Icon Solar No. 1 on 2019 Kentucky Top Solar Contractors List
The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Milford-based solar firm
MILFORD, OH, July 24, 2019—With renewable energy expected to be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years, local solar installer Icon Solar is happy to be contributing to the country’s energy mix. Icon Solar has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its installation efforts, achieving first place in 2019 Top Kentucky Solar Contractors and listed as one of the top 150 residential solar companies on the magazine’s 2019 Top Solar Contractors list.
Icon Solar customer Daryl was interviewed for an article in the most recent issue of Natural Living Journal, Vol. 4.3. You can find it in the Louisville area’s health food stores like Whole Foods and Rainbow Blossom, or you can download it at their website.
We made it in the news again over the Muncie Star Press! This time, it’s due to our success with Solarize ECI. Here’s the excerpt which mentions us:
Solarize Indiana sent out requests for proposals to solar companies in the Midwest, looking at reliability, product quality, tenure in business and lowest group pricing. From those companies, Solarize ECI chose to work with Icon Solar, Cincinnati.
More than 40 homeowners in East Central Indiana have installed solar panels through Solarize ECI, receiving group pricing 20 percent below what they would have to pay if they didn’t go through Solarize ECI.
Our co-owner Zach guests on the Solar Power World’s podcast, talking about our pricing transparency. We aim to be honest and forthright about the cost of solar.
Here’s an excerpt from the writeup:
Icon Solar Power (No. 273 on the 2018 Top Solar Contractors list), based in Ohio, takes the most transparent route when it comes to solar pricing, but it didn’t start off that way. Zach Wieber, director of operations, said Icon Solar initially shied away from giving price information up front because it feared prospective customers wouldn’t see solar benefits past the price tag.
For a sample of what the cost of one of our systems might look like, see our breakdown.
Our co-owner Zach Wieber and one of our customers Margie Rife appear on the J.S. Brown & Co.‘s Above Grade podcast. Learn a bit about Zach, how grid-tied solar works, and what you might expect to pay for solar. Easily share with friends!
That’s why Icon Solar has been chosen to be a trusted partner in so many Solarize programs. We’ve been operating in Bloomington and Muncie Solarize and have recently been chosen for Solarize in the Greater Cincinnati area and, most recently announced, the Indianapolis area. These programs educate the public on solar while offering friendly competition among multiple solar companies and great customer options.
You might have seen Icon Solar’s co-owner Zach Wieber in CityBeat’s City Living, talking about solar power. Stephen Novotni writes in “Solar power offers an efficient alternative to the grid” about the benefits and misconceptions of solar power, interviewing experts on solar. One was Zach, and the other was architect and interior designer Krista Atkins Nutter.
“What we’re doing is just reallocating money that you are already spending. It’s not a cost,” Zach assures in the article. “What you’re doing is taking money that you’re already spending with [your utility company] and spending it somewhere else. How much is what you’re doing now going to cost you? You’re paying your electric bill because you’ve never had a choice.”
Tesla, Inc. began development of their Powerwall in 2012, and started production of their first generation version in 2015. Since then, they have developed the Powerwall 2, with increased capacity, and an option for a built-in inverter. The batteries are made of lithium ion, and are designed to “provide energy storage for solar self-consumption, load shifting and backup power” – Tesla. The first generation was rated at 6.4 kWh, with a 3.3 kW peak and continuous power output, while the Powerwall 2 is rated at 13.5 kWh with a peak power of 7kW, and a continuous power output of 5kW. The cost of the Powerwall 2 is listed at $6,200 on Tesla’s web site (includes battery and supporting hardware). The web site also estimates installation costs ranging from $800 to $2,000 (plus tax and permit fees). Tesla also produces the Powerpack, a battery for commercial applications; the Powerpack 2 has a capacity of 200 kWh.
CINCINNATI (November 24, 2015) – Icon Solar recently partnered with Cryogenic Equipment & Services’ (CES) North American headquarters on a significant solar panel installation project. The project began in September 2015 and took about six weeks to secure the electrical and building permits. The complete panel installation took about 10 days. The total system features 474 solar panels that will produce over 155,000 Kwh of energy annually, and covers the entire south side of the facility’s roof.