Powered Candy Cane Decorations

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Staying on the seasonal side of things, why not ditch the extension cord for these outdoor, wireless, light-up candy canes!

#3 Solar Powered Book Light

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Read electricity-free day or night!

#4 & #5 Solar Powered Luxury Watches

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Would you look at the time? It looks like it’s just about time to buy one of these solar powered watches.

#6 Solar Powered Backpack

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A backpack that keeps you prepared and your devices energized? Talk about dressed for success!

#7 Solar Powered Security Camera

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We knew solar power could help you with financial security, but who knew it could keep your family safe too?

#8 Solar Powered Flashlight

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When the power fails you, these won’t!

#9 Tesla Powerwall 2

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Speaking of being there for you no matter what, the Tesla Powerwall 2 can keep your whole house powered for a full 24 hours!

#10 Solar Panels

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For those of you who have been extra good this year (or even a little naughty with some of your spending and need to save!) a set of solar panels can be a powerful gift and get you off on the right (carbon)foot for the new year!

This list is certainly putting us in the holiday mood and we are hoping you as well! Call Icon Solar to start your solar journey today and happy holidays!

We already have the largest publicly accessible solar array in the country. Are we about to get bigger?

What could make Fiona the Hippo even more lovable? How about the fact that she relies on solar energy? The Cincinnati Zoo is the Greenest Zoo in America currently, thanks to the solar canopy that is installed above the parking lot. These panels make our zoo the largest publicly accessible urban solar array in the country! The parking lot produces 20 percent of the Cincinnati Zoo’s needed energy and generates additional solar power to send back to the utility company.  

Cincinnati, or should we say Suncinnati? This solar mega-house may get EVEN bigger! 

Recently, discussions began around the idea of creating the largest municipally-sponsored solar power project in Ohio. The plan is to install solar panels at city-owned properties like the Lunken Airport. 

Originally proposed by Cincinnati mayor John Cranley, the project also aims to have 20 percent of the city’s powered operations get their energy from solar panels; this would move us closer to our city’s goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2035. Currently, we are at about one percent—we can do better than that! The project also helps Cincinnati contribute to the world’s environmental goals.  

We at Icon Solar think these plans of action are awesome! And hey, if you need someone to help install those panels, Cincinnati, you know who to call! 

We’re Terrible at Keeping Secrets: Icon Solar’s Formula for Success

Success may be random at times, but continued, reliable success requires a plan. We at Icon Solar have created an exact formula to our success. We take certain steps to guarantee the satisfaction of our customers and the results they want.  

Let us walk you through our exact formula.  

  • We analyze the financial benefits for you – firstly, we survey your utility bills and home to verify that you will reap all the financial benefits of solar power that you expect.  
  • We guide you through the process – we walk our customers through every step of the process—before and during every step of the way. This ensures that the consumer understands and is comfortable with the process of moving to solar.  
  • We share our knowledge of solar with you, and pledge honest answers, respect and integrity  knowledge is power! We are excited about solar energy at Icon Solar and we are eager to share everything we know about it with our customers. We’re sure you’ll be as thrilled as we are after hearing the facts!  
  • We provide turnkey service to manage every detail from permit to grid hook-up – although we’ll be sharing all the details of your installation with you, you can rest easy knowing that we will take care of them all. We pledge to make the switch to solar power as easy as possible for you.  

So there! We’ve shared the secret formula with you. To witness the foolproof method in action, give us a call to get started today.  

Icon Solar’s Accreditations and Certifications, and Why It Matters to You

A lot of licensing and certifications are in place to prove capabilities. For instance, not many of us would trust a 17-year-old without his license to cart people around in a car. Similarly, a lot of trust is instilled in nurses, teachers and firefighters because of the processes they went through to prove their skills and interest.  

Our employees are eager to prove their abilities to you. That’s why we’ve gone through many additional certifications to make us as knowledgeable as we can be about solar power, and to make our customers even more comfortable with us. Listed below are some certifications and accreditations we’ve pursued to prove our dedication: 

  • Certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a testament that someone has undergone rigorous testing to show their knowledge and expertise in solar power installation. NABCEP is a non-profit corporation that works alongside experts and stakeholders to ensure quality credentialing. Icon Solar is very proud to have a NABCEP-certified expert on staff!  
  • Icon Solar is a member of multiple professional organizations. We value our memberships because they provide us with current news on industry changes, a method to communicate with other solar professionals, and in turn, the latest and greatest technology for our customers. Icon Solar is a member of American Solar Energy Society, Green Energy Ohio, US Green Building Council and Green Umbrella.  

 Feel free to further research these credible measures of skill or give us a call and let us prove the quality of our work ourselves!  

Help Your Country Get Ahead with Solar Power

With the amount of energy we are consuming as a planet, countries are starting to lean away from nonrenewable sources of energy such as gas and coal. Solar power is one of the leading options as the energy source of the future.  

