Eastern Iowa’s Only Solar Provider With Production Guarantees

Rabe Hardware is Eastern Iowa’s most trusted solar contractor for providing honest, high quality, residential and commercial solar panel sales and installation. Solar panels can generate enough electricity from the sun to give you energy independence, increase your home or business’s value while reducing your impact on earth.  If you’re near Blairstown or in Eastern Iowa and are ready to invest in solar power with a new solar panel installation, call Rabe Hardware to help you every step of the way!


Don’t be fooled by deceptive pricing tactics. 

Beware of contractors promising the LOWEST cost per watt!

This misleading tactic leads many to believe they’re getting the lowest installation cost; but what’s really going on, is the contractor is lowering their panel’s output rating.  This results in a system design that requires more panels which actually costs more to install and maintain.

For upfront, honest solar pricing call Rabe Hardware!


Guaranteed Durability & Reliability

Rabe Hardware offers the most durable and reliable solar panels built today.  Designed and tested to withstand the harshest conditions (hail storms, water exposure, wind and snow loads) while  providing the maximum power output year after year.

Guaranteed Long-term Energy Production

Not all solar panels are created equal.  Here at Rabe Hardware we only offer high quality solar panels that deliver long-term energy production for each and every customer. Maximize your return on investment with worry-free performance.

Solar Panel Performance Guarantee

  • 20-year product workmanship warranty
  • 25-year linear performance guarantee
  • At least 97% of nominal power in the first year
  • Guaranteed maximum performance reduction of only 0.7% per year
  • Guaranteed performance of 90% after 11 years
  • Guaranteed performance of 80.2% after 25 years

Why Solar? Why Now?

Now is the time!  Homeowners who are still waiting to install a solar power system may be missing out. By making the switch to solar now, you’ll maximize the financial benefits of rebates, tax credits and other incentives.  Plus – lower operating costs will pay for the system within 5-7 years.  When it comes to going solar, there’s no good reason to wait!

Get The Facts on Solar

Solar FAQ's

Your current monthly energy use and the size of your system will determine your actual savings amount. How much you save depends on a number of factors such as; daily hours of direct sunlight, system size, performance, your average energy usage as well as any applicable solar credits, tax incentives, and current solar energy buyback (net metering) rates offered by your utility company.

The recommended size of your system depends on your energy usage, the available area to install solar panels and on how much electricity you intend to produce. System design and production estimates can easily be calculated by one of our solar experts during a free site assessment.

The superior design of solar panels makes them highly durable. Lack of moving parts is one reason why solar panels are very durable. Carefully designed for exterior use, solar panels are able to withstand wide ranges of temperatures, weather conditions, and outside factors. They are rigorously tested to stay strong against tree limbs, hail traveling at 50 mph and more.

If your solar panels become covered after a snowstorm, don’t panic. Typically snow covered solar panels ‘self-clear’ quite well on the next sunny day. On an annual basis, the amount of energy production loss due to snow is fairly minor.

As a safety precaution, inverters and panels automatically power down during a grid outage to protect utility line workers. When power is restored through the grid lines, your solar system will automatically power on.

Solar installations can help reduce or nearly eliminate your electricity bill however, utility grid-tied installations will always maintain a base monthly meter fee for interconnection service. Avoiding meter fees and eliminating your utility bill all together is achievable with an off-grid solar system that incorporates battery energy storage.

While the idea of cutting ties with the electric company may seem romantic, in reality, it is anything but practical except for very specific cases (generally when utility power is not available and prohibitively expensive to install).

Typically, utility grid-tied solar installations have the greatest financial return and can benefit from net metering, a billing mechanism which allows solar producers to earn credit from the utility for excess solar production to apply for future use when the sun’s not shining.

Typically, damage to your solar equipment should be covered by your property insurance policy. However, it’s wise to advise your insurance agent of your solar installation and review your policy’s coverage in case a special endorsement is needed.

Federal and state tax credits are currently available for homeowners and businesses to promote energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and lessen pollution.

