April 2017: Rochester Solar

April 2017: Rochester Solar

Our April project of the month highlights Frank Sharpe of Rochester, IL. His family recently installed a 9.35 kW solar system. The system will produce approximately 12,270 kilowatt-hours during the first year of operation, which offsets 100% of their family’s annual electrical consumption. The Sharpe family shared, “We are excited about installing solar on our home and look forward to reaping the savings on our utility bills”. The Sharpe family will save an estimated $53,000 over the 25 year life of the system. In addition to...

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Ask The Solar Genius: Tips For New Builds

Ask The Solar Genius: Tips For New Builds

  Luke from Madison County asked, “I’m planning a new build and considering putting solar on my roof. What do I need to know?”      Thanks for your question Luke and happy to help.  I’ve developed a list of best practices:        Design large south (180 degrees) facing roof to optimize sunlight collection.  North facing exposures are not suitable for solar. East and west are also viable options. Reduce or eliminate obstructions on south/east/west...

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Solar Incentives Shining Brightly in Missouri and Illinois

ILLINOIS  Homeowners and businesses can reduce their system cost by 20% with Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECS). These cash payments are paid quarterly over 5 years and are akin to a rebate.  The amount paid is based on net metered production of the solar system.   Churches and schools in Illinois can save significant funds with Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Collectively known as “third-party ownership,” solar PPAs are a great way to start generating clean energy without up-front capital investment....

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StraightUp Spotlight – Charles Melton, Jr.

StraightUp Spotlight – Charles Melton, Jr.

This month we’re recognizing Charles Melton, Jr., StraightUp Solar Project Manager who always keeps us smiling as he keeps our solar projects on track for a timely completion.  Q: How long have you worked at StraightUp Solar? | A: Four years in August. Q: If you were part of a solar array, which part would you be, and why? | A: The monitoring system or the conduit – I can’t decide. I like the idea of being the operating system, but also the part (conduit) routing the system’s power. Q: What’s the scope of...

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February 2017: Vision Care Goes Solar

February 2017: Vision Care Goes Solar

Vision Care Associates, located in Swansea, Illinois, recently added 24.75 kilowatts (kW) of solar electric (PV) energy to the office of their well-regarded Optometry practice. StraightUp Solar is proud that Vision Care’s Dr. Michael Murphy, who also has solar at his home, chose to go with StraightUp’s full-service solar installation offering to meet the energy needs of his eye care practice. In fact, Vision Care Associates new solar array is expected to offset the entire electrical energy usage of Dr. Murphy’s office,...

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