Southern Lights is passionate about energy efficiency, proper lighting, preserving the environment and promoting renewable energy. We are a full-service solar integration and electrical contracting company. Since 2007 Southern Lights, LLC has helped southern Illinois to harness solar energy for powering homes and small businesses, lighting yards and pathways, even lighting mausoleums and helping to pump fresh drinking water to campers in obscure locations where electricity is not available.
License electricians who understand the science of electricity both the AC and DC principles. We follow strict National Electrical Codes (NEC code) and complete projects in a neat and timely manner; reflecting our dedication to the success of sustainable energy.
Our licensed electricians use only the highest quality solar panels, equipment and hardware. We provide quality and NEC code compliant systems that conform to local utility companies’ installation and power grid connection regulations. We do it right to insure peak performance.
We know our business! Fixing problematic or improperly installed solar systems by
We do not offer a one-size-fits-all equipment solution, which is great because every home/business is different. For a roof-mounted system we look at your home/business, your roof ‘s integrity, its structure and square footage and we look at your surrounding land/acreage for the possibility of a land mounted system. All the while taking into account your personal solar goals. We will customize a system specifically to meet your particular needs and wants.
Installed on all our systems is a monitoring system that reveals the progress and performance of your panels in real time. A computer and internet connection is required. With this technology, you can also see how much money the panels are saving you, as well as the effect your solar system is having on the environment.
Besides all the environmental benefits that solar brings, plus the savings on your monthly bills for power consumption and the high return on your investment it is easy to see why so many people have made the leap over. The price to invest and buy solar panels is lower than ever before and federal tax credits may cover up to 30 percent of the cost. We help you obtain these insentives every step of the way. Most customers who buy a solar panel system typically see a return on their investment in less than 10 years.
DO NOT get caught unprepared from the effects of unpredictable weather and unforeseen power outages. Or do you need a recharger for your battery backup solar system? A standby generator goes on - automatically - protecting you and your home 24/7. Generators are farely economical and are a great way to protection you and your family against possible power outages.
Ameren business customers, we can assist you in reducing your lighting costs, brighten your space and help you take advantage of ACTON Energy rebates. A simple evaluation of your business by our ACTON Energy representative and you could have better and brighter lighting for about half the cost you were paying for lessor light. Contact us for an Ameren ACTON Energy evaluation!
Caitlyn MacKenzie's story is a tragic story about the importance of electrical safety and properly bonding outdoor spaces. Caitlyn received a fatal electric shock when she touched a pool side lamp while damp from swimming in her family's pool. Our licensed electricians have extensive training in proper wiring methods needed in safe wiring of swimming pools, hot tubs, boat docks, and outdoor spaces. Educate yourselves and those you love to save your family from tragedy!
Always an advocate of energy savings we welcomed the new wave of lighting innovations and are experts in energy efficient lighting and green lighting technology. We are all about helping people see better, save money and using less energy.
Fill your space with brilliant, non-electric light. DayStar Natural Lighting System is a skylight using a technologically designed parabolic dome for gathering natural light. The best way to save energy, invest in natural lighting with DayStars!
We stand behind our work! We back our work with a minimum one year warranty. We stand behind our work and respond to our customers immediately. We provide excellent customer service!
It’s important to understand that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to estimating the cost of installing a solar system. Solar panel installation cost depends on multiple factors, including:
There are many different tax incentives, subsidies and financing and billing solutions at the state and local levels that can make going solar more affordable. To see if you are eligible for renewable energy incentive programs, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency® (DSIRE®), website. Better yet, contact us direct at 618 964-1980 and talk to one of our team members or fill in the "See if solar is right for you webform" or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also qualify for a U.S. federal residential renewable energy income tax credit. If you purchase your solar system, you are eligible for the solar ITC, which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The full solar ITC is available to home solar owners through 2019. It drops to a 26 percent deduction in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021. After that, the residential ITC is due to expire unless Congress decides to extend it.
