MISSOURI: How to Read Your Energy Bill with Solar

  Sometimes it’s a challenge to understand your solar production on your energy bill if you live in Missouri. Some people have noticed that what your solar portal is producing and the amount credited by your utility look different. In this video, StraightUp Solar’s Professor Ky the Solar Guy reveals the answer. Have additional questions? […]

ILLINOIS: How to Read Your Energy Bill with Solar

  Sometimes it’s a challenge to understand your solar production on your energy bill if you live in Illinois. Some people have noticed that what your solar portal is producing and the amount credited by your utility look different. In this video, StraightUp Solar’s Professor Ky the Solar Guy reveals the answer. Have additional questions? […]

VIDEO: How Does Solar Work for Your Home?

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    Just like photosynthesis captures the power of the sun to grow plants, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system captures the power of the sun for our energy use. Solar power provides a maintenance-free solution to your energy needs, reducing your utility bill, gaining you energy independence, and contributing to clean energy in our region. […]

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

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Going solar is an exciting journey, and at times it can be a confusing one. Going solar with a knowledgeable, trusted installer like StraightUp Solar will save you many headaches in designing a customized solution for your home. To begin your solar journey, StraightUp Solar will help you determine how many solar panels you need […]

26% Federal Investment Tax Credit

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Post updated July 11, 2021. What exactly is the Federal Investment Tax Credit? Watch StraightUp Solar’s own Professor Ky the Solar Guy explain how it works. He uses 2020 in the example, but it works the same for 2021.    The FITC is a dollar for dollar credit against your tax liability – not […]

What is the difference between a kW and a kWh?

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When you start researching solar panels for your home or business you start seeing kW and kWh everywhere, but what do they mean?!?!  The Kilowatt (kW)   Power is measured in watts, and kilo means a thousand. So a kilowatt is 1000 watts. For example, let’s say you have a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb, it […]

What is a Solar Group Purchasing Program?

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Going solar for your home has great benefits – from stimulating your local economy, to providing a cleaner environment to your larger community. But what if there was a way for your community to all go solar together?  For communities in the Midwest, there is a way, with Grow Solar and other group purchasing programs! […]

5 Steps to Make Your House a Solar Power Home

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Updated 07.04.2021 So you’re ready to take the leap and make your house into a solar power home? Congratulations! Whether you’ve come to this conclusion to offset your electricity costs, help the growth of clean energy, or increase the value of your house, you’ve made a smart decision. Where do you begin? Before the solar […]

These Little Piggies Went Solar

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Pork producers across Illinois are investing in solar technology. Why? Solar generation matches very well with hog production systems.  In the summer, such systems need many fans ventilating the hog buildings and at the same time there are more hours of sun in the day and solar technology produces more energy.  Solar technology enables hog […]

Is your roof ready for solar? Find out!

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Have you ever looked at your roof and wondered, is it a good roof for solar? Turns out that is a common question. First thing to consider is whether or not it is in good enough shape for solar. We recommend that roofs are replaced if they are older than 15 years old. If it […]