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Saturday, October 7, 2017    10am - 3pm
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Saturday, October 7, 2017    10am - 3pm
Register and tour locations throughout Illinois
Saturday, October 7, 2017   
10am - 3pm

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Central Sites
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Central Sites
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Central Sites
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

2805 Wedgewood Dr, Champaign
2805 Wedgewood Dr, Champaign


David Tracy
For us, it is a great investment. We’ll save a lot on energy costs over the years, increase our property value, and as a bonus reduce our carbon footprint very substantially. That’s for our grandchildren!

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels by Straight Up Solar 
- GeoThermal
- EV


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1016 W. White St, Champaign
1016 W. White St, Champaign


David Tewksbury
We are hoping to reduce our family’s impact on the environment. The time seemed to be right to install the system, given the financial incentives in place right now.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels 

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1017 W. White St, Champaign
1017 W. White St, Champaign


Scott Willenbrock
I retrofitted my 1929 house into a zero-net-energy house in order to combat climate change. You can read about my house at http://physics.illinois.edu/outreach/zero-net-energy-house/

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels
- GeoThermal
- EV


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1712 Phillippe Drive, Mahomet
1712 Phillippe Drive, Mahomet


Cara Day
I installed solar because I want an energy source that doesn't diminish my world.  I like to breathe clean air.  I want to be part of the solution.

Over 20 years ago I had looked at going solar when I first bought my house. At the time, the efficiency and cost wasn't feasible; payback time was estimated to be about 20-25 years.  Today, right now, it's approximately 7 years!

We have one planet.  What can you do to make it a better place for not just you, but for your kids? And their children?

Technology Installed by Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

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2060B Cty. Rd. 125 E, Mahomet
2060B Cty. Rd. 125 E, Mahomet


Philip Geil
It was the thing to do, going along with our energy conserving house self-built in 1983. The PV size is needed to heat water for our animals in the winter, exhaust greenhouses in summer; excess credited by Ameren in the summer. System currently consists of 96 panels (21.7 kW), ground mounted, installed in 3 sections, retilted 4x/yr to optimum tilt, plus 10 kW turbine. Note the solar is essentially maintenance free, wind is several hundred $/year. Production of 2012 installed 8 kW array has been 13% greater than estimated for equivalent power 30° constant tilt ground mount and 33% greater than a 14° tilt roof mount.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- Small Wind Turbine
- Passive Solar
- GeoThermal

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503 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana
503 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana


Marya Ryan and Pete Resnick
The original installation was done not only to “do the right thing” for renewable energy, but also to provide backup power for a home office, and to play with the latest technology. It had the added bonus of providing some shading, and therefore reducing heat load, on a south facing roof right over the home office. The latest round of solar panels (completely filling the roof and nearly tripling capacity) were put in to take advantage of the Grow Solar / Solar Urbana-Champaign program.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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209 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana
209 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana


Paul & Jennifer Hixson
We have been concerned for some time about global warming and wanted to do what we could to reduce our carbon footprint.  Of course, we were also interested in lowering our cost of our electric bill.  As PV technology has advanced, this seemed to be a perfect way to achieve both goals.  Thus far, for the first 6 months of 2017, our 2 PV systems have produced 58% of the electricity we have used.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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206 Ira St, Urbana
206 Ira St, Urbana


David and Ellen Willcox
We like the idea of reducing our environmental impact as much as possible. We wanted to do as much we can to reduce consumption of fossil fuels. As it happens, our panels produced more electricity that we used in its first year of installation.

Technology Installed by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panels

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2507 Applewood Rd, Champaign
2507 Applewood Rd, Champaign


Jeff Hoover
So that I can run the a/c and hot water heater without guilt from CO2 emissions, mostly.  Also, I want to have power in case of natural disaster taking out the utility (this happened to us a few years back and it was absolutely miserable).

Technology Installed  by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panels

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809 S 5th Street, Champaign
809 S 5th Street, Champaign


McKinley Foundation and Church
Economically and environmentally, the installation of a solar panel system was in line with the goals of the Foundation.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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309 W Green Street, Urbana
309 W Green Street, Urbana


Universalist Unitarian Church, Urbana
Andy Robinson's Green Team, in partnership with Faith in Place, led the charge to bring a 24.3kW system to the UU Urbana Church. Renewable energy meet the economic and environmental goals of the Church.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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3603 South Race St, Urbana
3603 South Race St, Urbana


Illinois Solar Decathlon
Re_Home placed 7th out of 20 teams at the U.S Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in 2011. Illinois Solar Decathlon’s student run projects team dedicated 3 full semesters to designing a practical Net-Zero home in order to showcase new sustainable technologies on the market as well as engage the community in green building and living.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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MENARD COUNTY

11485 Post St, Athens
11485 Post St, Athens


Tony Naylor
Friend installed roof units on his home. After seeing the total out of pocket it actually cost, plus monthly savings on my electric bill.

