StraightUp Solar distributed its newsletter online. The publication, written by marketing director Riley Francis, contained articles on state lobbying, system displays, and interviews with people who’ve added solar systems to their homes.
The company says that Illinois job growth in solar energy ranked second in the country in 2018, and that the growth increased by 13 per cent last year..StraightUp Solar added, “The Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard established that (the state) must be generating 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.”
However, the Illinois Power Agency has stated that this standard will not be met without the passage of new legislation. There is a lobbying campaign in progress, The Path to 100, to get Illinois back on track. StraightUp Solar says an increase in solar energy use would produce more jobs and generate $2.8 billion in new property tax revenue and $1.95 billion in landowner payments over 20 years.
Along with sending out its online newsletter, the company had a booth at the Peoria Home Show over the weekend. It will be at the Bloomington and St. Louis home shows this coming weekend. Last weekend, StraightUp Solar conducted its South City Solar Tour in the St. Louis area. It featured three homes, each with a different type of solar energy setup.
Among the solar energy users interviewed in the newsletter was Diane of Hudson, Illinois. She said that she paid for turnkey service, where the company handled all the permits, produced the required site plan, and installed all the equipment. “We are now paying our electric company a monthly fee for the meter and that’s it,” she said.
StraightUp Solar says it has installed more than 1,300 solar systems in the regjon since 2006. Arcadia sent out a mass mailing last week to homes in McDonough County. It is trying to develop a subscriber list in order to broker solar energy services.
Arcadia stated, “Community solar was recently approved in Illinois,,giving thousands of residents access to monthly solar savings without having to install panels at their residences.” Energy would be generated from solar farms.