Missouri Solar Incentives

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A woman walks into a solar store and asks, “What Missouri solar incentives are available for me?” The solar saleswoman answers, “It all depends.” This conversation happens all the time at StraightUp Solar. There are some financial incentives offered by the federal government and local utilities. In Missouri, the value of these solar incentives depends […]

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 […]

Study Finds Solar Panels Increase Home Values

In 2019 Zillow, an online real estate platform, researched how solar panels impact home values and the ultimate selling price. The short answer is that solar does increase the value of your home at sale. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), also found that in addition to the higher premium solar owners can sell their […]

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 […]

Farmers Harvest the Sun for Lower Energy Costs

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Farmers across Illinois and Missouri are discovering solar as a great investment and can stabilize their energy costs. With federal and state incentives for agricultural operations, 2020 is shaping to be a great year for farmers to go solar. There are three federal incentives, as well as two incentives Illinois-specific, and one Missouri incentive appropriate […]

City of Carbondale Leads With Solar Deployment

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Press Release from Affordable Gas + Electric, November 27, 2019 Reaching its goal of becoming a leader in sustainable energy, the City of Carbondale approved a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) which will allow for the deployment of a $2.4M solar project which will power a portion of the City’s municipal buildings. “Our goal was to become […]

What is the Future of the Federal Solar Tax Credit Incentive?

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You might have heard that the 30% Federal Tax Investment Credit is stepping down to 26% in 2020. What you may not have heard is that the Federal Tax Investment Credit will step down again in 2021, to 22%. Finally, in 2022 it will decrease to 0% for residential purchases, and 10% for commercial purchases.    […]

August 2017: YWCA of McLean County

For more than 100 years, Young Women’s Christian Association of McLean County (YWCA) has been a constant force in the lives of families in our Bloomington-Normal and McLean County community. The YWCA is once again leading by example by powering their building with clean solar energy, thereby reducing energy costs and committing to a cleaner environment. Going Solar at the YWCA would have been impossible without the benefit of […]