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panel
- GeoThermal

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PEORIA COUNTY

310 W Stratford Dr, Peoria
310 W Stratford Dr, Peoria


Harry Elger
I installed a solar system to generate clean, renewable energy, reduce utility cost, reduce demand for petroleum, take advantage of federal tax credit, Illinois state rebate, dropping prices of solar panels, micro inverters, improved computer monitoring, and energy credits. In order to take full advantage of my solar energy, I have had 4 electric bicycles, an electric scooter, two electric motorcycles, and plan to get an electric Tesla or Prius.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- EV

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201 Spring St, Peoria
201 Spring St, Peoria


Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc.
We believe solar power is a part of the energy solution.  It is now an affordable and far better alternative to fossil fuel.  It's also an investment in our business. 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- EV

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1532 W. Fredonia, Peoria
1532 W. Fredonia, Peoria


Bradley Hillel Organization
Yona Lunken was the solar PV champion for Bradley Hillel and worked to promote green energy for the organization to meet its economic and environmental goals.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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3000 W Richwoods, Peoria
3000 W Richwoods, Peoria


Universalist Unitarian Church, Peoria
Rick Grawey was instrumental in promoting green energy for this organization, which was in line with the Church's goals both environmentally and economically.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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TAZEWELL COUNTY

1983 W. Cruger Rd, Washington
1983 W. Cruger Rd, Washington


Jay Steffen
We installed a solar electricity system to reduce our environmental impact and energy cost.

Technology Installed  by Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

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LOGAN COUNTY

75 1250th Street, Middletown
75 1250th Street, Middletown


New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88
Received a grant to pay 90% and saw it as an excellent instructional tool to include in the Science Tech Engineering and Math curriculum. 

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panel

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VERMILLION COUNTY

5403 US Rt. 150, Fithian
5403 US Rt. 150, Fithian


Ron Feltes
I wanted solar because CO2 is contributing to the mass extinction that’s going on now -especially by Ocean Acidification.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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WOODFORD COUNTY

166 E. South Lakeview Drive, East Peoria
166 E. South Lakeview Drive, East Peoria


Ann Schreifels and Vincent Migeotte
Everyone has different hobbies and ours is environmental conservation. We hope to offset the energy needs of our house and electric car (Tesla Model S). We just finished a remodel to the house and will be transforming the yard to native plants to build a better habitat for wildlife and minimize water use.

Entrance to the subdivision is off 116 (by Germantown Hills), not Spring Bay Road.


Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- GeotThermal
- EV

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542 Co. Road 2500 East, El Paso
542 Co. Road 2500 East, El Paso


Shannon Fulton
I installed solar because I wanted to reduce our family’s consumption of coal-based electricity and make a financial commitment to clean energy production that will benefit generations to come.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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DEWITT COUNTY

619 N Jackson St, Clinton
619 N Jackson St, Clinton


Roger Strubhar
Having worked for Ruyle Mechanical, one of Central Illinois largest Solar Installers, for 39 years as a Steamfitter / HVAC Service Technician I decided to do a self install of my 7.8 KWh solar system. I have seen may changes over the years to improve energy efficiencies in the HVAC field and decided to improve my own energy footprint by using less energy from the grid.

The first portion of my install was 20 - 285 watt modules.  I then added 6 - 250 watt modules, and finished out the install two months ago with 2 - 300 watt modules.  All 28 modules are mounted on Ironridge racking using Enphase S280 micro inverters.  With the Enphase reporting system I can easily pull up information about my system with my phone or any computer.  You can see my system at the following web site:
https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/csSj1007495
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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MORGAN COUNTY

1322 Concord Rd, Concord
1322 Concord Rd, Concord


Ed and Elizabeth Anderson
You must be the change you wish to see in the world- Gandhi.

Everything we have ever done using renewables has far exceeded our expectations. The future is renewables. 
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- Solar Hot Water

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FORD COUNTY

169 Prairie Turn, Cabery
169 Prairie Turn, Cabery


Mark Wilkerson
I've invested three decades of my life enabling as much solar as possible because, to me, it only makes sense as for the world and as an extension of the American Dream...a step toward energy independence.
 

Technology Installed by
SOLAR SERVICE INC:
- Solar Panel
- Solar Hot Water
- Passive Solar Design

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141 Tamarind Court, Cabery
141 Tamarind Court, Cabery


Breean Miller
We moved from Chicago to rural Illinois to live a more sustainable lifestyle. We were lucky to find a home with a significant solar and wind system (along with a battery bank) already installed by the previous owner. We don't even notice when the power goes out!
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel by Straight Up Solar
- Small Wind Turbine

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SANGAMON COUNTY

3888 N Peoria Rd, Springfield
3888 N Peoria Rd, Springfield


API Solar
Harnessing the power of the sun as a means to support our energy needs is a method that we believe is extremely under utilized, yet clearly has the potential to change the way we power our world. After capitalizing on available incentives to drive down the already declining cost of solar technology, we are now enjoying the benefits of free, clean, renewable energy.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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1037 N. 5th St, Springfield
1037 N. 5th St, Springfield


Bicycle Doctor
Bicycle Doctor is a green business, Bikes are green and I felt that the shop should be also. I am also a e-bike dealer so all of my E-bikes get their first charge from the sun! I even let folks know how they can set up a panel at home to charge their bikes. I have put 3.3kw PV on the house next to my shop. It’s a tall house and hard to see the panels from the street.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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4325 Clearwater Ln, Springfield
4325 Clearwater Ln, Springfield


Tung Nguyen
I prefer clean power over traditional power. The rebates definitely reduced the cost and encouraged me to install the renewable energy system. I am not quite happy about that fact that the state's fund was scrapped by the governor.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels
- EV

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1604 Cressa Ct, Springfield
1604 Cressa Ct, Springfield


Brad and Erin Paris
My grandfather installed a solar heating system when I was a child which helped me understand the benefits of such systems. As an adult I decided to install solar as a way to both save energy and do my part to be environmentally friendly. I started with a 5.0kW install back in 2012 and was able to install another 4.86kW array in 2014 to offset 100% of our annual consumption.  

