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Aur Beck is passionate about renewable and solar energy, and he’s managed to find creative ways to turn that passion into a career. His company, Advanced Energy Solutions Group in Pomona, helps share the fruits of his labor with residential, commercial and industrial clients.

In just a couple of months’ time, AES Solar will be celebrating 20 years of bringing solar power to our region and helping its communities get empowered with energy independence. Over the years we’ve noticed some trends, and one of them is that spring is one of our busiest times of the year. Intense storms and high winds start knocking out power again, and at the same time. things start warming up and folks starting thinking about what their power bills are going to look like soon. Using solar power to save money while beating the heat is a no-brainer.

This spring, however, we expect to be even busier than usual. Illinois’ fantastic Solar Renewable Energy Credit program makes it easy to earn money just for owning solar panels, and more and more people are realizing this is a valuable investment to make. At the same time, this is the final year that the Federal Income Tax Credit for solar installations will repay 30 percent of the cost of equipment and installation. It will begin to sunset at the end of this year, so taxpayers will be able to recoup less and less starting in 2020.

It’s no secret that recent federal tariffs, and the resulting shortages, are already starting to drive up equipment prices. We are seeing a price increase of anywhere from 2 to 12 percent. Even though we get as much of our equipment as possible from domestic sources, the tariffs will eventually start affecting us too. However, we are committed to locking in our pricing for as long as it’s feasible in order to ensure our customers get the lowest prices.

All of this adds up to one simple fact: There has never been a better time to invest in your own solar array for your home and business, and there may never be a time like this again. It’s time to take the leap and spring into solar because you won’t be the only person trying to take advantage of the lowest prices and highest tax credits in history.

In preparation for the rush, we recently had a full semi of modules delivered. That’s 300 solar panels that we will be installing soon at local homes and businesses. We also have five shipping containers — another 4,186 modules — on order. Our plan is to stock up in anticipation of coming shortages and to do so at the lowest prices possible. Many of these modules are already spoken for, but it’s not too late to get your name on them too. Give us a call at 618-988-0888, visit aessolar.com, or email me directly at tech@aessolar.com, and we will make sure you get the best deal possible while you still can.

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Aur 'DaEnergyMon' Beck, is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer™ with AES Solar in Carterville and started educating himself about renewable energy as a teenager even before (at age 15) he moved into a camper in his parent's driveway to live off grid solar and ended up living off grid for 18 years. Aur understands that living how he does makes it very easy to advocate for a life of simpler living, energy efficiency and renewable energy. His name Aur (pronounced "or") means light or to enlighten in Hebrew. Can be reached at tech@AESsolar.com or 618-988-0888.

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