So which countries are leading the world in solar power usage?  

Germany is the leader in solar energy. By creating a framework that subsidizes this power source, Germany has allowed solar power to be competitive in the energy market. According to Business Insider, China, Japan and Italy follow Germany in solar power leaders.  

The United States lands fifth on the list of solar power usage—despite having much more room for solar panels than three of the other leaders. Although we are ranked lower, The Guardian published that the US and China’s implementation of solar power grew the worldwide usage by 50 percent in 2015. The industry calls that growth “very significant” and a critical way for the world to make adjustments for the climate.  

Icon Solar is passionate about solar everywhere. Although choosing solar power keeps the United States ahead of the pack, any country doing this is good for the entire planet since other power sources can be hazardous to the environment.  

Anyone can make an investment in their country and planet by choosing solar power—call Icon Solar today to start making your impact! 

Here’s what People are Saying about Icon Solar!

Any company can say whatever they want about themselves. The real testament to quality work is the result. For us, our job isn’t over until we’ve exceeded our customers’ expectations. You may feel uncertain about considering a company you’ve never worked with before; that’s why consumer testimonials are so helpful! Here are some of our customers’ reactions to their new Icon-installed solar systems:  

“We pay less than $200 a year for all of the energy in the house. It’s virtually eliminated our utility bills. If you can work with Icon Solar, you’d be doing very well. Icon Solar is an excellent choice. Their workmanship and service are good, their response to customers is excellent and they’re very willing to help you out in any way they can.” 

“They even came out and worked on a Sunday to complete installation so we could claim our valuable tax credit for 2015.” 

“A fast, clean installation! Team was professional and completed the work on the schedule provided.” 

“Everything from scheduling, designing, installation and post-install support has been fantastic. They have done an excellent job.” 

“I had my solar panels installed in April. Usually my bill in May and June is around $45 and since I had the solar panels installed my bills for those months was $7. Between the tax credit and the grant, I only had to pay half the price for solar panels. So far, I’ve had it for 4 months and my meter goes backwards. I had 17 panels put on the house; the panels have a 25-year guarantee. I’m extremely pleased with my return, it’s better than a 15 percent return as an investment. Everything is hooked up to the computer; you can go online to see what each individual panel is producing. If I produce more than I use they’ll give me a credit.” 

“I have nothing but positive things to say about the company after dealing with them. Icon is the only one I would want to do business with. This is an outstanding company.” 

“It went very well as it was a big job. They finished in two days. The installation of the panels took one day and the electrical set up took about one day well. It was very professionally done.” 

“A professional crew that performed well with the installation.” 

We pride ourselves on the satisfaction and savings we deliver to our customers, and the benefits solar delivers both to wallets and the planet. We encourage you to read more Icon Solar reviews on Angie’s List and watch our customer feedback videos. If you’ve worked with us before, leave us a review on Google—we’d love to hear your input! 

Make the Wise Choice: Stop Paying your Electricity and Save for your Children’s College Tuition instead!

You’ve been saving for your kids’ college since before they were born. But, the price of a college education is skyrocketing so your well-intentioned savings may not be enough to cut it. While your child may be incredibly smart, scholarships and financial aid are hard to earn today. If you’re looking for an extra boost to help you sock away a little more (aren’t we all?), then look no further.

Electricity costs are rising as fast college tuition rates. Every month you are paying $200-$300 to power your home. We aren’t advising that you let the lights go out and let your kids study for their SAT by candlelight.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could store that money monthly in a 529 for your child? That way, if your child does receive a scholarship, you can be proud of them and not worry about that saved money not be accessible.

When switching to solar power, you can choose if you would rather save a couple hundred dollars monthly or even become completely energy independent—depending on how much you want to plan to save for your kids’ future. (Or hey, if saving for college isn’t one of your financial needs, maybe you’d rather put an addition on the house or globetrot instead. Solar can help you do that too.)

Sure, college loans are an option, but students can find themselves crippled by tens of thousands of dollars in debt when they graduate. Plus, your child could be forced to shoulder more than the original cost of college due to super high interest rates. By installing solar power when your kids are young, you are using affordable financing options. Your house will churn out the money you need and help stave off debt from post-college years.

Show your children the importance of financially-wise decisions by planning ahead and considering your options.

Get the Star Treatment with Solar Panels!

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Dear Wanda,

 OK, what is the deal with solar panels? I’ve heard you can save money with them, and they can help the environment, but I don’t know anyone who has them. Do you? 

Sure, I get that! Solar panels aren’t new, but they are becoming more common. In fact, over the next five years, Ohio alone is expected to install hundreds of kilowatts (kw) of solar power, which is more than six times the amount installed in the past five years. Although solar might not be new, you may not spot any in your neighborhood. This leaves open the opportunity for you to be a trendsetter.