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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2249 East Grandview Ave, Springfield
 2249 East Grandview Ave, Springfield


Joel Johnson
I purchased this system to stabilize my energy costs and offset close to 100% of my consumption.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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6101 Willow Springs Road, Springfield
6101 Willow Springs Road, Springfield


Ric Thompson and Luz Lopez
We built our home in 2006 and designed it with the plan of eventually adding a solar system. Ten years later, our solar system was installed! Our reasons for adding solar were to reduce our energy consumption and to be good stewards of the environment.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- GeoThermal

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6200 Farrier Place, Springfield
6200 Farrier Place, Springfield


Lisa Miller
As an educator and mother with a passion for environmentalist justice issues and member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps., I wanted to act with intention as a model to inspire what people can do in the face of our changing global climate to decrease their carbon footprint. I wanted to leave a positive legacy in tribute and gratitude to my late parents Al and Milly Slabon and brother, Dr. Wayne Slabon. Our father Al had been a successful builder in Chicago in his heyday and he would have appreciated the good business sense of this renewable energy system along with the look of the Sunmodule black panels that do not detract from the beauty of the prairie style design of our home.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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15 Oak Wind Road, Cantrall
15 Oak Wind Road, Cantrall


Ann & Gil Opferman
This also allows us to levelize our cost of energy and hedge against inflation. We are very environmentally focused and have wanted to install solar at our residence for some time.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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745 Woodside Road, Springfield
745 Woodside Road, Springfield


Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
As part of the Green Sanctuary Movement, The Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation wanted to honor their seventh principle of “Respecting the Web of Nature of which we are a part”, by initially installing 2.2kW and then adding two more panels to make a 2.7kW array with Enphase 250 micro-inverters. They mounted them on the Southeast facing Sanctuary roof to insure “solar electrons” will be energizing the lights during morning services year round. They are the first church in Springfield to have solar panels.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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28 Carole Rd, Springfield
28 Carole Rd, Springfield


Bob Croteau
I have been interested in solar since the early 1970s and built solar air panels, hot water systems, passive solar structures and a small 100-watt 12 volt circuit PV system with batteries for my home. This view is of my 2 kw Solar World Enphase system that provides 20% of our needs.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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Southwind Road and 2nd Street, Springfield
Southwind Road and 2nd Street, Springfield


Southwind Park Solar Sunflower and Calendar
This Solar Sunflower is actually a 1kW solar array. It is 18-feet in diameter and 25-feet tall in the center of Southwind Park. But it is also a solar calendar, with a human interactive sundial and sunrise and sunset viewing benches.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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6405 Canadian Cross, Springfield
6405 Canadian Cross, Springfield


Prairie Engineers, P.C.
Choosing to install a solar photovoltaic system at our new office in Springfield was an easy decision to make.  This project aligns with one of our core values of creating a more sustainable built environment, and with a breakeven point of less than six years, it’s a smart investment for our future!

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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3300 Sheridan Street, Springfield
3300 Sheridan Street, Springfield


Phillip Blood
To save money in the long run, and have the option to lower thermostat during summertime heat.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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104 North 6th, Springfield
104 North 6th, Springfield


Kerasotes Building
As the owners of a building with only one electric service meter but multiple commercial tenants it made very sound economic sense. As a commercial scale wind power developer, renewables are an integral part of the message we project to our community. System access requires the use of a ladder (inside the building through a roof hatch).

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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222 S. 6th St, Springfield
222 S. 6th St, Springfield


Maldaner's Restaurant
This 14kW flat roof array is comprised of (56) American- made Isofoton modules coupled with Enphase microinverters. This system was completed in partnership with Lincoln Land Community College, IGEN (60% grant) and CWLP ($15,000 rebate). Besides offsetting nearly 15% of the restaurant’s annual consumption, this PV system serves as an educational opportunity for students and residents of the community.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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115 Willow Lane, Sherman
115 Willow Lane, Sherman


Eric Peterman
I installed solar energy because it offered a great return on investment. One simple project will provide savings/revenue for the next 25 years.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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3701 Switchgrass Ct, Springfield
3701 Switchgrass Ct, Springfield


Franklin C Weinkauf
My home was originally designed and constructed to be as energy efficient as possible. The next logical step was to reduce electrical consumption by installing solar panels. The price and efficiency of panels has progressed to the point that the payback period became practical for home installation.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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2509 E. Devonshire Rd, Springfield
2509 E. Devonshire Rd, Springfield


Patricia Haynes
I believe in the idea of renewal energy.  Leaving a small footprint on the earth.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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123 Meadowlands Road, Sherman
123 Meadowlands Road, Sherman


