Shine It Forward – How You, a Solar Homeowner, Can Inspire More Solar

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As a solar homeowner, think back to the time when you were first researching the prospect of going solar.  No doubt you had many questions.     How does it work?   Does it make financial sense?   Do I need to replace my roof?    You likely went to search for these answers, and many […]

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 […]

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


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.    […]

Driving into the Future with Drive Electric Week

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Thanks for supporting #DriveElectric week! Did you know that 29% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from transportation vehicles?  Transforming the transportation sector to run on green, clean electrons is vital to improving our environment and addressing climate change. Fortunately, the solution is within our reach with solar-generated electric charging stations for your electric car. Whether […]

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 […]

Thinking about Batteries? 5 Things to Think About as You Get Started

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 Decide What You Want Backed Up Home battery backup systems can keep the lights on and refrigerator running when the power goes out. With more battery capacity, such systems can also keep your air conditioning running. Decide which appliances are critical to your needs in a power outage, or plan for your whole home to […]

PACE: New Financing Option for Solar


Named one of the top 20 world-changing ideas by Scientific American magazine, property assessed clean energy (PACE) is a simple, effective way to pay for a solar installation with little or no money down. The Manns Family, using PACE, installed a 7.7 kW array and will save hundreds of dollars in utility costs in the first year alone. PACE is a simple. It is solar financing that […]

StraightUp Solar Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor

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StraightUp Solar is honored to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements […]

April 2017: Rochester Solar

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Our April project of the month highlights Frank Sharpe of Rochester, IL. His family recently installed a 9.35 kW solar system. The system will produce approximately 12,270 kilowatt-hours during the first year of operation, which offsets 100% of their family’s annual electrical consumption. The Sharpe family shared, “We are excited about installing solar on our […]

Ask The Solar Genius: Tips For New Builds

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  Luke from Madison County asked, “I’m planning a new build and considering putting solar on my roof. What do I need to know?”      Thanks for your question Luke and happy to help.  I’ve developed a list of best practices:        Design large south (180 degrees) facing roof to optimize sunlight collection.  […]