Chicago, IL

Our experience ensures we will design the right solution for your business needs. Having installed the largest commercial PV and solar thermal systems in Illinois, we have an excellent reputation with customers. builders, architects, municipalities and industry experts.

Business owners are some of our most enthusiastic customers because solar saves them money now and gives them the freedom to shape their business’s energy future. Generous government incentives make solar affordable and Solar Service makes it easy to receive these incentives by preparing necessary paperwork for rebates and grants.

Many of our commercial solar systems have received considerable press coverage including TV, newspaper, magazine and Internet features. In fact The World's Largest Laundry and Taco Burrito King have both received international attention!

So, what is best for your company?

Heavy users of hot water such as multi-family homes, restaurants, laundromats, gyms and car washes can benefit the most from solar hot water systems!  The technology is 70% efficient and is a perfect commercial solution against rising energy expenses! Why spend your budget on natural gas when free energy strikes your roof every day? A Solar Service Representative can help you size a system that meets your needs, keeping ROI and budgetary goals in mind. 

All businesses are great candidates for PV. By examining your electric usage, we will recommend a system that reduces your electric bills, builds company pride and shows customers and vendors that you are doing your part in reducing demand for conventional electricity.

Manufacturing - Des Plaines, IL (PV)

Solar Service installed a 152.75 kilowatt array at this 200,000 square foot facility.  The array has the ability to generate 170,000 kilowatt hours per year, about 10% to 15% of the total power for the plant.  The array consists of 650 Sharp 235-watt panels, taking up 20,000 square feet of roof space, feeding into two Satcon Powergate 75 inverters.  The flat roof racking is from Sunlink, an award winning PV mounting that allows for unimpeded roof drainage, and wind-loads the array up to 90 MPH winds while only adding three pounds per square foot to the roof.  NOTE:  the 200kW system was turned on in September 2014 and details are forthcoming.


Municipality - Oak Park, IL (PV)

Solar Service installed a 100 kilowatt array on a structural galvanized steel frame on the top parking deck of a six-story parking garage.  Solar Service worked with Larson Engineering to design the steel frame, and managed its construction with steel fabricator Waukegan Steel and steel erector Metropolitan Steel.  The array has the ability to generate 106,000 kilowatt hours per year, about 15% to 20% of the total power for the garage.  The array consists of 390 SolarWorld 245-watt modules across 6,600 square feet of steel frame.  The power is fed to 12 SMA inverters, six SMA 6000’s and six SMA 8000’s.  The aluminum racking attached to the steel frame is from IronRidge, an extruded aluminum mounting.  

Learn more about this array! 


Watch a time lapsed video of the construction of the racking system!  


Manufacturing - Chicago, IL (PV)

Solar Service designed and installed an 86.4 kilowatt array comprised of 360 Sharp-240 watt modules, 60 of which were mounted as a functional awning on the front of the building and 300 more on two roof areas on the South side of the facility.  This array comprises one of the largest commercial PV arrays in Illinois.  Solar Service worked directly with the owners and wrote the State of Illinois grant which allowed them to capture a 30% cash incentive.  The array has the ability to generate approximately 96,500 kilowatt hours per year for the plant’s electrical use.  The 3-phase 240-volt power is fed to six SMA7000 inverters and six SMA5000 inverters.  The racking used for the awning mount was from Schletter, and the ballasted pans for the roof mounts was from Unirac.  



Retail - Chicago, IL 

Solar Service installed a 23.04 awning mounted array on this urban grocery store, making this array one of the largest privately-owned retail store arrays in the Midwest.  Solar Service worked with the store’s awning designer, Antonio Fanizza Associates, to devise the method for mounting 96 SolarWorld 240-watt modules to the awning’s steel frame.  The array has the ability to generate approximately 20,000 kilowatt hours per year for the store’s electrical use.  The 3-phase 240-volt power is fed to two SMA7000 inverters and one SMA5000 inverter.  The aluminum racking attached to the steel frame is from IronRidge, an extruded aluminum mounting.  To mitigate the shade from the street lampposts, Tigo DC maximizers were added to each module.

And, like many solar owners, Chris Dallas got some nice press about the project.  "Sunny Future for HarvesTime Foods" by Patty Wetli, Center Square Journal,   



Restaurant - Niles & Chicago, IL (Solar Hot Water)

“About four years ago we started looking to the sun to reduce energy costs. We discovered solar would be a huge help monetarily and also for the atmosphere."

Salvador Lamas
Owner of Taco Burrito King Restaurant, Electrical Engineer

  • Has two solar restaurants, located in Chicago and Niles, IL and a residential solar system
  • Each commercial solar system can heat 600 gallons of water daily


Laundromat - Berwyn, IL (Solar Hot Water) 

"It's such a good idea business-wise and conservation-wise that they should make it the law."

Tom Benson
Owner of the World’s Largest Laundromat

  • Located in Berwyn, IL
  • Solar system can heat over 2,400 gallons of water daily with 36 panels


For more information about how your business can benefit from solar, Contact a Solar Representative today!