Iowa offers a tax credit equal to 50% of the federal solar tax credit of 30%. Both can be claimed on your yearly tax returns for after a solar installation was completed on your home. Individuals and businesses are eligible for a state tax credit up to a maximum of $5,000. Any excess credit (i.e., if your credit reduces your tax burden below $0) may be carried over for up to ten years.

New solar owners in Iowa must apply online by May 1st of the year after installation. Each year, the state has a $5 million cap for all tax credits, but timely applications will be put on a waiting list for the next year’s limit. Once your application is approved, a tax credit certificate will be mailed to you.

Solar panels generally require very little maintenance since there are no moving parts. A few times a year, the panels should be inspected for any dirt or debris and connections checked. Always make sure you are safety conscious when inspecting panels and don’t take any needless risks!

Call Rabe Hardware for annual or corrective maintenance as required.

The best way to assure your project is performing at its best is through a solar panel monitoring system. Monitoring systems provide data on the electrical output of your solar system. You can track this data over time to calculate degradation of your panels. Monitoring systems also provide a notification if there is a malfunction or damage.

All Rabe Hardware solar installations are outfitted with live monitoring that gives real-time output, accessible from any web-enabled device so you can make sure your panels are always producing and performing at maximum capacity.

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  • Thanks for doing such a good job.  Everyone was conscientious about their quality of work.  I gave your name and number to several people who liked what they saw and I told them you were fair and honest to work with.  I hope you get some additional business from this. Thanks again.–Ted Finch (Cedar Rapids,IA)

  • I love the Geo!  If by chance I would build again, you would my first call for all geothermal, plumbing and electric. The people at Rabe Hardware are the nicest, hardworking people I have ever worked with. You guys have been great with my Mom & Dad and that means a lot to me. You have a five star business.  No more buying propane or cutting wood for me! Thanks again.–Kelly Posusta (Douds,IA)

  • My wife and I wanted to pass along a big Thank You to you and your company.  We couldn’t be more happy with what we have.  From start to finish the process was extremely smooth.  The first time I met with Jake to talk about the Geothermal I was really clueless about the entire system but Jake broke it down into simple terms and in the end there was no doubt in our minds that we were going to go with the Geothermal system.  The scheduling process was smooth as was the communication with the guys on the jobsite. Coming from a homeowner who was acting as the General on his own home, this was very helpful.    They were all very easy to talk to and were very accommodating to our requests, not to mention they were clean and picked up after themselves.  Thank you again for everything, we sure appreciate it.–Matt & Alicia Hayes (Cedar Rapids, IA)

  • Matt was very knowledgeable, helpful and great to deal with–especially appreciate Rabe accommodating our needs to get the old AC unit disconnected so we could do some landscaping before the install the next day. The 3 guys who did the install were great too, efficient and thorough in cleaning up, etc, and showing us how to use the new thermostat. Thanks so much!–John & Dawn Stoakes (Dysart, IA)

  • We would like to thank every person at Rabe Hardware for the pleasant and professional work we received in the installation of heating, plumbing, and electrical contracting.  We constructed a new home in 2005, after visiting with Jake Rabe.  We took his suggestion and installed a Geothermal unit.  The unit surpassed all expectations, both in comfort and low operating cost.  Help with electrical and plumbing installation was great. The products are quality, the staff super and service exceptional.  It was a very good experience.–Denny & Wendy (Keystone, IA)

  • I love my air conditioner!! I wish I would have had it installed sooner. It runs so quietly and boy does it cool things down quickly. The guys from Rabe were fantastic. Very professional and friendly. One of the parts was wrong so they had to make a trip to get the right one and then it got to be about 4 and I asked if they were done for the day and they said, you don’t have air yet, so they stuck around and finished up the job instead of coming back the next day. The next day a tech came out to check the AC to make sure everything was working properly and then a few days later I received a follow up call asking how everything was working. The guys at Rabe’s are great!!– Stephanie Hofmaster (Newhall, IA)