We Want to be More Than a Company – We Want to be a Part of Empowered Communities
We love designing and installing solar. But, that’s only a piece of the bigger picture. We also love being part of a growing a solar industry and supporting other “believers” in the renewable / environmental community.
We’re proud to be a founding member and supporter of Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA). Dane is privileged to have recently served two terms as MOSEIA President. MOSEIA is the “go to” resource for solar information, education, and policy promotion in the state. MOSEIA actively works with other stakeholders as well as legislators to forge a sustainable future for solar in the state. This year MOSEIA will work to maintain the solar rebate in Ameren and KCP&L territories and improve net-metering, among other goals. Learn more at www.moseia.com.
With each solar system we install we also support Renew Missouri and the Ozark Regional Land Trust. Renew Missouri is responsible for creating Proposition C, the voter passed ballot initiative that makes the solar rebate possible. In addition, in 2007, Renew Missouri advocated for and helped pass net metering – the reason Missourians can connect to the grid with solar and the meter spins backward with excess energy production. Erin Noble, our Director of Community Relations, was co-founder of Renew Missouri. The solar industry in Missouri exists, in large part, due to Renew Missouri. Learn more at www.renewmo.org.
Association (SEIA). SEIA focuses on national solar policy and provides a wealth of information on their website. Established in 1974, SEIA works with it’s member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar. SEIA advocates for multiple pro-solar policy issues, including: maintaining the Solar Investment Tax Credit of 30% that is in place until 2016, and maintaining and improving net-metering standards. Learn more at www.seia.org.
Vote Solar is another strong advocate for national solar policy and a great resource for national and state level solar information. Founded in 2002, Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar into the mainstream. In addition to their work to maintain the Solar Investment Tax Credit, Vote Solar is working to develop new finance programs and empower community solar programs as well as assist organizations like MOSEIA on the state level. We had the pleasure of hearing directly from Adam Browning, Executive Director of Vote Solar at last year’s annual MOSEIA meeting. There is no doubt that Vote Solar is a key player in America’s move toward embracing solar. Learn more at www.votesolar.org.
StraightUp Solar is also excited to support and work with SolarAid. Started in 2006, SolarAid has set an audacious goal to eradicate expensive and dangerous kerosenelamps from Africa by 2020. They use business based solutions to provide solar lighting to homes and schools in Africa. For example, for only $1,600 we can work together to bring affordable solar lighting to a school through their Lighter Learning program. Learn more at www.solar-aid.org you may also donate through StraightUp’s JustGiving Page.
Inspired by the example of the President of ISEA – our current Director of Illinois Business Development – we are proud to support We-Care Solar. It is a non-profit focused on reducing infant and mother mortality by equipping off-grid medical clinics in developing countries with solar power for lighting and emergency communication. Rather than performing vital care in the dark or by flashlight, facilities can now be lit by the power of the sun. Learn more at http://wecaresolar.org/.