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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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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December 2016: Home Nursery Now Grows Solar!

December 2016: Home Nursery Now Grows Solar!

Home Nursery, Inc, is a wholesale nursery grower based in Albers, Illinois with a 95-year history of producing high-quality horticultural products for customers large and small throughout the Midwest. Throughout the latter half of 2016, Home Nursery added 10 new solar electric (PV) systems to buildings and ground sites around the farm’s production facility footprint. The total rated power capacity of the 10 combined solar energy systems is 556 kilowatts DC. The annual solar energy production from these 10 systems is calculated to be...

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August 2016: Valmeyer Solar

August 2016: Valmeyer Solar

David B of Valmeyer, Illinois had been thinking about going solar for a long time. His reasoning wasn’t unusual for an engineer…he “could see all that energy from the sun reaching his roof and then just wasting away as accumulated heat!” According to David, seeing our Solar Booth at the 2016 St. Louis Home Show is what led his remedy to become a reality. Today he and his family have a 14,000 Watt system (most of the array doesn’t appear in the photo). And just like our own in-house engineer, he enjoys watching...

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July 2016: St. Peters Remove & Replace

July 2016: St. Peters Remove & Replace

One hot day this summer, after a round of roughly palm-sized hailstones rained down on his neighborhood, Jim B. of St. Peters, Missouri noticed that his roof had sustained some damage. Thankfully the solar panels were fine, protected by their tough upper layer of tempered glass. Jim received a 9,880 Watt system in 2014 at his home which provides more than 75% of his home’s energy consumption annually, reducing his electric bills by more than $250 during the hottest months. Jim works in the energy industry and had always been interested...

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November 2015: Solar Makes Sense for the SUS Family

November 2015: Solar Makes Sense for the SUS Family

Dale & Jan Ritzel are the proud parents of Brent Ritzel, one of our bright Project Developers at StraightUp Solar. Dale, as Professor Emeritus of Health Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was motivated to go solar in order to ensure low utility expenses and provide benefits to the environment through clean energy generation. That dual rationale of environmental and financial benefits has driven Dale & Jan’s son Brent to become a vocal renewable energy advocate throughout his prestigious career, which includes...

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