Chris Cole
I had an interest in solar and had a small off-grid system as a hobby for several years. I hadn't considered a bigger system because the payback at the time seemed out of reach. The cost per watt came down and the incentives became more attractive over the last couple years. That combined with the availability of information and the increasing numbers of systems installed in our area by knowledgeable installers made us decide to finally pull the trigger. We're a little early in the game, but so far we're very happy.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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1200 N Bradforton Rd, Springfield
1200 N Bradforton Rd, Springfield


Bradfordton Athletic Center
I wanted to have a great deal of my energy consumption offset by clean renewable energy. This is my second commercial solar installation in Springfield.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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6387 Canadian Cross Drive, Springfield
6387 Canadian Cross Drive, Springfield


Compi Distributors, Inc.
Deciding to go solar for our business was a great economic and environmental decision. We are hedging against the cost of inflation while producing clean renewable energy. 

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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210 Willow Bay Court, Sherman
210 Willow Bay Court, Sherman


Rich & Sandy Mochel
Being educated as an engineer I've always been interested in new technology. I figured solar panels had advanced to the point I could have it installed and would receive economic benefits, so I installed a system 3 years ago. Generating half of my homes electrical needs was important to me and it's eco friendly. I always thought solar was a good investment, and now with great improvements in technology, I probably should add to my system.

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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1987 Wabash Ave, Springfield
1987 Wabash Ave, Springfield


Barney's Furniture
We set up our Ashley Homestore system back in 2011 when solar panels were dropping in price. We were able to see the energy savings fairly quickly after doing that project. In researching a system for Barneys new location in 2017 we discovered that the panels had dropped even more in pricing! With the generous Renewable Energy Credits and tax credits that were available to us it was an easy economic decision. Solar panels not only provide us a great way to reduce energy consumption but it also shows the community that Barneys, along with Ashley Homestore, are helping with the efforts in contributing to a better Springfield.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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McLEAN COUNTY

2319 Mabel Rd, Normal
2319 Mabel Rd, Normal


Mary and Hank Campbell
When we built the home about 8 years ago we included Geothermal as the house is all electric in the country. We are in view of the wind turbines in northwest Normal and think it is important to have alternative energy sources. Solar seemed like the next thing to add to our home to decrease energy useage. Our home is insulated concrete form construction from the basement to the roof. Hank taught in this field at ISU .

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- GeoThermal

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1317 Towanda Ave, Bloomington
1317 Towanda Ave, Bloomington


Heather Evert
We got serious about installing solar when incentives, decreasing installation costs and easy installation with ongoing customer support became a possibility with the Straight Up Solar group buying program in our county. My husband and I get a little thrill every time we open an electric bill and find out our solar array generated all the electricity we used in the house.

Technology Installed  by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY

2462E 1900N RD, Moweaqua
2462E 1900N RD, Moweaqua


ZZZ Farms
The payback looked extremely attractive and installation looked realistic. I had a location that would work and producing your own energy was a plus.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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2805 Wedgewood Dr, Champaign
2805 Wedgewood Dr, Champaign


David Tracy
For us, it is a great investment. We’ll save a lot on energy costs over the years, increase our property value, and as a bonus reduce our carbon footprint very substantially. That’s for our grandchildren!

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels by Straight Up Solar 
- GeoThermal
- EV


Go to Map
1016 W. White St, Champaign
1016 W. White St, Champaign


David Tewksbury
We are hoping to reduce our family’s impact on the environment. The time seemed to be right to install the system, given the financial incentives in place right now.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels 

Go to Map
1017 W. White St, Champaign
1017 W. White St, Champaign


Scott Willenbrock
I retrofitted my 1929 house into a zero-net-energy house in order to combat climate change. You can read about my house at http://physics.illinois.edu/outreach/zero-net-energy-house/

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels
- GeoThermal
- EV


Go to Map
1712 Phillippe Drive, Mahomet
1712 Phillippe Drive, Mahomet


Cara Day
I installed solar because I want an energy source that doesn't diminish my world.  I like to breathe clean air.  I want to be part of the solution.

Over 20 years ago I had looked at going solar when I first bought my house. At the time, the efficiency and cost wasn't feasible; payback time was estimated to be about 20-25 years.  Today, right now, it's approximately 7 years!

We have one planet.  What can you do to make it a better place for not just you, but for your kids? And their children?

Technology Installed by Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

Go to Map
2060B Cty. Rd. 125 E, Mahomet
2060B Cty. Rd. 125 E, Mahomet


Philip Geil
It was the thing to do, going along with our energy conserving house self-built in 1983. The PV size is needed to heat water for our animals in the winter, exhaust greenhouses in summer; excess credited by Ameren in the summer. System currently consists of 96 panels (21.7 kW), ground mounted, installed in 3 sections, retilted 4x/yr to optimum tilt, plus 10 kW turbine. Note the solar is essentially maintenance free, wind is several hundred $/year. Production of 2012 installed 8 kW array has been 13% greater than estimated for equivalent power 30° constant tilt ground mount and 33% greater than a 14° tilt roof mount.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- Small Wind Turbine
- Passive Solar
- GeoThermal

Go to Map
503 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana
503 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana


