The Hawthorne Group is an emerging solar energy technology company specializing in the design and installation of rooftop solar systems, commercial solar systems, and utility-scale solar power plants, as well as the manufacturing of individual roof top solar electric power stations, solar street lamps, solar lanterns and solar water heating systems. With our extensive experience in solar technology and novel integrated sustainable home building solutions, our engineers are enabled to rapidly create customized solar energy solutions for large scale power plant installations.

We also offer consultation services for Electrical Design, Structural Design, Procurement of Materials, Bid Assistance and Construction Management in solar power installation. Our solar technology products like solar street lamp, roof top power station, solar street lamp and hot water systems can be customized for individual needs. These devices can be tailored for any locations worldwide. We incorporate some of the latest technologies in achieving high efficiencies and lowering the cost of our solar products.

Solar Development Services

  • Residential rooftop installations
  • Commercial installations
  • Utility Scale installations
  • Get a free quote on your solar installation

Residential Solar

  1. Free solar consultation
    We will make a free site visit to your residence and evaluate the space needs for the solar system and give you an analysis of your energy usage.
  2. Proposal
    Based on the assessment of the space and energy usage we will design a solar system that’s best for your home. The proposal will have such details as the cost of the system, how the system will be paid for, and the return on investment.
  3. Financing Options

    • Self-Finance
      Here, you are using your savings to fund the system cost. It makes sense to do this in today’s environment, when your savings account is only earning an interest rate of less than 1%, whereas a solar system can yield you returns upwards of 20%, when all benefits and rebates are factored in. But, not everyone may be in a comfortable cash position to adopt this option.
    • 100% bank loan finance
      You can obtain a bank loan to finance the system. Due to the low interest rates, this may make sense for a number of people. SMI can assist you in this process due to their extensive contact in the lending community. Of course, the interest on the loan is tax-deductible.
    • Smart loan finance
      This is similar to “100% bank loan finance” above, but here, you use all the incentives such as Federal tax credit, State cash grant, Solar Renewable Energy Credit etc. to pay down your loan. Thus, your solar loan will be paid off much faster in this case.
    • Lease purchase
      Here, you enter into a lease agreement either with SMI, or another leasing company. Your monthly payments on the lease will be less than your current electric bill. You will come up with a small down payment at the time of lease execution. At the end of a definite time period, such as 10 or 15 years, you pay a nominal amount, and take possession of your solar system.
    • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), the zero cost option
      In this case, you enter into a power purchase agreement with SMI for an extended period, such as 20 or 25 years, put no money down, and still enjoy payments lower than your current electric bill.
  4. Ownership Options

    • Full ownership
      In this case, you as the homeowner own the entire solar system. You finance the system one hundred percent, either with your own personal cash, or bank loan. SMI can assist you in securing this loan due to its various contacts in the lending community.
    • Lease to own
      In this case, you simply lease the solar system from us, and you do not own the system until the end of the lese period, when you pay a certain nominal amount and take possession of the system. Your lease payment will be less than our current monthly electric bill.
    • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
      In this case, you never take title to the system and thus “zero ownership!” You enter into a power purchase agreement with SMI, agreeing to a long-term contract to purchase power from SMI. This rate will be less than your current electric monthly bill rate.

Each of these choices have their own advantages, and disadvantages. For instance, maximum economic benefits are derived from full ownership, but this choice also requires you to come up with all the cash needed. The lease-purchase option requires a far less cash outlay from your end, but the benefits are also a bit less, since you do not get the benefits of tax credit etc. The PPA option requires the least amount of cash from your side, but you also forego benefits such as tax credit, SRECs’ cash benefits etc.

  1. System Design
    Solar Micronics will take care of everything for you. The designed system will comply with the National Electric Code and conform to local rules and regulations.
  2. Permits
    Solar Micronics will obtain the permits required for completion of the job. Upon obtaining the permits, we will order the materials for the job.
  3. System installation
    Once the solar panels and parts arrive at the site, our professional crew will commence installing your photovoltaic solar system. Our crew will arrive each day and work in a professional manner. The installation will take 3-5 days depending on size and complexity. The system is typically roof mounted. The racking system will be attached to the roof and the solar power panels are mounted on the racking system.
  4. System warranty and maintenance
    Upon completion of your solar system, you will receive a “Warranty Manual” this includes system drawings, warranty information, self-maintenance instructions, product specifications, and instructions on how to inspect your solar system for the best energy generation. Solar Micronics will assist with support of your system’s ongoing operation, address concerns throughout the warranty period.

How solar works

When sun’s rays strike a photovoltaic panel mounted on your roof, DC electricity is generated, which is then converted to AC electricity via an Inverter, and this AC electricity is then used for powering the loads in the house such as refrigerator, range, etc.

Any excess power generated is fed back into the grid. In this case, your meter will run backwards, and credit your account for all the electricity generated by your solar panes.

Solar and home value

By reducing monthly ownership costs, solar panels increase home value according to the Appraisal Institute, “solar electric systems increase home value by $20,000 for each $1,000 in annual reduced operating costs. Often, a solar system can recover much more than 100% of its cost and this percentage actually increase over time as electric rates rise”.

