Add the Power of the Sun to Your Harvest

StraightUp Solar is the Ideal Energy Partner for your Farm or Agribusiness.

It’s what grows grains, ripens fruit, and looks over livestock. A bright sunny day means storms are at bay. It’s this same power farms are now leveraging into solar electricity.

Every size and type of farm is switching to solar power, from crops to livestock, community to industrial-sized.

In fact, StraightUp Solar recently completed the largest agricultural solar installation in Illinois. Today Home Nursery, a major midwest horticultural grower, boasts a solar system of nearly 2,000 panels, enough to generate 740,000 kWh per year or 100% of their total usage.

How Solar Power Works for Farms
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Array Location

Your outbuildings or on the ground. The sun’s rays hit your solar panels and generate DC electricity

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Inverter

One or more make the DC electricity available for immediate use by converting it to the AC used by your farm’s electric system.

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Powering your farm

Your solar generation goes directly to power your lights, equipment, etc. Solar does not change the way you use electricity—you just pay less to power your milking equipment, grain dryers, lights and fans, and other equipment.

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Net metering

Any unused solar electricity is sent to the grid. When solar generation cannot meet your demand, you draw what you need from the grid. From most utilities, you receive a credit for what you put on the grid and draw this down when you take from the grid.

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Peace of Mind

The solar panels have no moving parts and require virtually no maintenance for their entire 25-year guaranteed production. The inverter requires replacement typically at 10-15 years, but it can be purchased with an extended warranty.

Why Solar Makes Sense for Agribusiness
Solar electricity is a ‘natural’ fit for agribusiness with so much open ground and roof space.
  • Improves cash flow by lowering the cost of operations.
  • Right now, the switch is supported by significant government incentives:
    • Federal 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) - turns tax liability into a capital investment.
    • Federal five-year MACRS depreciation
    • Competitive annual USDA REAP Grants (funding up to 25% of project cost).
    • Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) cash payments available in Illinois.
  • Fosters energy independence for your farm by stabilizing the electricity rate
  • An investment that helps keep the farm in the family for the next generation.

Why Switch to Solar Power Now?

Solar panel prices have reached an all-time low, which is likely unsustainable as US trade policy changes. Likewise, major tax incentives are available now, while the future of the federal tax code is uncertain. (Solar arrays are now even being heralded as a small player in the urgent need to restore bee colonies*.)

* http://www.beeculture.com/can-solar-sites-help-save-bees/

StraightUp Solar is the Ideal Energy Partner for your Farm or Agribusiness.

We are a small business operating in, and staffed by, people from rural Illinois and Missouri. Several of our team members have a family background in farming. Our hard-fought experience and expertise comes from more than 1,000 solar energy systems installed under the same ownership in the same region for over a decade.

Active participation in the Amicus Solar Cooperative makes us better. Amicus is a network of over 30 local, quality-conscious, and clean energy-committed installers from around the U.S. Through Amicus we share lessons learned, best practices, and cooperative buying power.

StraightUp Solar serves agribusinesses across most all of Illinois and Missouri. Our unique expertise provides true value to agribusinesses interested in solar energy:

In-house crews with unparalleled pride in workmanship
Ten-year workmanship & production warranties
In addition to panel manufacturer's 25-year production guarantee
Ongoing re-evaluation of design & build practices, latest equipment, and efficient processes
Designs based on the client’s unique goals, demands, and constraints
Solar education that empowers the farmer’s decision-making process
Online real-time Production Display to track your system’s results

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StraightUp Solar guides you every step of the way.

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StraightUp Solar is a fully insured, licensed, & Illinois state-certified, turnkey solar EPC firm staffed by our own in-house licensed electrician and NABCEP-certified professionals to provide the highest quality agricultural solar energy systems.