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Check For Solar Incentives in Your Area!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Incentives, News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

There are a ton of solar energy incentives available right now. Here, we have compiled a current list together with key details to help you understand the potential for savings where you live. If you have any questions about these incentives, call us at 1 (844)-97-SOLAR, or fill out our online inquiry form. Empire Electric Solar Rebate $1/watt rebate for Empire Electric customers (Southwest Missouri) Generous rebate and the funds will go quickly $1/watt rebate reduces price by approximately 30%  Rebate paid by check after project...

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Illinois Solar Incentive Now Available

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in In the News, Incentives, News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

Illinois Solar Renewable Energy Credits can save you an additional 20% off your solar array!

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Empire Electric Solar Power Rebate

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in In the News, Incentives, News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

Southwest Missouri solar incentives are at an all-time high with a brand new $1 per Watt Empire District Electric Solar Rebate and a highly successful 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit.  These two benefits can offset the cost of the installation of solar panels by over 60%.  Those residing within the Empire Electric service zone (including Joplin, Branson, Springfield, and Webb City) can decrease the impact of rising electricity costs while creating sustainable power for up to 30 years.   Check out Empire’s announcement of this...

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

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

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 your...

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Empire Electric Solar Rebate Ruling: Low Cost Solar in SW Missouri

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in News and Notes Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Empire Electric Solar Rebate: Finally after several years of battling to get Empire customers their legally required solar rebates, the Supreme Court has ruled that Empire Electric must begin paying solar rebates as required by a 2008 state-wide ballot initiative.  Prop C – the Clean Energy Initiative, passed with 66% Missourian support. If you live in Southwest Missouri near cities such as Joplin, Branson, Springfield, or Webb City you should take advantage of this excellent rebate program and purchase solar panels for your home or...

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Illinois’ New Incentive: Solar Renewable Energy Credits

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in In the News, Incentives, News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) will use the Renewable Energy Resources Fund to purchase SRECs starting this summer. Solar electric systems which began producing electricity on or after January 21, 2015 are eligible to sell their SRECs beginning in June. (If you installed prior to this date, you can sell your SRECs in September).   What is an SREC? Solar electric system owners will shortly have the opportunity to sell what’s known as the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) their solar array produces. The upcoming sale of...

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Solar Panels Should Save District Over $200,000

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in In the News | 0 comments

Some 588 solar panels installed on six Meramec Valley R-III School District buildings began supplying electricity last week. The new 25-kilowatt solar power roof installations at Coleman, Nike, Truman and Zitzman elementary schools, along with Meramec Valley Middle School and Pacific High School, are expected to save the district $212,730 over the next 10 years. “Students, parents, faculty and staff in the district will have the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of the energy used to maintain daily school operations is produced on...

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Illinois Solar Tour Featured Project

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Illinois is hosting a statewide Solar Tour. The event is completely free and there is no registration required. Learn More Here!.  Stop on by the Southwestern region and you will find 5 StraightUp Solar projects.  We would like to thank the Belleville News Democrat for featuring two of these.   Metro-East Home and Business Tour Highlights Solar Energy BY WILL BUSS News-DemocratOctober 2, 2014 Updated 18 hours ago A home and a business in Swansea will be on display Saturday for those interested in learning about solar-powered...

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UBS Analysts: ‘Large-Scale Power Stations Could Be on a Path to Extinction’

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

Leading investment bank UBS says the payback time for unsubsidized investment in electric vehicles paired with rooftop solar and battery storage will be as low as six to eight years by 2020, potentially triggering a massive shift in the energy industry. “It’s time to join the revolution,” UBS wrote in a note to clients, in what could be interpreted as a pointed rejoinder to those governments and corporates that believe centralized fossil-fuel generation will continue dominate for decades to come. By 2030, according to UBS analysts, this...

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