Marya Ryan and Pete Resnick
The original installation was done not only to “do the right thing” for renewable energy, but also to provide backup power for a home office, and to play with the latest technology. It had the added bonus of providing some shading, and therefore reducing heat load, on a south facing roof right over the home office. The latest round of solar panels (completely filling the roof and nearly tripling capacity) were put in to take advantage of the Grow Solar / Solar Urbana-Champaign program.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

Go to Map
209 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana
209 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana


Paul & Jennifer Hixson
We have been concerned for some time about global warming and wanted to do what we could to reduce our carbon footprint.  Of course, we were also interested in lowering our cost of our electric bill.  As PV technology has advanced, this seemed to be a perfect way to achieve both goals.  Thus far, for the first 6 months of 2017, our 2 PV systems have produced 58% of the electricity we have used.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

Go to Map
206 Ira St, Urbana
206 Ira St, Urbana


David and Ellen Willcox
We like the idea of reducing our environmental impact as much as possible. We wanted to do as much we can to reduce consumption of fossil fuels. As it happens, our panels produced more electricity that we used in its first year of installation.

Technology Installed by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panels

Go to Map
2507 Applewood Rd, Champaign
2507 Applewood Rd, Champaign


Jeff Hoover
So that I can run the a/c and hot water heater without guilt from CO2 emissions, mostly.  Also, I want to have power in case of natural disaster taking out the utility (this happened to us a few years back and it was absolutely miserable).

Technology Installed  by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panels

Go to Map
809 S 5th Street, Champaign
809 S 5th Street, Champaign


McKinley Foundation and Church
Economically and environmentally, the installation of a solar panel system was in line with the goals of the Foundation.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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309 W Green Street, Urbana
309 W Green Street, Urbana


Universalist Unitarian Church, Urbana
Andy Robinson's Green Team, in partnership with Faith in Place, led the charge to bring a 24.3kW system to the UU Urbana Church. Renewable energy meet the economic and environmental goals of the Church.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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3603 South Race St, Urbana
3603 South Race St, Urbana


Illinois Solar Decathlon
Re_Home placed 7th out of 20 teams at the U.S Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in 2011. Illinois Solar Decathlon’s student run projects team dedicated 3 full semesters to designing a practical Net-Zero home in order to showcase new sustainable technologies on the market as well as engage the community in green building and living.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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2805 Wedgewood Dr, Champaign
2805 Wedgewood Dr, Champaign


David Tracy
For us, it is a great investment. We’ll save a lot on energy costs over the years, increase our property value, and as a bonus reduce our carbon footprint very substantially. That’s for our grandchildren!

Outside Viewing Only

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels by Straight Up Solar 
- GeoThermal
- EV


Go to Map
1016 W. White St, Champaign
1016 W. White St, Champaign


David Tewksbury
We are hoping to reduce our family’s impact on the environment. The time seemed to be right to install the system, given the financial incentives in place right now.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels 

Go to Map
1017 W. White St, Champaign
1017 W. White St, Champaign


Scott Willenbrock
I retrofitted my 1929 house into a zero-net-energy house in order to combat climate change. You can read about my house at http://physics.illinois.edu/outreach/zero-net-energy-house/

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels
- GeoThermal
- EV


Go to Map
1712 Phillippe Drive, Mahomet
1712 Phillippe Drive, Mahomet


Cara Day
I installed solar because I want an energy source that doesn't diminish my world.  I like to breathe clean air.  I want to be part of the solution.

Over 20 years ago I had looked at going solar when I first bought my house. At the time, the efficiency and cost wasn't feasible; payback time was estimated to be about 20-25 years.  Today, right now, it's approximately 7 years!

We have one planet.  What can you do to make it a better place for not just you, but for your kids? And their children?

Technology Installed by Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

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2060B Cty. Rd. 125 E, Mahomet
2060B Cty. Rd. 125 E, Mahomet


Philip Geil
It was the thing to do, going along with our energy conserving house self-built in 1983. The PV size is needed to heat water for our animals in the winter, exhaust greenhouses in summer; excess credited by Ameren in the summer. System currently consists of 96 panels (21.7 kW), ground mounted, installed in 3 sections, retilted 4x/yr to optimum tilt, plus 10 kW turbine. Note the solar is essentially maintenance free, wind is several hundred $/year. Production of 2012 installed 8 kW array has been 13% greater than estimated for equivalent power 30° constant tilt ground mount and 33% greater than a 14° tilt roof mount.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- Small Wind Turbine
- Passive Solar
- GeoThermal

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503 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana
503 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana


Marya Ryan and Pete Resnick
The original installation was done not only to “do the right thing” for renewable energy, but also to provide backup power for a home office, and to play with the latest technology. It had the added bonus of providing some shading, and therefore reducing heat load, on a south facing roof right over the home office. The latest round of solar panels (completely filling the roof and nearly tripling capacity) were put in to take advantage of the Grow Solar / Solar Urbana-Champaign program.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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209 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana
209 W. Indiana Ave, Urbana


Paul & Jennifer Hixson
We have been concerned for some time about global warming and wanted to do what we could to reduce our carbon footprint.  Of course, we were also interested in lowering our cost of our electric bill.  As PV technology has advanced, this seemed to be a perfect way to achieve both goals.  Thus far, for the first 6 months of 2017, our 2 PV systems have produced 58% of the electricity we have used.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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206 Ira St, Urbana
206 Ira St, Urbana


David and Ellen Willcox
We like the idea of reducing our environmental impact as much as possible. We wanted to do as much we can to reduce consumption of fossil fuels. As it happens, our panels produced more electricity that we used in its first year of installation.

