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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Share Your Solar Smile

Share Your Solar Smile

In the spirit of sharing this month, we’d like to invite YOU to share your solar smile and share the wealth of owning your energy independence. We’re now offering a $500 award to you for anyone you refer to us who decides to go solar with StraightUp. Do you have friends, family, or neighbors who are lucky enough to have a great site for solar? Let them know that we are the most experienced local solar installation company with NABCEP certification and more than 600 happy “solar tribesfolk” to date! We always provide...

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Why Are My Inverters And Solar PV Array Not The Same Size?

Why Are My Inverters And Solar PV Array Not The Same Size?

A common question in solar is “Why are you installing a 260 watt solar module on a 215 watt microinverter?” Or for central inverters, “Why is my system a 9,000 watt system on a 8,000 watt inverter?” Solar modules don’t produce their nameplate (DC) rating even with perfect sunlight that is perfectly oriented to the modules — and even when this is approached, it’s for very limited times in very specific, short-term situations. When a solar modules nameplate says 300 watts, this means that in perfect conditions the...

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Top 5 Reasons to Install Solar Panels

Top 5 Reasons to Install Solar Panels

1) Take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit (FTC) for solar energy now: the 30% Federal Tax Credit for solar energy installation expires soon. 2) Electric prices are increasing rapidly. For example, Ameren Missouri has raised rates nearly 50% since 2007. Solar prices have plummeted more than 70% in the last 15 years. 3) Solar is important for energy, climate, and economic security. That’s why everybody is doing it! Within the next year in the U.S., another solar array will be added to the grid every 83 seconds. 4)  Lock in...

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Illinois’ New Incentive: Solar Renewable Energy Credits

Illinois’ New Incentive:  Solar Renewable Energy Credits

What is an SREC?   Solar electric system owners now have the opportunity to sell what’s known as the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) their solar array produces. The sale of these SRECs will allow solar owners to recover up to 20% of their system’s initial price tag. This is in addition to the 30% refund taxpayers already get as a credit against their federal taxes. To protect Illinois’s long-term energy supply and its natural environment, the State of Illinois is mandated to ensure that a certain proportion...

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Mehlville Schools Featured on FOX

Mehlville Schools Featured on FOX

StraightUp Solar has completed installing solar panels on the roof of five schools in the Mehlville school district. The Mehlville School Board approved a 20-year lease agreement for the five arrays. This means that StraightUp installs and maintains the systems, but Mehlville benefits from lower energy bills. Without any out-of-pocket expenses, Mehlville begins saving money on their electric bill immediately. “By realizing an estimated $130,000 in energy savings over the next 20 years, we’re not only being good stewards of our...

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SRECs can save you BIG money on your solar array!

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