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 nameplate wattage on the panel lists the power generated from that panel under ideal conditions. Currently, StraightUp Solar offers panels ranging from 400 watts to 485 watts.
Your home’s total system size is the sum of the panels’ wattage. For instance, an 8KW system would require 20 solar panels listed at 400 watts. Your Project Developer will recommend the best wattage for your project.
Shade, heat, and brightness all impact the energy production of a solar panel. Our Project Developers will pick the best panels suited for your roof or property based on these conditions. A panel’s productivity slowly declines over the years, so be sure to ask about your panels’ annual degradation percentage.
The panels we offer typically decline by only 0.5% each year, and most systems will generate at least 90% of their nameplate energy over 10 years. StraightUp Solar backs every installation with a 10-year performance guarantee.
StraightUp Solar is a proud member of the Amicus Solar Cooperative, a 100% member-owned solar purchasing organization. Amicus boasts 68 member-owner solar companies. Through our Amicus association, StraightUp Solar can access cost advantages from suppliers, such as discount pricing, favorable credit terms, and rebates. The panels we purchase for our customers undergo a rigorous screening by the Amicus Vendor Selection Committee. Rest assured, your solar panel array is of the utmost quality and performance.
Every solar panel we offer is Tier 1-rated for durability and efficiency. Additionally, they come with long-term performance and manufacturer warranties from top brands. Your Project Developer will explain all warranties and financial information in full detail.
Since 2006, the StraightUp Solar team has installed more than 1,900 residential and commercial solar systems in Illinois and Missouri. As a full-service, turn-key solar company, we handle every step of your project, from design to build. Plus, our operations and maintenance services have you covered after installation for any tune-ups or updates.
Request a free quote and take our solar quiz today to learn more!
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),