Once you get an estimate for the cost of your solar power system, you should subtract what you’ll save on your utility bill over time and the incentives offered by your utility company and state government. Then you’ll have a better understanding of how going solar will impact your finances. We will assist you in every step along the way!
Also, remember that the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” which diffidently applies to solar. Not all solar systems and installers are alike. The durability, reliability, and efficiency of solar panels can vary widely, a well as the competency of installers. Remember we became involved in solar because of competitor's improper installation and their poor customer service. Southern Lights uses the highest quality panels available based on your solar goals.
Ultimately, the easiest way to answer your “How much does solar cost” question is to give Southern Lights a call at 618 964-1980 or fill in and submit "See if solar is right for you webform". We’ll help you get an estimate for your home or business. When you call or submit our solar estimate form, ask about the technology we use, the monitoring software, our past installations and our maintenance plans. It’s important to ask questions! We will happily answer all of your questions to the best of our ability. Take the next step and see if solar is right for you.
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At the heart and soul of the business is Steven Johnson. Described by a client as "A man who greets you with a kind smile and a good, firm handshake." Steven is following his dream after a 22-year career as an industrial electrician for a large industrial complex in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Trouble shooting and fixing complex electrical systems to keep the 28-acre industrial complex working at peak performance was Steven's training ground to becoming a master electrician. As a conservation minded individual Steven opened an energy efficient lighting business; selling and installing efficient lightening solutions. His dedication to customer service and excellent workmanship helped his lighting business grow. But soon his reputation as a problem solver spread throughout the community and region. He started receiving phone calls to repair faulty solar systems and perplexing electrical problems. Southern Lights is now known and respected as the "expert" in repairing, designing and installing solar energy systems and solving and fixing hard to diagnose electrical problems in southern Illinois. As a known expert, Steven has been called upon to provide testimony in court dealing with electrical arch blast injuries and faulty NEC coding. Southern Lights, LLC; Steven's initial lighting business has evolved into a premier energy servicing business.
Licensed master electrician and "expert" designer, installer and repairer of solar energy systems and solver of hard to diagnose electrical problems. He weathers the elements to bring environmental benefits to humanity.
Pat (destine to beome a famous inventor) is Steven's right hand man, youngest son and a valuable member of our energy team.
Jared is the newest member of the team; helping in all aspects of the business. He is a valuable member of our alternative energy team.
Retired as a web developer for SIUC and sitting in front of a computer all day, she now, weathers the elements to help bring environmental benefits to humanity. She's also taken over the administrative duties and lends support where needed.
Nov. 14, 2018 -Steven and Jeeanette Johnson attended the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, 25th anniversary, held in Chicago, Illinois. Greenbuild serves as a flagship event for sustainability professionals and offers a forum for the green movement and solar community. By attending this conference, Steven brings to his community a better understand of its role in protecting and perserving the natural environment and leveraging the builting environment to: enhance human health and wellbeing, mitigate climate change, protect our ecosystems, and champion sustainable designs. Johnson's comment to the future of our planet, and the sustainable practices of solar is more than a calling, he feels it is a solemn responsibility.
Feb. 20 - 22, 2018 -Johnson trained in newest advanced home battery backup power systems in Appleton, WI. Steven A. Johnson, owner of Southern Lights, LLC, a certified, full-service solar integration and electrical contracting company in Carbondale, IL attended the OutBack Power NABCEP-registered Certificate Training Program during February 20th and 22nd at Werner Electric in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The three-day accelerated training focused on all aspects of energy storage-based systems for home battery backup power systems for living off the grid or where solar energy net metering is not offered in conjunction with their local electricity supplier. (Net metering allows consumers who generate electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated and without an increase cost of Kwatt hours imposed by their local electricity supplier.
The training included system concepts, technologies and planning, designing, programming, commissioning, testing, and including new GridZero and Advanced Battery Charging technologies.