Technology Installed by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panels

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2507 Applewood Rd, Champaign
2507 Applewood Rd, Champaign


Jeff Hoover
So that I can run the a/c and hot water heater without guilt from CO2 emissions, mostly.  Also, I want to have power in case of natural disaster taking out the utility (this happened to us a few years back and it was absolutely miserable).

Technology Installed  by
Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panels

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809 S 5th Street, Champaign
809 S 5th Street, Champaign


McKinley Foundation and Church
Economically and environmentally, the installation of a solar panel system was in line with the goals of the Foundation.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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309 W Green Street, Urbana
309 W Green Street, Urbana


Universalist Unitarian Church, Urbana
Andy Robinson's Green Team, in partnership with Faith in Place, led the charge to bring a 24.3kW system to the UU Urbana Church. Renewable energy meet the economic and environmental goals of the Church.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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3603 South Race St, Urbana
3603 South Race St, Urbana


Illinois Solar Decathlon
Re_Home placed 7th out of 20 teams at the U.S Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in 2011. Illinois Solar Decathlon’s student run projects team dedicated 3 full semesters to designing a practical Net-Zero home in order to showcase new sustainable technologies on the market as well as engage the community in green building and living.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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MENARD COUNTY

11485 Post St, Athens
11485 Post St, Athens


Tony Naylor
Friend installed roof units on his home. After seeing the total out of pocket it actually cost, plus monthly savings on my electric bill.

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panel
- GeoThermal

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PEORIA COUNTY

310 W Stratford Dr, Peoria
310 W Stratford Dr, Peoria


Harry Elger
I installed a solar system to generate clean, renewable energy, reduce utility cost, reduce demand for petroleum, take advantage of federal tax credit, Illinois state rebate, dropping prices of solar panels, micro inverters, improved computer monitoring, and energy credits. In order to take full advantage of my solar energy, I have had 4 electric bicycles, an electric scooter, two electric motorcycles, and plan to get an electric Tesla or Prius.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- EV

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201 Spring St, Peoria
201 Spring St, Peoria


Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc.
We believe solar power is a part of the energy solution.  It is now an affordable and far better alternative to fossil fuel.  It's also an investment in our business. 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- EV

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1532 W. Fredonia, Peoria
1532 W. Fredonia, Peoria


Bradley Hillel Organization
Yona Lunken was the solar PV champion for Bradley Hillel and worked to promote green energy for the organization to meet its economic and environmental goals.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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3000 W Richwoods, Peoria
3000 W Richwoods, Peoria


Universalist Unitarian Church, Peoria
Rick Grawey was instrumental in promoting green energy for this organization, which was in line with the Church's goals both environmentally and economically.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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MENARD COUNTY

11485 Post St, Athens
11485 Post St, Athens


Tony Naylor
Friend installed roof units on his home. After seeing the total out of pocket it actually cost, plus monthly savings on my electric bill.

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panel
- GeoThermal

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PEORIA COUNTY

310 W Stratford Dr, Peoria
310 W Stratford Dr, Peoria


Harry Elger
I installed a solar system to generate clean, renewable energy, reduce utility cost, reduce demand for petroleum, take advantage of federal tax credit, Illinois state rebate, dropping prices of solar panels, micro inverters, improved computer monitoring, and energy credits. In order to take full advantage of my solar energy, I have had 4 electric bicycles, an electric scooter, two electric motorcycles, and plan to get an electric Tesla or Prius.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- EV

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201 Spring St, Peoria
201 Spring St, Peoria


Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc.
We believe solar power is a part of the energy solution.  It is now an affordable and far better alternative to fossil fuel.  It's also an investment in our business. 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- EV

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1532 W. Fredonia, Peoria
1532 W. Fredonia, Peoria


Bradley Hillel Organization
Yona Lunken was the solar PV champion for Bradley Hillel and worked to promote green energy for the organization to meet its economic and environmental goals.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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3000 W Richwoods, Peoria
3000 W Richwoods, Peoria


Universalist Unitarian Church, Peoria
Rick Grawey was instrumental in promoting green energy for this organization, which was in line with the Church's goals both environmentally and economically.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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TAZEWELL COUNTY

1983 W. Cruger Rd, Washington
1983 W. Cruger Rd, Washington


Jay Steffen
We installed a solar electricity system to reduce our environmental impact and energy cost.

Technology Installed  by Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

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LOGAN COUNTY

75 1250th Street, Middletown
75 1250th Street, Middletown


New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88
Received a grant to pay 90% and saw it as an excellent instructional tool to include in the Science Tech Engineering and Math curriculum. 

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panel

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VERMILLION COUNTY

5403 US Rt. 150, Fithian
5403 US Rt. 150, Fithian


Ron Feltes
I wanted solar because CO2 is contributing to the mass extinction that’s going on now -especially by Ocean Acidification.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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TAZEWELL COUNTY

1983 W. Cruger Rd, Washington
1983 W. Cruger Rd, Washington


Jay Steffen
We installed a solar electricity system to reduce our environmental impact and energy cost.

