Solar Customer Resource Portal
SEIA provides consumers the tools they need to make an informed decision of whether and how to go solar. Take a look at our consumer resources to learn about your options for going solar, what to look for in an offer, questions to ask a solar company, your rights, and more.
In an effort to make 'going solar' as effortless and streamlined as possible, SEIA has developed a Guide to Solar Power tailored for residential consumers. This 6 page guide informs potential solar customers about the financing options available, contracting terms to be aware of, and other useful tips. This guide will be updated regularly.
There are currently more than 1.5 million residential solar systems in the U.S. Roughly every 90 seconds, a new customer is going solar somewhere in the U.S. Accordingly, it’s important that homeowners, real estate brokers, mortgage brokers, and other stakeholders in the residential housing market across the country understand the value of a solar system on a residential property. SEIA has developed this brief guide that explains best practices for valuing a residential solar energy system.
Everyone should have the right to go solar on their property. Some states enshrine that right with solar access laws, which prohibit local governments and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) from preventing homeowners from going solar. Unfortunately, not every state has these laws; even in some that do, HOAs may still have outdated policies that block homeowners’ solar access and propagate solar myths about aesthetics and property values. This guide can help you overcome HOA objections to your solar installation and to provide practical advice to make your HOA solar-friendly.
Using SEIA's dedicated EnergySage Marketplace, you can compare quotes, estimate your savings and find local solar installers. It's a one-stop-shop for those interested in joining one of the 1.5 million American households that are saving money by switching to solar!
To reach as broad an audience as possible with SEIA's flagship resource designed to educate consumers on the process of going solar, we have translated our Consumer Guide to Solar Power into Spanish.
These streamlined statements are designed to help solar customers understand the terms and costs of a solar transaction - for a cash sale, lease or PPA. They are not intended to be a substitute for reading the contract, lease and other documents associated with a solar transaction.
Consumers who rent their homes, live in an apartment, do not have unshaded or otherwise well-oriented roof space, or may not qualify for a lease now have the ability to choose community solar in an increasing number of states. Entering into a community solar agreement is a significant decision, similar to signing up for a cell phone, and consumers should understand the basics of solar energy, where community solar is available, key terms in agreements, and the right questions to ask solar professionals.
Large scale solar projects, such as community solar and investor-owned solar systems on farms, can use approximately 6 to 7 acres for every megawatt (MW) of solar installed, so a 5 MW project would require 30 to 35 acres. As a result, solar developers routinely contact farmers and other landowners to obtain sufficient land to develop a financeable project. To help land owners understand the opportunities and implications of leasing their property for solar installations, SEIA has developed this comprehensive guide.
As part of SEIA's consumer protection efforts, SEIA has developed the Complaint Resolution Process for the SEIA Solar Business Code, which is designed to resolve complaints regarding violations of the SEIA Solar Business Code. SEIA is now accepting complaint submissions from the public, along with supporting documents, for review by SEIA and its Resolution Panels.
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