The History and Future of Straight Up Solar & Our Team
Our Solar Story, Creating Clean Energy & Our Tribe
Our Solar Story
For the same reason that I learned medicine I learned solar, to care for others. Once I built this foundation for myself, the next level of caring became possible – to share the education and build a culture that deeply cares about changing the paradigm. From this, StraightUp Solar was born. Today, at StraightUp, we still always “Start With Why” – and this is our Why: to care for others by creating a path for clean energy and a sustainable economy that honors our values and everyone’s healthy, shared future.
Dr. Dane Glueck’s Story on Solar Renewal Energy
Dr. Dane Glueck’s passion for solar renewable energy began during his medical residency in Kentucky, where he experienced both the ancient beauty and the ongoing destruction of the Appalachian mountain region in the name of temporary profits for coal mining operations. Energy from coal mining provided the region with vital electricity but also diminishing returns to the financial wealth of local residents, while leaving lasting consequences on the health and vitality of the local community. Dane built StraightUp Solar as one more way to provide care to his community, by actively changing the energy paradigm and providing people with choice in their energy source.
We Are Different
We are a Certified B Corporation, in the company of socially-conscious businesses worldwide, including Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia, and are committed to not just being the best in the world, but for the world.
We believe in an equitable workplace and business practices that promote a sustainable environment. Our team is intentionally diverse, with backgrounds ranging from military organizational leadership to environmental policy, electrical engineering, and finance.
Together with the Amicus Solar Cooperative, we recently launched the Clean Energy Credit Union, a grassroots financial lender focused solely on advancing renewable energy. We are leading the Solar Revolution in the Midwest by focusing on the long-term outcome of each solar energy system that we sell with our 10 year industry-leading StraightUp Solar production guarantee.
More Than 14 Years in Solar
StraightUp Solar is committed to the Midwest’s transition to clean energy. For over 13 years, we have worked extremely hard to grow the solar industry in Missouri and Illinois. I love coming to work every day with 45 passionate, experienced, and hard-working solar professionals who are forging our region’s path to a clean energy future.
We are a Benefit Corporation, focused on people, planet, and profit. Thus, it is important to us that as we improve the sustainability of our business practices, we also continue to improve the quality of our operational processes and maintain a high standard of care for our customers. As a 23-year Air Force veteran, I can say that we are at the head of the industry in terms of continuous improvement in our communication and commitment to customers due to our intense focus on the quality of our internal processes and quality of work.