Technology Installed  by Straight Up Solar:
- Solar Panel

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LOGAN COUNTY

75 1250th Street, Middletown
75 1250th Street, Middletown


New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88
Received a grant to pay 90% and saw it as an excellent instructional tool to include in the Science Tech Engineering and Math curriculum. 

Technology Installed:
- Solar Panel

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VERMILLION COUNTY

5403 US Rt. 150, Fithian
5403 US Rt. 150, Fithian


Ron Feltes
I wanted solar because CO2 is contributing to the mass extinction that’s going on now -especially by Ocean Acidification.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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WOODFORD COUNTY

166 E. South Lakeview Drive, East Peoria
166 E. South Lakeview Drive, East Peoria


Ann Schreifels and Vincent Migeotte
Everyone has different hobbies and ours is environmental conservation. We hope to offset the energy needs of our house and electric car (Tesla Model S). We just finished a remodel to the house and will be transforming the yard to native plants to build a better habitat for wildlife and minimize water use.

Entrance to the subdivision is off 116 (by Germantown Hills), not Spring Bay Road.


Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- GeotThermal
- EV

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542 Co. Road 2500 East, El Paso
542 Co. Road 2500 East, El Paso


Shannon Fulton
I installed solar because I wanted to reduce our family’s consumption of coal-based electricity and make a financial commitment to clean energy production that will benefit generations to come.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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DEWITT COUNTY

619 N Jackson St, Clinton
619 N Jackson St, Clinton


Roger Strubhar
Having worked for Ruyle Mechanical, one of Central Illinois largest Solar Installers, for 39 years as a Steamfitter / HVAC Service Technician I decided to do a self install of my 7.8 KWh solar system. I have seen may changes over the years to improve energy efficiencies in the HVAC field and decided to improve my own energy footprint by using less energy from the grid.

The first portion of my install was 20 - 285 watt modules.  I then added 6 - 250 watt modules, and finished out the install two months ago with 2 - 300 watt modules.  All 28 modules are mounted on Ironridge racking using Enphase S280 micro inverters.  With the Enphase reporting system I can easily pull up information about my system with my phone or any computer.  You can see my system at the following web site:
https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/csSj1007495
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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WOODFORD COUNTY

166 E. South Lakeview Drive, East Peoria
166 E. South Lakeview Drive, East Peoria


Ann Schreifels and Vincent Migeotte
Everyone has different hobbies and ours is environmental conservation. We hope to offset the energy needs of our house and electric car (Tesla Model S). We just finished a remodel to the house and will be transforming the yard to native plants to build a better habitat for wildlife and minimize water use.

Entrance to the subdivision is off 116 (by Germantown Hills), not Spring Bay Road.


Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- GeotThermal
- EV

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542 Co. Road 2500 East, El Paso
542 Co. Road 2500 East, El Paso


Shannon Fulton
I installed solar because I wanted to reduce our family’s consumption of coal-based electricity and make a financial commitment to clean energy production that will benefit generations to come.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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DEWITT COUNTY

619 N Jackson St, Clinton
619 N Jackson St, Clinton


Roger Strubhar
Having worked for Ruyle Mechanical, one of Central Illinois largest Solar Installers, for 39 years as a Steamfitter / HVAC Service Technician I decided to do a self install of my 7.8 KWh solar system. I have seen may changes over the years to improve energy efficiencies in the HVAC field and decided to improve my own energy footprint by using less energy from the grid.

The first portion of my install was 20 - 285 watt modules.  I then added 6 - 250 watt modules, and finished out the install two months ago with 2 - 300 watt modules.  All 28 modules are mounted on Ironridge racking using Enphase S280 micro inverters.  With the Enphase reporting system I can easily pull up information about my system with my phone or any computer.  You can see my system at the following web site:
https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/csSj1007495
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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MORGAN COUNTY

1322 Concord Rd, Concord
1322 Concord Rd, Concord


Ed and Elizabeth Anderson
You must be the change you wish to see in the world- Gandhi.

Everything we have ever done using renewables has far exceeded our expectations. The future is renewables. 
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- Solar Hot Water

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FORD COUNTY

169 Prairie Turn, Cabery
169 Prairie Turn, Cabery


Mark Wilkerson
I've invested three decades of my life enabling as much solar as possible because, to me, it only makes sense as for the world and as an extension of the American Dream...a step toward energy independence.
 

Technology Installed by
SOLAR SERVICE INC:
- Solar Panel
- Solar Hot Water
- Passive Solar Design

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141 Tamarind Court, Cabery
141 Tamarind Court, Cabery


Breean Miller
We moved from Chicago to rural Illinois to live a more sustainable lifestyle. We were lucky to find a home with a significant solar and wind system (along with a battery bank) already installed by the previous owner. We don't even notice when the power goes out!
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel by Straight Up Solar
- Small Wind Turbine

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MORGAN COUNTY

1322 Concord Rd, Concord
1322 Concord Rd, Concord


Ed and Elizabeth Anderson
You must be the change you wish to see in the world- Gandhi.

