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VIDEO: How Does Solar Work for Your Home?

  Just like photosynthesis captures the power of the sun to grow plants, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system captures the …

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3 Ways to Turn Your Energy Expenses Into Cash Flow Generators

By Dan Hancock, Senior Commercial Project Developer, StraightUp Solar Small businesses in the U.S. spend $60 billion a year on …

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What is the difference between a kW and a kWh?

When you start researching solar panels for your home or business you start seeing kW and kWh everywhere, but what …

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How fast do solar panels degrade?

Like all electrical devices, solar panels degrade over time.  Climate, use, and maintenance alter their life expectancy. Remarkably, solar panels …

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Optimizing New Construction for Solar

Are you planning to build a new home, commercial office, our outbuilding? If so, it’s a great time to add …

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What are the Various Components Affecting an Individual Solar Project’s Cost?

“How much does solar cost?” It is a question we get all the time. The short answer is that it …

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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 …

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

Have you been looking into solar and cannot decide whether you want a ground-mounted system or a roof-mounted system? Here’s what …

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

Fall seems to have come and gone pretty quickly as the Midwest recently experienced some snowstorms. How does that impact …

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Is your roof ready for solar? Find out!

Have you ever looked at your roof and wondered, is it a good roof for solar? Turns out that is …

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What happens with my utility when I go solar?

post updated 8/4/2021 Your community’s utility has a big impact on how solar will look for your home or business. …

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Ask The Solar Genius: Tips For New Builds

  Luke from Madison County asked, “I’m planning a new build and considering putting solar on my roof. What do …

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Explore Solar Energy! 2016 Solar Tour

Over 130 homes and businesses all across Illinois are hosting Solar Tour Open Houses this weekend on Saturday, October 1st …

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July 2016: St. Peters Remove & Replace

One hot day this summer, after a round of roughly palm-sized hailstones rained down on his neighborhood, Jim B. of …

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2015 Illinois Solar Tour this October!

Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) will be hosting the 2015 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  As part …

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Ten Myths About Residential Solar Panels

Like any emerging technology, there are rumors, myths, and outright lies abounding about residential solar panels. Here are ten that have been totally debunked.

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