Contest Rules

By entering the StraightUp Solar Pride Contest: Illinois Edition, you agree to the following rules, terms, and conditions.

Contest Rules & Regulations

  1. Eligibility: Contest is open to StraightUp Solar customers over the age of 18 as August 1, 2022. Contestants must be residents of the state of Illinois. Employees of StraightUp Solar are not eligible to submit photos.
  2. How to Enter: To successfully enter the contest, you must post a photo of the Go Solar yard sign and yourself and/or family in front of your house or business on Instagram. Please use safety precautions when taking a photo of your home and array. Multiple entries are allowed on your Instagram account. Additional eligibility rules include:
    1. Photos posted on Instagram must tag StraightUp Solar @straightupsolar and use the hashtag #straightusolarcontestil and #straightupsolar in the caption.
    2. Instagram Posts only. Stories, Videos or Video Reels are ineligible.
    3. An eligible photo must have a picture of the StraightUp Solar Go Solar (Sunny Yellow sign) or Gone Solar sign (Classic Blue sign). Preferred pictures would include pictures of individuals in front of their house with the solar array visible or in front of their ground-mounted solar array with their array visible in the picture.
    4. Photos must be in color.
    5. Image must be of good quality (not blurry or out of focus)
    6. A photo is ineligible if it is digitally altered beyond standard optimization. You are allowed to remove dust specs or red eye, crop the image, or make minor corrections to the exposure, color, or contrast. Any photo with embedded text, signature, watermark, copyright symbol or logo is also ineligible.
    7. No photo can be submitted that depicts an illegal activity. StraightUp Solar has the right to disqualify any photo they deem obscene or offensive that falls outside the spirit of the contest.
    8. The photo is an original photo.
    9. You received photo release permission from any and all people who appear in the photo, including the parents of or legal guardians of people under 18 years of age.
    10. No third party has any claim, right, interest in it, and does not infringe on the intellectual property, copyright to publish or right of privacy of any third party (including as a result of an entry in another contest).
  3. Contest Time Frame: The contest begins at 12:00 am (CST) on August 1. All entries must posted to Instagram by 11:59 pm (CST) on August 30, 2022. Deadline for voting is September 7, 2022 at noon (CST).
  4. Contest Prizes: First prize (1) $100 gift card to either Amazon, Target or Home Depot to be selected by the winner; Second prize: (1) Solar powered phone charger; Third prize: (2) Bamboo utensil sets.  No cash or other prize substitution will be allowed, except at StraightUp Solar’s discretion. Prizes will be sent via mail to winners.
  5. Contest Judging: The winners will be selected by a panel of employees of StraightUp Solar and announced publicly on September 14, 2022. Entries will be ranked by the number of likes received for their post on Instagram. Entries must meet the contest entry requirements. If bots or other automated programs are used to generate Instagram likes, the entrant will be disqualified. Top-ranked entries will be notified via direct message in Instagram and be requested to give their full name, email address, and mailing address. This is to confirm eligibility and ensure that they are a StraightUp Solar customer. Name, email address, and mailing address need to match StraightUp Solar customer records. If name and both addresses are not provided to StraightUp Solar the entrant will be disqualified. In the case of a tie in Instagram likes, photo quality will be the tie-breaker, determined by the StraightUp Solar employee panel. Winners will receive an email with their acceptance and will be publicly announced on Instagram and additional StraightUp Solar marketing channels.
  6. Time period for winner to respond: Winners have until December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm (CST) to claim their prize.
  7. Photo submission: By submitting a photo in the contest, you grant StraightUp Solar an irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, publicly display, distribute, reproduce, provide to the media or another third party, edit and create distinctive works in whole or in part of the photo in any media now known or later developed for any purpose, including but not limited to advertising and marketing. StraightUp Solar will not be required to offer you any compensation, credit or additional consideration to seek any additional approval; or to provide you with any notification in connection with such use.
  8. Agreement to Rules: By participating in the contest, you agree to be bound by these rules and meet the eligibility requirements mentioned in this document. Further, you agree to accept the decisions made by StraightUp Solar as final and binding as it relates to the contest.
  9. Privacy Policy: You must agree to provide your name, email address and residence address for the purposes of this contest. StraightUp Solar will only use this information to verify your identity and eligibility. Contest winners may be identified by StraightUp Solar by the first name, last initial and city on StraightUp Solar’s website, enewsletter, social media posts, and other marketing channels.
  10. Terms: StraightUp Solar reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the contest should anything or anyone affect the administration, security, fairness or conduct of the contest. StraightUp Solar reserves the right to disqualify any individual who attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of this contest or website or violates the terms and conditions described in this document.
  11. Applicability: The StraightUp Solar Pride contest is subject to all local, state and federal laws and regulations. Any local, state or federal taxes on prizes are solely the responsibility of the winners.
  12. Limitations of Liability: Contest entrants must agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify StraightUp Solar and its employees from any loss, damage, injury or death related to your participation in the contest or your acceptance, possession or use of any of its prizes. Contest entrants must agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify Instagram from any loss, damage, injury or death related to your participation in the contest or your acceptance, possession or use of any of its prizes.
  13. StraightUp Solar acknowledges that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Amazon, Home Depot, Target, or any other brand represented in the prizes.

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