November 2015: Solar Makes Sense for the SUS Family

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Dale & Jan Ritzel are the proud parents of Brent Ritzel, one of our bright Project Developers at StraightUp Solar. Dale, as Professor Emeritus of Health Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was motivated to go solar in order to ensure low utility expenses and provide benefits to the environment through clean energy generation. That […]

October 2015: Local Entrepreneurs Drive on Sunbeams!

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Our newest members of the Tribe, Kathy and Bill from St. Louis, are longtime conservationists and have sought out creative ways to reduce their environmental footprint. They enjoy spending time outdoors with family in the Mark Twain National Forest and have successfully experimented with sustainable building techniques by building Cob houses in Missouri and developing […]

September 2015: Energy Independence in Missouri

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A new 9.9 kiloWatt (kW) solar energy array came online in eastern Missouri during the bright sunny days of summer this year and the proud owner, Steve, is happy to contribute his solar kilowatt hours (kWhs) to offset his home’s usage and traditional fossil fuel generation on the electric grid.  Our newest addition to the Solar […]

August 2015: Solar Made Sense to Energy Savvy Agribusiness

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Larry Rhodes had a very practical reason for choosing solar energy to supplement the electrical usage at his farm in Central Illinois. “Solar proved to be a good investment from a business standpoint and I realized that it would positively impact my neighbors as well.” Larry’s solar journey began through conversations with his son abut wind energy, […]

July 2015: Wildwood Community Comes Together for Solar


After researching the logistics and prospects of harvesting solar energy to power his home for many years, Rich Ward of Wildwood made the decision to install a 7.83 kW roof mounted system on his newly purchased home.  Mr. Ward is both confident and excited that his system will reap the rewards of his research and […]

Journey Begins: WE CARE Solar Nepal Relief

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Shannon Fulton, StraightUp Solar Director of Business Development, joins Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-founder of WE CARE Solar in a mission to provide relief to Nepal in the wake of the recent earthquake and aftershock events. They will travel across the world to provide training and support to One Heart Worldwide team members who will use the Solar Suitcase, […]

Shannon Fulton to Nepal with WE CARE Solar

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StraightUp Solar’s Shannon Fulton is supporting We Care Solar’s emergency relief efforts in Nepal! Shannon is heading to Kathmandu on July 19th with WE CARE Solar Co-founder Dr. Laura Stachel to co-lead training of One Heart Worldwide team members on the use and installation of the Solar Suitcase. Shannon and Dr. Stachel will also assist […]

May 2015: Imperial Residence Sees Immediate Impact of Solar Installation

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A 21.35 kW system installed in Imperial, Missouri has allowed local businessman Jeff Steele to join the StraightUp Solar Tribe.  The two rooftop arrays installed will accumulate a $126,191 savings over the estimated 25 year life of the system.  Jeff was influenced to install solar arrays after the successful installation of solar panels on the home of […]

Northwest R-I School District


“The Northwest School District began a partnership with StraightUp Solar several years ago when we began investigating the possibility of adding solar power.  During that time, StraightUp Solar assisted us in placing 25 kilowatt solar arrays on nine different buildings with no upfront costs to the District.  The strategy orchestrated by StraightUp Solar allows the […]

April 2015: StraightUp’s Own Joins the Tribe

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Shannon Fulton, StraightUp Solar’s Director of Business Development, is officially solar powered!  Last weekend, our elite SUS crew installed a ground mount array at her home in El Paso, Illinois.  Did you know that a third of SUS employees have solar on their homes, plus the SUS headquarters is solar-powered? Shannon, current and 3-time President […]