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April 2017: Rochester Solar

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts, Residential | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in News and Notes Posts, Residential, Solar Facts | 0 comments

  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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StraightUp Spotlight – Charles Melton, Jr.

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in News and Notes Posts, Tribal News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Commercial, In the News, News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

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!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Commercial, In the News, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

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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Share Your Solar Smile

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts, Tribal News | 0 comments

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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Explore Solar Energy! 2016 Solar Tour

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in In the News, News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

Over 130 homes and businesses all across Illinois are hosting Solar Tour Open Houses this weekend on Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM-3 PM. Solar tour hosts include homeowners, small businesses, farms, and schools who have gone solar.  They are opening up their doors to the public to share their experiences of being solar-powered, and all have a unique perspective to share. Go to and find a site (or many) to visit near you! We are proud to support the Illinois Solar Energy Association’s efforts to promote promote...

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August 2016: Valmeyer Solar

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

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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Meet Us in the Metro East!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

Join us for an upcoming solar open house   Solar Energy Night at the Mascoutah American Legion Hall Notice something different around the neighborhood? Your neighbors are going solar! Meet us at the Mascoutah American Legion Hall on Monday, August 8th at 6PM to learn about solar energy for your home. Enjoy a special presentation by Mike Hornitschek, local solar homeowner who loves being...

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