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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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How Are Solar Panels Mounted on My Home’s Roof?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

How Are Solar Panels Mounted on My Home’s Roof?

Solar arrays will produce power for 25-30 years, and the attachment to the roof needs to last just as long. The typical residential roof type that we install solar on is a pitched, asphalt shingle roof.  Other pitched roof types include slate, tile, or metal roofs.  Flat roofs are also feasible locations for solar arrays and typically require a different mounting system than pitched roofs. We’ll focus on pitched, asphalt shingle roofs for this discussion. In this case, a flush mount rail system with flashed attachments is usually the...

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Net Metering in Missouri

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Net Metering in Missouri

Net metering is a great tool for homeowners looking to “store” their excess solar energy.  A bi-directional utility meter allows you to be credited for the excess energy you send back to the grid.  You can draw that energy back later in the month, effectively using the grid as your own personal battery within a monthly billing cycle.

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How Much Solar Power on My Home?

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

How Much Solar Power on My Home?

How much can solar power can I fit on my roof and how much will it produce?  These are two of the most frequent questions that we receive about solar power. Here are some simple guidelines for starters: Solar panel’s DC power rating equals approximately 15 watts / square foot. Most roof areas allow approximately 70% of the space to be effectively used. In good conditions (no shading and southern orientation) solar power systems in the St. Louis region produce approximately 4 kWh (kilowatt-hours) per day for each kW installed. (This...

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Solar Inverters: How do they work and what type is right you?

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Solar Inverters: How do they work and what type is right you?

Grid-tied solar inverters are not as sexy as solar panels, but they are arguably the most important part of a solar electric system.  Inverters perform two primary functions: 1)    Convert solar DC power to AC power, which we use in our buildings 2)    Are a safety mechanism that shuts off system when the grid goes down. Convert Solar DC Power to AC Power DC power coming from a solar panel is converted AC power, which is the type of power delivered by the utility and is used to power appliances, lighting, etc.  In many cases, the...

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How Do I Know My Solar System is Working?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

How Do I Know My Solar System is Working?

The Answer: On-line web-based monitoring – and, it has multiple benefits. Once a solar customer has worked through typical questions of system size and components as well as budget, there is often a question that remains: “How do I know if my system is working appropriately”? We’ve seen several key developments lately that are pushing solar mainstream. These include lower solar component costs and improved incentives. Others include more efficient solar panels and more experienced solar installers. In addition to those...

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Two Reasons Solar Transcends Politics: Jobs & Energy Diversification

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Two Reasons Solar Transcends Politics: Jobs & Energy Diversification

Solar creates jobs: Solar job rate growth nationally over the last year by 6.8% Job rate growth otherwise nationally is only 0.7% Number of workers in the U.S. solar industry is greater than 100,000. Number of workers in the coal mining industry equals 79,500. Fossil fuels are high in emission and are imported from out of state. Solar is clean, home-grown, and locally installed: Missouri is dependent on coal for over 80% of its energy – 2 times the national average. Most of this coal is imported from Wyoming. A significant portion of...

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Six Things to Know When Considering Solar for Your Business in the St. Louis Region

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Six Things to Know When Considering Solar for Your Business in the St. Louis Region

1) Your Current Energy Use – Clients that understand their current energy usage (kilowatt hours per month) are best positioned to gauge how much solar will meet their energy savings goals. Implementing additional energy efficiency measures with your solar system will further enhance your investment and the environmental benefits. 2) Building Ownership – It is more straightforward for a business that owns its building to proceed with solar. However, it is certainly possible for a business owner that leases their building to work...

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How Efficient is a Solar Panel?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

How Efficient is a Solar Panel?

The short answer is 14 – 20%. That means that nearly 20% of the sun’s energy that hits the panels is converted to electricity to enter your home or business. Let’s put solar power efficiency into context compared to another typical energy user that most of us use every day. A gasoline vehicle is 14 – 26% efficient according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means that only 14 – 26% of the fuel that you put into your tank moves your car down the road. Of course, when your tank is low you need to go back and...

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Jeff Schmidt Named Director of Design and Technology

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Dane Glueck, President of StraightUp Solar, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Schmidt to Director of Design and Technology. Jeff has over 30 years experience in electrical design and with his NABCEP Certification makes StraightUp Solar the leading contractor in Missouri with Certified Installers. Jeff Schmidt is a graduate of the Washington University School of Engineering. He began his career working for Melton Machine and Control Company as an electrician where he held the positions of Robotic Systems Manager and Manufacturing and...

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