Solar Basics

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Reasons to Install Solar Panels

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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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

Illinois’ New Incentive:  Solar Renewable Energy Credits

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 these SRECs could allow solar owners to recover 5-20% of their system’s initial price tag. This is in addition to the 30% refund taxpayers already get as a credit against their federal taxes. To protect Illinois’s long-term energy supply and its natural environment, the State of Illinois is mandated to ensure that a...

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Mehlville Schools Featured on FOX

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in In the News, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Mehlville Schools Featured on FOX

StraightUp Solar has completed installing solar panels on the roof of five schools in the Mehlville school district. The Mehlville School Board approved a 20-year lease agreement for the five arrays. This means that StraightUp installs and maintains the systems, but Mehlville benefits from lower energy bills. Without any out-of-pocket expenses, Mehlville begins saving money on their electric bill immediately. “By realizing an estimated $130,000 in energy savings over the next 20 years, we’re not only being good stewards of our...

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Oct 2012 – First St. Louis County SAVES Project

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Project of the Month Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Oct 2012 – First St. Louis County SAVES Project

This month, StraightUp Solar completed the first solar project of the St. Louis County SAVES loan program! St. Louis County SAVES is a low interest loan program for energy efficiency and solar projects. Loans range from $2,500-$15,000. Rates are 3.5% and have flexible payment schedules up to 10 years. Steven B., a resident of Shrewsbury, financed this 4.3 kW system with only a small down payment.  The system will save Steven more than $25,000 on his electric bills even after he pays it off. For more information on the low-interest loan...

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Refer a Friend Program

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Refer a Friend Program

Spread the word about solar & get cash back. The more you refer, the more money you can earn! StraightUp Solar clients receive $200 for each referral that installs a solar array.  Your friend also receives $200. It’s easy: Provide your friend’s contact information below and we’ll reach out and help them understand if solar is right for them. Click here to learn how to talk to your friends about the benefits of solar. ...

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November Promotion

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

November Promotion

Solar On-site Evaluation Questionnaire Please fill out this short questionnaire prior to StraightUp Solar completing your on-site solar evaluation. This form, in conjunction with an assessment of your roof or ground mount location, your electric meter, and your electrical panel, will allow StraightUp Solar to produce your customized solar design proposal that details, return on investment, electrical savings, and environmental benefits. Request More Information

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Solar Warranties: Peace of Mind

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Solar Warranties: Peace of Mind

Solar Warranties: The Solar Panels and Inverters 10/20/12 One of the wonders of solar power is its ability to produce clean, reliable energy for over 25 years. There is comfort in knowing that you’ve made a smart decision that will pay for itself and produce clean energy into the next generation. However, how can you feel certain that your investment will produce? The first answer is based on relatively recent history: many solar panels produced in the 1990’s are still producing power. The second answer: warranties. There are two primary...

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The newest in solar technology arrives: SunPower AC PV panels

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

The newest in solar technology arrives: SunPower AC PV panels

In July, StraightUp Solar began installing the newest in solar technology: SunPower AC panels. The AC panels are a highly efficient, aesthetically-pleasing module backed by SunPower’s industry-leading 25-year warranty. StraightUp Solar is one of only a couple companies authorized to install SunPower products in the region.  Already, many of our clients are choosing the AC modules for their solar project. Benefits of these cutting-edge, SunPower AC panels include: Highest Energy Production – With a reduced voltage-temperature...

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Germany 25% Renewable: What It Could Mean for Missouri

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Germany 25% Renewable: What It Could Mean for Missouri

Germany just crossed a significant threshold – 25% renewable energy production. A recent study from the University of Tennessee provides some insight into what achieving 25% renewable energy production by 2025 could do for America. The report finds that Missouri has the greatest job creation potential of all 50 states (240,800 new jobs possible). Solar in Missouri is beginning to experience significant growth. As expansion continues, solar will create new jobs, increase energy security, and result in cleaner...

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