Everything we have ever done using renewables has far exceeded our expectations. The future is renewables. 
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel
- Solar Hot Water

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FORD COUNTY

169 Prairie Turn, Cabery
169 Prairie Turn, Cabery


Mark Wilkerson
I've invested three decades of my life enabling as much solar as possible because, to me, it only makes sense as for the world and as an extension of the American Dream...a step toward energy independence.
 

Technology Installed by
SOLAR SERVICE INC:
- Solar Panel
- Solar Hot Water
- Passive Solar Design

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141 Tamarind Court, Cabery
141 Tamarind Court, Cabery


Breean Miller
We moved from Chicago to rural Illinois to live a more sustainable lifestyle. We were lucky to find a home with a significant solar and wind system (along with a battery bank) already installed by the previous owner. We don't even notice when the power goes out!
 

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel by Straight Up Solar
- Small Wind Turbine

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SANGAMON COUNTY

3888 N Peoria Rd, Springfield
3888 N Peoria Rd, Springfield


API Solar
Harnessing the power of the sun as a means to support our energy needs is a method that we believe is extremely under utilized, yet clearly has the potential to change the way we power our world. After capitalizing on available incentives to drive down the already declining cost of solar technology, we are now enjoying the benefits of free, clean, renewable energy.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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1037 N. 5th St, Springfield
1037 N. 5th St, Springfield


Bicycle Doctor
Bicycle Doctor is a green business, Bikes are green and I felt that the shop should be also. I am also a e-bike dealer so all of my E-bikes get their first charge from the sun! I even let folks know how they can set up a panel at home to charge their bikes. I have put 3.3kw PV on the house next to my shop. It’s a tall house and hard to see the panels from the street.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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4325 Clearwater Ln, Springfield
4325 Clearwater Ln, Springfield


Tung Nguyen
I prefer clean power over traditional power. The rebates definitely reduced the cost and encouraged me to install the renewable energy system. I am not quite happy about that fact that the state's fund was scrapped by the governor.

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Technology Installed:
- Solar Panels
- EV

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1604 Cressa Ct, Springfield
1604 Cressa Ct, Springfield


Brad and Erin Paris
My grandfather installed a solar heating system when I was a child which helped me understand the benefits of such systems. As an adult I decided to install solar as a way to both save energy and do my part to be environmentally friendly. I started with a 5.0kW install back in 2012 and was able to install another 4.86kW array in 2014 to offset 100% of our annual consumption.  

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Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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2249 East Grandview Ave, Springfield
 2249 East Grandview Ave, Springfield


Joel Johnson
I purchased this system to stabilize my energy costs and offset close to 100% of my consumption.

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Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels

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6101 Willow Springs Road, Springfield
6101 Willow Springs Road, Springfield


Ric Thompson and Luz Lopez
We built our home in 2006 and designed it with the plan of eventually adding a solar system. Ten years later, our solar system was installed! Our reasons for adding solar were to reduce our energy consumption and to be good stewards of the environment.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panels
- GeoThermal

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6200 Farrier Place, Springfield
6200 Farrier Place, Springfield


Lisa Miller
As an educator and mother with a passion for environmentalist justice issues and member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps., I wanted to act with intention as a model to inspire what people can do in the face of our changing global climate to decrease their carbon footprint. I wanted to leave a positive legacy in tribute and gratitude to my late parents Al and Milly Slabon and brother, Dr. Wayne Slabon. Our father Al had been a successful builder in Chicago in his heyday and he would have appreciated the good business sense of this renewable energy system along with the look of the Sunmodule black panels that do not detract from the beauty of the prairie style design of our home.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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15 Oak Wind Road, Cantrall
15 Oak Wind Road, Cantrall


Ann & Gil Opferman
This also allows us to levelize our cost of energy and hedge against inflation. We are very environmentally focused and have wanted to install solar at our residence for some time.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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745 Woodside Road, Springfield
745 Woodside Road, Springfield


Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
As part of the Green Sanctuary Movement, The Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation wanted to honor their seventh principle of “Respecting the Web of Nature of which we are a part”, by initially installing 2.2kW and then adding two more panels to make a 2.7kW array with Enphase 250 micro-inverters. They mounted them on the Southeast facing Sanctuary roof to insure “solar electrons” will be energizing the lights during morning services year round. They are the first church in Springfield to have solar panels.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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28 Carole Rd, Springfield
28 Carole Rd, Springfield


Bob Croteau
I have been interested in solar since the early 1970s and built solar air panels, hot water systems, passive solar structures and a small 100-watt 12 volt circuit PV system with batteries for my home. This view is of my 2 kw Solar World Enphase system that provides 20% of our needs.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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Southwind Road and 2nd Street, Springfield
Southwind Road and 2nd Street, Springfield


Southwind Park Solar Sunflower and Calendar
This Solar Sunflower is actually a 1kW solar array. It is 18-feet in diameter and 25-feet tall in the center of Southwind Park. But it is also a solar calendar, with a human interactive sundial and sunrise and sunset viewing benches.

Technology Installed:

- Solar Panel

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6405 Canadian Cross, Springfield
6405 Canadian Cross, Springfield


Prairie Engineers, P.C.
Choosing to install a solar photovoltaic system at our new office in Springfield was an easy decision to make.  This project aligns with one of our core values of creating a more sustainable built environment, and with a breakeven point of less than six years, it’s a smart investment for our future!

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