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. […]

3 Ways to Turn Your Energy Expenses Into Cash Flow Generators

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By Dan Hancock, Senior Commercial Project Developer, StraightUp Solar Small businesses in the U.S. spend $60 billion a year on energy (U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR), and these expenses rise as reliably as the sun. However, business leaders can choose to turn their energy costs into cash generators. Now is a good time to look at […]

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 […]

How fast do solar panels degrade?

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Like all electrical devices, solar panels degrade over time.  Climate, use, and maintenance alter their life expectancy. Remarkably, solar panels degrade slowly and require little to no maintenance.  Panels in extreme climates degrade faster than panels in moderate conditions. In very cold environments, panels subjected to snow and heavy winds degrade the most. Panels can […]

Optimizing New Construction for Solar

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Are you planning to build a new home, commercial office, our outbuilding? If so, it’s a great time to add solar panels and roll the cost into your construction loan.  Read on for a few considerations to be aware of as part of the design and construction process.   Going solar is likely to save you […]

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?


Have you ever wondered how many solar panels you would need for? Well the answer is it depends on your energy usage, roof space, and your renewable energy offset goals.  Obtain Your Energy Usage   The first step is to gather your past 12 months of energy usage from your utility provider. Month by month […]

Roof Mounted or Ground Mounted System? That is the question.

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Have you been looking into solar and cannot decide whether you want a ground-mounted system or a roof-mounted system? Here’s what you should consider when choosing between array types. 1) Typically roof-mounted arrays are cheaper overall, but if there are many obstructions (dormers, vents, etc) or many roof faces,  a ground-mount may be less. For large arrays (over […]

Tis the Season – How the Change In Seasons Change Your Solar Production

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Fall seems to have come and gone pretty quickly as the Midwest recently experienced some snowstorms. How does that impact your solar array’s production? Obviously, solar does best during the summer, because of the earth’s tilt and longer days. Surprisingly, spring and fall create really great conditions for solar. A cold sunny day is actually […]

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 […]