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Mehlville Schools Featured on FOX

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in In the News, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Mehlville Schools Featured on FOX

StraightUp Solar has completed installing solar panels on the roof of five schools in the Mehlville school district. The Mehlville School Board approved a 20-year lease agreement for the five arrays. This means that StraightUp installs and maintains the systems, but Mehlville benefits from lower energy bills. Without any out-of-pocket expenses, Mehlville begins saving money on their electric bill immediately. “By realizing an estimated $130,000 in energy savings over the next 20 years, we’re not only being good stewards of our...

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Oct 2012 – First St. Louis County SAVES Project

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Project of the Month Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Oct 2012 – First St. Louis County SAVES Project

This month, StraightUp Solar completed the first solar project of the St. Louis County SAVES loan program! St. Louis County SAVES is a low interest loan program for energy efficiency and solar projects. Loans range from $2,500-$15,000. Rates are 3.5% and have flexible payment schedules up to 10 years. Steven B., a resident of Shrewsbury, financed this 4.3 kW system with only a small down payment.  The system will save Steven more than $25,000 on his electric bills even after he pays it off. For more information on the low-interest loan...

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Refer a Friend Program

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Refer a Friend Program

Spread the word about solar & get cash back. The more you refer, the more money you can earn! StraightUp Solar clients receive $200 for each referral that installs a solar array.  Your friend also receives $200. It’s easy: Provide your friend’s contact information below and we’ll reach out and help them understand if solar is right for them. Click here to learn how to talk to your friends about the benefits of solar. ...

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November Promotion

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

November Promotion

Solar On-site Evaluation Questionnaire Please fill out this short questionnaire prior to StraightUp Solar completing your on-site solar evaluation. This form, in conjunction with an assessment of your roof or ground mount location, your electric meter, and your electrical panel, will allow StraightUp Solar to produce your customized solar design proposal that details, return on investment, electrical savings, and environmental benefits. Request More Information

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Solar Warranties: Peace of Mind

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Solar Warranties: Peace of Mind

Solar Warranties: The Solar Panels and Inverters 10/20/12 One of the wonders of solar power is its ability to produce clean, reliable energy for over 25 years. There is comfort in knowing that you’ve made a smart decision that will pay for itself and produce clean energy into the next generation. However, how can you feel certain that your investment will produce? The first answer is based on relatively recent history: many solar panels produced in the 1990’s are still producing power. The second answer: warranties. There are two primary...

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The newest in solar technology arrives: SunPower AC PV panels

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

The newest in solar technology arrives: SunPower AC PV panels

In July, StraightUp Solar began installing the newest in solar technology: SunPower AC panels. The AC panels are a highly efficient, aesthetically-pleasing module backed by SunPower’s industry-leading 25-year warranty. StraightUp Solar is one of only a couple companies authorized to install SunPower products in the region.  Already, many of our clients are choosing the AC modules for their solar project. Benefits of these cutting-edge, SunPower AC panels include: Highest Energy Production - With a reduced voltage-temperature...

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Germany 25% Renewable: What It Could Mean for Missouri

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

Germany 25% Renewable: What It Could Mean for Missouri

Germany just crossed a significant threshold – 25% renewable energy production. A recent study from the University of Tennessee provides some insight into what achieving 25% renewable energy production by 2025 could do for America. The report finds that Missouri has the greatest job creation potential of all 50 states (240,800 new jobs possible). Solar in Missouri is beginning to experience significant growth. As expansion continues, solar will create new jobs, increase energy security, and result in cleaner...

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How Are Solar Panels Mounted on My Home’s Roof?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in News and Notes Posts, Solar Facts | 0 comments

How Are Solar Panels Mounted on My Home’s Roof?

Solar arrays will produce power for 25-30 years, and the attachment to the roof needs to last just as long. The typical residential roof type that we install solar on is a pitched, asphalt shingle roof.  Other pitched roof types include slate, tile, or metal roofs.  Flat roofs are also feasible locations for solar arrays and typically require a different mounting system than pitched roofs. We’ll focus on pitched, asphalt shingle roofs for this discussion. In this case, a flush mount rail system with flashed attachments is usually the...

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Net Metering in Missouri

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Net Metering in Missouri

Net metering is a great tool for homeowners looking to “store” their excess solar energy.  A bi-directional utility meter allows you to be credited for the excess energy you send back to the grid.  You can draw that energy back later in the month, effectively using the grid as your own personal battery within a monthly billing cycle.

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Steps to solar in Ameren Missouri service territory

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Solar Facts | 0 comments

Steps to solar in Ameren Missouri service territory

  1. StraightUp Solar designs your solar electric system. 2. StraightUp Solar submits drawings and utility net metering application to Ameren. 3. Ameren approves small system within 30 days (less than 10 kW).  Ameren approves larger system within 90 days (greater than 10 kW). 4. StraightUp Solar installs your system.  After, we send in final grid connection and solar rebate paperwork. 5. Typically within 10 days of receipt of final paperwork, Ameren inspects system and places bi-directional meter.  The system is activated. 6....

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