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What is Community Solar?

Community Solar offers the benefits of the sun – clean and low cost energy – to those who cannot have a solar array on their own property.


With zero up-front investment, home owners, municipalities, schools and businesses can now enjoy saving money on their monthly electricity bills as well as all the other benefits of clean solar energy – by conveniently and easily subscribing to Community Solar Arrays.


Community Solar also directly helps your community: more good paying jobs, a cleaner environment and a more resilient grid, helps everyone.


How Does Community Solar Work?

Community Solar is made possible through an innovative billing policy known as “virtual net metering.”

Subscribers continue using energy as normal on their property that is then directly offset by the energy produced from their subscribed fraction of the remote Community Solar Array.

StraightUp Solar is Building Community Solar Arrays, known as ShineMines™ across Illinois.

Individuals or organizations who pay a utility bill can become subscribers to a Community Solar Array ShineMine™.

StraightUp Solar is offering subscriptions to our ShineMines™ now, with activation planned in 2019, that will save subscribers 10% on electric supply costs.

How a StraightUp Solar ShineMine™ Works
Benefits of a Community Solar ShineMine™ Subscription
  • Immediate savings of 10% on electric supply costs
  • Access solar energy without ownership
  • Energy production guarantees backed up by a local company
  • Transfer your subscription to a new address or another customer within the Ameren IL service territory
  • Cancel your subscription at any time
Get Started!

Reserve Your Community Solar ShineMine™ Subscription Today!

StraightUp Solar will begin offering subscription contracts beginning in May 2019.

Until then, you can sign up to reserve your place in line and earn a subscription activation fee waiver equal to one month’s subscription.

Within 24 hours of submitting your responses to the form, you will receive an email with your ShineMine™ subscription letter of intent, ready for your digital signature.

Return the signed non-binding letter of intent and you’ll be set to begin doing your part to create more Illinois jobs, lower-cost energy bills for yourself, and a healthier planet for us all!

Questions or comments? Contact us at hello@straightupsolar.com or (844) 97-SOLAR

Plan to Subscribe to Your Local ShineMine™

With offices in St. Louis, the Metro East, and Bloomington, the StraightUp Solar team is building ShineMines™ to provide community solar savings close to home.

StraightUp Solar is a fully insured, licensed, & Illinois state-certified, turnkey solar EPC firm staffed by our own in-house licensed electrician and NABCEP-certified professionals to provide the highest quality residential, commercial and community  solar energy systems.