Commercial installations

  1. Free solar consultation
    We will make a free site visit to your residence and evaluate the space needs for the solar system and give you an analysis of your energy usage.
  2. Proposal
    Based on the assessment of the space and energy usage we will design a solar system that’s best for your home. The proposal will have
    such details as the cost of the system, how the system will be paid for, and the return on investment.
  3. Financing Options
    • Self-Finance
      Here, you are using your savings to fund the system cost. It makes sense to do this in today’s environment, when your savings account is only earning an interest rate of less than 1%, whereas a solar system can yield you returns upwards of 20%, when all benefits and rebates are factored in. But, not everyone may be in a comfortable cash position to adopt this option.
    • 100% bank loan finance
      You can obtain a bank loan to finance the system. Due to the low interest rates, this may make sense for a number of people. SMI can assist you in this process due to their extensive contact in the lending community. Of course, the interest on the loan is tax-deductible.
    • Smart loan finance
      This is similar to “100% bank loan finance” above, but here, you use all the incentives such as Federal tax credit, State cash grant, Solar Renewable Energy Credit etc. to pay down your loan. Thus, your solar loan will be paid off much faster in this case.
    • Lease purchase
      Here, you enter into a lease agreement either with SMI, or another leasing company. Your monthly payments on the lease will be less than your current electric bill. You will come up with a small down payment at the time of lease execution. At the end of a definite time period, such as 10 or 15 years, you pay a nominal amount, and take possession of your solar system.
    • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), the zero cost option
    • In this case, you enter into a power purchase agreement with SMI for an extended period, such as 20 or 25 years, put no money down, and still enjoy payments lower than your current electric bill.
  4. Ownership Options

    • Full ownership
      In this case, you as the homeowner own the entire solar system. You finance the system one hundred percent, either with your own personal cash, or bank loan. SMI can assist you in securing this loan due to its various contacts in the lending community.
    • Lease to own
      In this case, you simply lease the solar system from us, and you do not own the system until the end of the lese period, when you pay a certain nominal amount and take possession of the system. Your lease payment will be less than our current monthly electric bill.
    • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
      In this case, you never take title to the system and thus “zero ownership!” You enter into a power purchase agreement with SMI, agreeing to a long-term contract to purchase power from SMI. This rate will be less than your current electric monthly bill rate.

Each of these choices have their own advantages, and disadvantages. For instance, maximum economic benefits are derived from full ownership, but this choice also requires you to come up with all the cash needed. The lease-purchase option requires a far less cash outlay from your end, but the benefits are also a bit less, since you do not get the benefits of tax credit etc. The PPA option requires the least amount of cash from your side, but you also forego benefits such as tax credit, SRECs’ cash benefits etc.

  1. System Design
    Solar Micronics will take care of everything for you. The designed system will comply with the National Electric Code and conform to local rules and regulations.
  2. Permits
    Solar Micronics will obtain the permits required for completion of the job. Upon obtaining the permits, we will order the materials for the job.
  3. System installation
    Once the solar panels and parts arrive at the site, our professional crew will commence installing your photovoltaic solar system. Our crew will arrive each day and work in a professional manner. The installation will take 3-5 days depending on size and complexity. The system is typically roof mounted. The racking system will be attached to the roof and the solar power panels are mounted on the racking system.
  4. System warranty and maintenance
    Upon completion of your solar system, you will receive a “Warranty Manual” this includes system drawings, warranty information, self-maintenance instructions, product specifications, and instructions on how to inspect your solar system for the best energy generation. Solar Micronics will assist with support of your system’s ongoing operation, address concerns throughout the warranty period.

ROI, Cost/Rebates

Return on Investment (ROI)

Remember Solar System is not like a consumable asset such as a refrigerator, or range; it is an asset that produces a consumable item such as electric power. It is the ultimate in self-reliance, and enables you to free yourself from the clutches of the utility company, and protects you against the vagaries of varying fuel costs. Remember, your fuel is free, forever!

Any ROI calculation has to take into account the fact that unlike most investments where the ROI is calculated on a pre-tax basis, in the case of the solar installation, all your benefits are tax-free. Hence, an upward adjustment has to be made in the calculation of the ROI to bring it to pre-tax basis. Since one of the significant benefits of a solar installation is an immediate increase in appraised value, this value increase has to be taken into account in any ROI calculations. Since this value increase is based on real quantifiable benefits (vs. perceived benefit such as the pride or the pleasure of having a swimming pool in the backyard), it is unlikely to be subject to any appraisal challenges.

When the annual cost savings, plus appraised value increase are taken into consideration, along with federal, and state incentives, the ROI can be as high as 25%. All of this without computing a value for carbon emission reduction due to use of clean power! If a value for carbon emission reduction were to be imputed, the ROI can increase by as much as another 10%. Compare this with bank interest rates of less than 1% these days!

Cost
The cost of a solar system depends on a variety of factors including Shading, Azimuth, Rebates & Financing.

Rebates
Solar installations qualify for various rebates and incentives depending on where the installation occurs.

  1. US Federal Tax Credit: 30%
  2. State of Illinois Rebate: Up to 30%*
  3. SRECS: Subject to availability (call for details)

* Availability and conditions apply

Custom Designed and Built Solar Electric Power Plants

We custom design and build solar electrical power stations to supply 1 MW to 100 MW electrical power. These solar to electrical power generation systems use either photovoltaic solar cells or concentrated solar power by computer controlled heliostats to generate high temperature steam to drive electricity generating turbines.

Consultation services for solar project developers

  • Electrical design
  • Structural design
  • Procurement of materials
  • Bid assistance and
  • Construction management

Expertise in design & building concepts for:

  • The electrical power utility company to deliver electricity for a community
  • Hot water supply for individual or group housing
  • Solar street lamp on the lamp post or mounted on the exterior wall of a building
  • Individual solar power stations for individual homes

Free quote on your solar installation

For a free quote on your solar system, kindly scan a copy of your latest electric bill for your home or business, and we will design the system, and let you know of its probable costs, and the benefits.


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