Residential & Commercial Solar Services

Ready to start generating enough electricity to become energy independent and increase the value of your home or business all while reducing your impact on the environment? Rabe Hardware is Eastern Iowa’s most trusted solar contractor for both residential and commercial properties. Our experienced professionals and high quality products will give you everything you need to get started. Call Rabe Hardware today!


Durability & Reliability

Durability & Reliability

Even in the harshest of weather conditions, you can rely on our high quality solar panels. From wind and snow to rain and hail, you can rest easy knowing that our products are built to withstand the elements.

Long-term Energy Production

Long-term Energy Production

The solar panels offered by Rabe Hardware are designed to guarantee effective, long-term energy production. Maximize your return on investment with the reliable, worry-free performance of our solar panels!

Utility Net-metering

Utility Net-metering

By installing a solar system, you may be able to take advantage of utility net metering to guarantee a higher rate of return on your solar investment. Net Metering policies allow solar customers to share excess electricity with the utility company in exchange for a bill credit.

Real-time Monitoring

Real-time Monitoring

All solar systems installed by Rabe Hardware come standard with real-time monitoring. Track your energy generation and get notified if there is a malfunction or any damage with the system as soon as it occurs.

Types of Solar Systems

Roof Mount

Roof mounts are the most common type of solar panel installation. Panels attach directly to racks installed on the roof of your home or business and can accommodate flat or sloping roofs made of metal, shingle, or rubber materials.

ground Mount

If your property isn’t ideal for rooftop solar a ground-mount solar array can be installed wherever the conditions are best, given sufficient open space. Ground-mount arrays are installed in a fixed position using metal pilings driven into the ground.

Dual Axis Tracker

Dual axis trackers are positioned on a rotating axis which automatically follows the sun in order to get the most solar power out of your system. They provide unlimited flexibility, deliver great results and require minimal maintenance.

Manufacturer Information

Here at Rabe Hardware, we take our commitment to providing products and services that exceed your expectations seriously. As Eastern Iowa’s most trusted solar company, we are intent on providing top quality products that we feel confident will serve you for many years. That is why we only partner with the most reliable brands backed by the best warranties in the industry.

To learn more, use our drop-down list to download brand literature or contact one of our friendly sales associates who would be happy to help answer any of your questions.

Use the dropdown list to download helpful information from your manufacturer.

Tax Credits

30% Federal Tax Credit

Tax credits are for systems placed in service before 1/1/2033 and do not have to be installed at the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Flexible Financing

We offer flexible financing options to meet your needs and budget.

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Referral Program

Introduce us to your friends and you’ll both get a $50 Rabe Hardware Visa Gift Card.

3pt Promises

A Guarantee You Can Count On!

Providing a high level of customer service is at the core of everything we do here at Rabe Hardware and it starts with our 3 Point Promise, a company wide commitment to three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Reliability. Each one of these values define us as individuals and have become a company model that has built our reputation. If honesty, integrity and reliability are what you’re looking for – look no further.



This vicious storm passed through Iowa. Our house lost power. By the fourth day, every place I called had me looking at at least a week’s wait time for electricians to hook the meter back to the house. As I was sitting on our deck, I saw a Rabe Hardware truck drive by. Called them, and within an hour got a callback. They were just a few minutes away. Hours later, the job was done, and that night we had power again. Big shoutout to Rabe, I really appreciated the fast service.

Steven Perez

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. It surpassed all expectations, both in comfort and operating cost. The help with electrical and plumbing installation was great. The products are quality, the staff is superb, and the service exceptional. It was a very good experience.

Denny & Wendy

My wife and I started investigating the potential for a house solar system in late April. Jake and Rabe Hardware was one of several providers that we contacted for consideration. By far, they were the most responsive of all the companies we considered. They came to the house, got us educated, and provided a quote before most others even got back to us.

The Rabe price was the most competitive and provided the best solution, with high-quality components. Their team had our system (30 panels) installed in 4 hours while working with/around our roofer, who was finishing the installation of a new metal roof! They submitted and completed all of the paperwork and we are off and running!

Please consider Rabe first if you want a reliable, cost-effective solar solution done right!

Scott Wagner

This is the first time I have used Rabe Hardware. Allen and Josh installed a gas insert fireplace in my home yesterday. I could not have been happier. They were professional, polite, and most importantly, knowledgeable. I was so impressed that I will use them exclusively in the future.

Word of mouth is the best advertising which is how I came to find out about Rabe Hardware and is why I am writing this review. I promise you will not be disappointed using them.

Steve Bagenstos

My wife and I moved to Shellsburg, Iowa, this past summer. The home we purchased had solar panels that we knew nothing about. One of Rabe Hardware’s representatives stopped by not long after we moved in, as our panels were offline. He had us up and running in no time at all. He got us set up with the online app and gave a quick and easy tutorial.

Then, just days later, we found ourselves in the same situation as many in our area due to Hurricane Derecho. Jake Rabe and his team responded before anyone else! They laid out what needed to be done and completed it with the same speed and excellence as before.I am so impressed with this company, from the owner to all his team members.

Walter Malone



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