Family Owned & Operated Since 2010


After 25 years as a commercial electrician, Norm Johnson suddenly faced a serious health crisis. Following multiple surgeries, he faced the truth: it was time to pivot from the physical demands of heavy construction. The year was 2010 and solar was just starting to make headlines. The more Norm learned about this smart energy solution, the more he realized its significance. The mechanics of solar came easily to this Sandwich native given his electrical experience.

Norm named his company Independence Renewable Energy. His goal then remains the same today: to help people become more energy resilient by becoming more energy independent.

“Knowledge opens up options,

and options lead to freedom.”

-Norm Johnson, founder of

Independence Renewable Energy

Today, Independence Renewable has a team of solar experts along with an in-house electrical division. Located in Sandwich, Illinois, we’re on a mission to share our expert knowledge with people in local communities. Renewable energy will most likely never be our only source of energy. There will almost always be a blend of fossil, wind, solar and biomass. Solar, however, is rapidly growing, building our resiliency for a time in the future when the grid is not there.

Independence Renewable is a family-owned and operated business with the latest technology, installation techniques and lifetime customer service to inspire energy independence.

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