Your solar PV system is a unified network of equipment that works in concert to power your home with clean, sustainable energy. Central to the system is the solar array, a connected set of solar panels that collect the sun’s energy during the day. Most homes utilize rooftop arrays, but for those with more land, ground mounted arrays are also a viable option.
When that energy is collected, an inverter will transform it into ready-to-use electricity. Your family may then use the electricity to power air conditioning, appliances, lighting, and more. If excess energy is present, it will be sent to your local power grid, and the utility company provides a credit for you to use during the night hours. Additionally, you can track your array’s production and efficiency online at any time. Learn more about net metering in Missouri and Illinois.
View our interactive graphic below for the step-by-step process.
Use our interactive graphic to learn more about how solar can work for your home.
The sun's rays hit your solar panels and generate
direct current electricity
An inverter changes this direct current electricity
to alternating current and it's ready for use in
Anytime you produce more than you use, the
excess is shared with your utility
In exchange, your utility gives you a credit to use
when the sun is down
You can even go online to track your solar
The most prominent benefit solar homeowners experience is lowered monthly utility bills. When you own your home’s energy source, you lock in that portion of your energy use and protect your home against rising utility bills. When the rate of electricity generation is greater than your family’s consumption, the process of net metering allows you to sell the energy back to the power grid. Thus, your monthly bill reflects your home’s net energy consumption. Over time, the system will pay for itself and you’ll save tens of thousands of dollars.
Plus, take advantage of the federal incentives offered to solar-powered homes. Installing your solar array by December 31, 2022 allows you to receive 26% of the full system cost back as a credit against your total tax liability for the year. However, the credit will continue to decrease in 2023 and beyond, so it’s important to contact us today for a free quote.
In addition to federal incentives, homeowners in Missouri and Illinois can utilize local rebates and financing options to make solar more affordable. Whether you choose to leverage your home equity line of credit or a loan offered by the Clean Energy Credit Union, there are numerous options available. Thanks to the rebates and incentives offered, more working middle class families are purchasing solar systems than ever before.
An important benefit of rooftop solar commonly found on homes is its ability to extend the life of your roof. The panels protect your roofing from the elements, such as snow, hail, wind, rain, and other debris. Additionally, your house will be more energy efficient during the summer months, because the sun is not directly impacting the roof. Instead, the heat is absorbed by the panels, keeping your home’s temperature down and reducing the energy used.
Additionally, solar energy can be stored for later use through our battery options, so when the power grid goes down, your home does not. We offer several battery and storage choices that range from ensuring certain appliances retain functionality to powering your entire home in an emergency. For total control of your energy, consider pairing your system and battery with a smart panel.
Our handy two-minute quiz asks a series of questions to help you determine whether your home is a good fit for solar. Everyone’s situation is different, and we appreciate the opportunity to learn about your unique interest in solar!
“The actual installation process went very well. I was very impressed by how they used a checklist system… so I always knew the process along the way… The company’s performance was overall good. I’d recommend them to anyone.”
Over the last decade, we’ve installed over 1,900 solar systems for homes and businesses. The StraightUp Solar in-house design and installation teams create custom solar projects, and oversee every aspect from start to finish. Our dedication to you doesn’t stop there – we also offer service plans that ensure your system works efficiently during its lifespan. In addition to the manufacturer’s 25-year production warranty, we also offer a 10-year workmanship warranty and a 10-year performance warranty for your solar array.
We are proud to employ North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)-certified professionals, meaning we meet the industry’s gold standard for solar professionals. We are also members of Amicus Solar, a nationwide organization of independently owned solar companies striving to better themselves, the products they install, and the environment. Plus, numerous team members power their homes with solar, and have experienced the benefits themselves.
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),