At Home and at Work: Protek Communications Owner Covered by Solar Cameron McCurdy, owner of ProTek Communications, explains why he chose StraightUp Solar to install a solar energy system at multiple business locations. When it came time to place solar on his new home in Marion, Illinois, he chose StraightUp Solar again. 0:09 – ProTek Communications business location with solar installations 0:20 – Solar modules […]

Why Do I Need to Provide My Utility Bill?

Why Do I Need to Provide My Utility Bill? Most companies guess how much electricity you use and how much solar you need. StraightUp Solar knows how much solar you need. By providing your monthly kilowatt-hour (kWh) electricity usage, we can make sure we don’t sell you too much or too little solar and that […]

Confluence Bookstore Turns the Page to Solar

Bookstore with solar panels on roof Sarah H. realized that solar did not make sense for her home, she explored a system for her bookstore, Confluence Books. StraightUp Solar handled all the steps—from design, to permitting, to installation, to interconnection—leaving Sarah to run her store. In the first year, Confluence Books is estimated to save $1,260 and pay back the […]

Alto Vineyards Pairs Sunshine and Wine

Alto Vineyards winery building with solar panels in the distance energy fits right into the sustainable practices at Alto Vineyards. Their 35kW system will offset 72% of the winemaking operations and charge two eclectic charging stations. Wayne W. explains the economic and public relations benefits for going solar. There are many good reasons and incentives to include solar energy in your business operations. Learn more about solar for […]

First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, IL Goes Solar

Completed in March 2022 after 4,400 hours of labor, First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, IL houses a staggering 1,600 panels on its roof. With a solar capacity of over 599 kW, the system has the potential to save them $34,000 over the next year alone. If your place of worship, business, or organization is looking […]

Chillicothe Public Library Writes A New Clean Energy Story

Solar panels on roof of Chillicothe Public Library

Over twelve days in April 2021, the StraightUp Solar crew quietly installed a 110 kW solar PV system on the roof of the Chillicothe Public Library in Chillicothe, IL. In the first year, this system is estimated to generate 141,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity or 58% of their power. Over the next 25 years, […]

Pilgrim Green Missionary Baptist Church Goes Solar

Solar on roof of church Green Missionary Baptist Church of East St. Louis, IL placed a 23.1 kW solar PV system atop their fellowship hall in October 2020. In the first year, the REC 350-watt solar panels will produce nearly 30,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy a year. With a Power Purchase Agreement from the StraightUp Solar Legacy Fund, […]

Lawndale Christian Health Center Builds A Healthier Future

Solar on roof of Lawndale Christian Health Center. Chicago skyline can be seen in the distance. Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Illinois now generates 41,000 kWh of solar energy for their buildings with their 35 kW solar PV system completed in November, 2021. Their system generates 35% of their power and offsets 28.7 metric tons of CO2, improving the health of their community. This project was funded by the […]

Bond Avenue Church Gets A Little Help From Above

Solar panels on roof of church

Bond Avenue Missionary Baptist Church (The River) is getting a little help from above. Through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) through the StraightUp Solar Legacy Fund, the Church installed a 35 kW solar PV system that will produce 90% of the church’s electricity. The PPA and the Illinois Solar For All program will allow Bond […]

Mulberry Hill Farm Grows With the Sun

Man tills field next to groundmount solar array Tom G.’s retirement goal is to transform Mulberry Hill Farm into a wholesome food producer to care for his local community. Choosing clean solar energy was a natural fit for his values, energy needs, and financials. Tom’s solar array offsets 100% of the farm’s electricity needs and annually avoids 14.9 metric tons of CO2 from traditional […]