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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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Empire Solar Rebate Empowers Southwest MO

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in In the News, News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

StraightUp Solar is proud to announce our newest members of the Solar Tribe in Southwest Missouri! All projects were designed and installed by a collaborative and experienced core team of solar energy experts. Since the formation of our company in 2006, StraightUp Solar has been committed to inspiring a solar tribe to create a sustainable world.   When you want to be confident in your solar investment, go with StraightUp Solar. Everyone who chooses to join our solar tribe receives a 10-year workmanship warranty and a 25-year production...

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2015 Illinois Solar Tour this October!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in In the News, News and Notes Posts | 0 comments

Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) will be hosting the 2015 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  As part of a national event, the Illinois Solar Tour is a free public open house. Home and business owners with renewable energy installations all across the state open their homes to the public to share their passion, knowledge and experience of owning and living with renewable energy. This is a great opportunity to educate your neighbors and the general public on how you are being powered by the...

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August 2015: Solar Made Sense to Energy Savvy Agribusiness

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in News and Notes Posts, Project of the Month Posts | 0 comments

Larry Rhodes had a very practical reason for choosing solar energy to supplement the electrical usage at his farm in Central Illinois. “Solar proved to be a good investment from a business standpoint and I realized that it would positively impact my neighbors as well.” Larry’s solar journey began through conversations with his son abut wind energy, which has become so prevalent in the rural landscape across Central Illinois. “When I looked into it, solar gave the best bang for my buck, even compared to...

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