If your neighbors don’t have solar power, look to the stars for inspiration. By that I don’t mean pay closer to your horoscope—also don’t look at the sun for too long—check out some of the biggest trendsetters of all, celebrities! Chances are, some of your favorite celebs have already invested.

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No surprise, Leonardo DiCaprio powers his environmental conquests partly with his solar powered home. Look at those pretty panels soaking up the sun by the basketball court.

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Tom Brady’s mansion runs on solar power!

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinksi listed solar power as one of the mansion’s top amenities when selling their home!

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The only bad part about solar panels being so inconspicuous nowadays is that they’re hard to spot on celeb’s houses. I spy Julia Roberts’ panels, do you?

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Bill Gates has panels on panels on panels!

I’m really just scratching the surface with these examples. Will Ferrell, Johnny Depp, Rachel McAdams, Jack Johnson, Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and many more have discovered this treasure trove.

While these folks are already perceived as wealthy, you don’t have to be a millionaire to afford solar power. In fact, most of Icon Solar’s customers are a part of the middle class. Savings can be exciting for anyone—celebrities, they’re just like you!

Call Icon Solar for the star treatment today!

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Save Thousands Before this Offer Disappears!

Not only does solar power provide enough energy to power your house, it also frequently overproduces energy. “Net metering” provides a way for solar power users to bottle up their excess energy and sell it back to their utility companies for a credit! The credit can in turn be used to power your home at night or simply to further reduce your monthly utility bill.

Indiana recently passed Senate Bill 309, which can be unfortunate news for solar panel owners. Senate Bill 309 eliminated the requirement to “net meter” residential solar systems for publicly owned utilities. In other words, starting in the not-too-distant future, the excess energy generated by your Indiana home’s solar system will no longer mean money in your pocket. It will be given to the electric company instead, and they can sell it.

Fortunately, if solar systems are installed and operational by December 31, 2017, customers are grandfathered into the current net metering policy for the next 30 years!

Indiana homeowners, the time to act is NOW!

Icon Solar has received a timeline from the Indiana Distributed Generation Alliance indicating that people who are interested must have their interconnection application submitted by October 19, 2017 at the very latest. The whole timeline is copied below. But not to worry: with Icon Solar’s turnkey service, we take care of all of the details in the timeline.

If you are interested, be sure to contact us as soon as possible to take advantage of this tremendous benefit.

Timeline                                               Steps

October 19, 2017                              Application submitted

November 2, 2017                            Notice that application is complete (10 business days after submission)

November 28, 2017                         Notice re whether facility is approved (15 business days after notice)

December 12, 2017                          Notice re inspection; agreement sent (10 business days after approval)

December 14, 2017                          Customer signs and returns agreement sent (10 business days after approval)

December 31, 2017                          Installation complete

The Icon Solar Pledge

The Icon Solar Pledge

A pledge is a promise. Icon Solar has composed a pledge detailing the services we guarantee to provide to our customers. Here we further explain what each facet of our promise means to you.

We will:

  1. Put in the time to understand your objectives.

Whether your solar power pursuit is driven by environmental consciousness, energy independence, savings, or your love of technology, we are here to help you reach those goals. Icon Solar is passionate about every reason to go solar, so we are more than happy to meet with you to strategize a plan to accomplish what you want.

  1. Clearly explain choices to help you make a good decision.

After understanding your objectives, we are happy to explain your options so that we can arrive at the perfect solar solution for you. Whether you want to test a few panels or you want to be completely off the grid, we survey each unique home and inform you of your best options. Collaborating with our customers is a key to our success.

  1. Thoroughly explain all steps to make sure we answer your questions.

Although Icon offers a complete turnkey service, we still ensure you are aware of each of the steps we are taking. Education is incredibly important to us—we want to share the wealth of both knowledge and money! We take the time to answer all your questions and teach you about the entire solar process.

  1. Use our experience to finish the work to your complete satisfaction.

Our work is not complete until you are satisfied with your investment and our service. We take pride in our hundreds of satisfied customers.

  1. Provide industry-leading warranties on all work.

Solar power is a big investment. We are so confident in solar power that we offer warranties to alleviate any hesitation for you. To make the leap easier, Icon Solar offers top of the line equipment with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty on your solar panels and inverters plus flexible financing options to help you achieve the benefits of solar energy within your budget.

  1. Keep you informed and stay on schedule.

Icon Solar establishes itself as a thought leader in the industry by providing up-to-date information about solar energy. We inform our customers about changes in policies and reach out to them to make sure they are aware of how anything could affect them.

  1. Continue to be loyal to you and provide great service after the sale.

Our service is far from done after installation. As mentioned, we make sure you are aware of any changes but also, we are here to celebrate with you as you receive your incredibly low energy bills.

We look forward to working with you and sharing our services and solar expertise.