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Straight Up Solar

  • 16 Years in Business

About Straight Up Solar

Since 2006, StraightUp Solar has installed more than 1100 residential and commercial-scale solar projects in Illinois and Missouri.We are a full-service, turn-key solar EPC and installation company with a straightforward project management approach ready to see your project from initial concept to commissioning and operational support. Industry-leading ten-year workmanship and production warranties ensure your project will perform to your expectations. We are local under the same ownership in the same region for over a decade.




8:30AM – 5:00PM
8:30AM – 5:00PM
8:30AM – 5:00PM
8:30AM – 5:00PM
8:30AM – 5:00PM

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Homeowner Reviews for Straight Up Solar

5 reviews
Review by y .
July 22, 2019
Straight Up solar is very pushy when it comes to closing the sales deal. They will say anything to get you to sign the papers, and it's nothing short of a predatory loan. First of all, let me be very clear that YOU WILL NOT SAVE ANY MONEY by going to solar -- not a chance for what you have to pay up front. Our system cost $32,517 for a 9.6KW array. Regardless whether you take out a loan or pay up front, even after federal rebates, you still won't break even in at least 10 years. I'm not going to dive into too much details of the financial argument, but just know that they'll say anything to make you believe otherwise. Their loan partner, Dividend Solar, is also a problem. Multiple provisions that are predatory:

1. You must keep possession of the panels at all time
2. You may not remove the panels
3. You can't sell the panels

These provisions significantly hampers your ability to sell your house because they are in direct conflict with the fixture laws of many states. In many states, anything attached to a house is considered a fixture and must be removed before the listing. I didn't know this until taking to a lawyer when I had to sell the house. This allows the company to charge a significant fee for the uninstall -- a whopping $7,000. It's nothing short of extortion.

Then, there's the local utility company requirements -- $1 million dollar mandatory liability insurance -- a major hurdle that again, significantly affects your ability to sell your house. This is because whomever inherits your solar panels would have to buy additional insurance as well -- as long as it sits on the roof. On top of this, your accumulated solar power, is reset every quarter to zero! YES, if you collected 1500KW total in the spring and hope to use it in the summer, sorry, you CAN'T. The local utility company resets it after May 31st, wiping out all your gains. None of those were disclosed to us before we signed the paper. I had to find this out from someone in the City Hall.

After our panels were installed, it was generating 2/3 of it's capacity for over 45 days! None of their "engineers" could tell us why until the "head engineer" came and found a wire wasn't connected.

Lastly, if you decide to go with those guys, you should hope you will NEVER move. As stated above, having panels on your roof affects your ability to sell your home. If you want to take down the panels, they charge you a ridiculous $7,000 for the labor only, NOT INCLUDING POTENTIAL ROOF DAMAGE REPAIRS. Note that the average cost to remove panels in the US is about $1,000 to $2,000 tops. I spoke to someone at another solar company and they were shocked to hear the $7,000 quote.

The bottom line is, you need to do a lot of research before you go solar. I learned the lesson the hard way. I am a strong advocate of environmental protection and I sincerely hoped those guys shared the same passion. To my utter dismay, Straight Up does not share this passion. They are NOT in the business to make the world a better place but only to make themselves rich.
Review by e .
September 1, 2017
Excellent experience overall! 8 years later our solar panels generate about 55% of our annual usage. Best investment we've ever made!
Review by r .
June 6, 2017
The atmosphere was well. The receptionist was helpful. The company will work with its customers to make them a deal.
Review by e .
January 3, 2017
We wanted to power our home with clean solar energy, so we began talking with Shannon Fulton of StraightUp Solar. She took the time to answer all our questions, and we went through quite a few different scenarios, each with pros/cons, before deciding to spread the solar panels over 5 different roof surfaces on the south side of our home. This was not an easy installation, but every member of the team worked together, and in the end it worked beautifully. As soon as they flipped the switch, our monthly electric bill went to the $18 minimum monthly service charge. We are now in the shortest days of the year, so may have to pay a bit more than that, but so far the system has worked perfectly, and we are very happy to be generating clean energy and paying very low electric bills.
Review by a .
November 18, 2016
They did a great job of communicating with me and with the on-site work. This is a very professional group. Definitely recommend them.

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