News and Notes

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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Solar Energy – Changing Minds & Providing Solutions

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made the decision to go solar with us throughout the past 9 years and helped us inspire a solar tribe!

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November 2015: Solar Makes Sense for the SUS Family

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

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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October 2015: Local Entrepreneurs Drive on Sunbeams!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

Our newest members of the Tribe, Kathy and Bill from St. Louis, are longtime conservationists and have sought out creative ways to reduce their environmental footprint. They enjoy spending time outdoors with family in the Mark Twain National Forest and have successfully experimented with sustainable building techniques by building Cob houses in Missouri and developing countries. Kathy and Bill also have an entrepreneurial streak and have an interest in promoting new technology married to age-old principles. They began a successful liqueur...

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September 2015: Energy Independence in Missouri

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

A new 9.9 kiloWatt (kW) solar energy array came online in eastern Missouri during the bright sunny days of summer this year and the proud owner, Steve, is happy to contribute his solar kilowatt hours (kWhs) to offset his home’s usage and traditional fossil fuel generation on the electric grid.  Our newest addition to the Solar Tribe had multiple reasons for going solar, shaped by his time in the United States Navy and his fascination with advanced technology. On renewable energy Steve recalls coming back to the US and realizing the...

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Mike Hornitschek on Missouri’s Energy Plan

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in In the News | Comments Off on Mike Hornitschek on Missouri’s Energy Plan

Click here to listen to Mike Hornitschek, our Director of Strategic Development as he talks about the Clean Power Plan’s implementation in Missouri and the potential it has to create jobs. Read the accompanying story here: KMOX’s Brian Kelly and Maria Keena keep you informed with everything you need on Saturday and Sunday mornings. With up-to-the-minute news, information, weather and sports, no other station can match KMOX’s...

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