Yesterday (June 11) the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) introduced its SEIA Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power. The new guide joins a host of other tools out there to help homeowners and everyone else, go solar—now that more options like community solar are starting to open up. SolarReviews’ sister site Solar-Estimate, for instance, offers a unique, leading solar estimator tool developed with support from the Department of Energy that helps homeowners understand what size system they will need as well as cost and other factors.
The new guide from SEIA was designed to add to the library of knowledge to help people go solar. “It’s a step-by-step checklist that will help consumers seamlessly transition to clean, affordable solar energy,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “Consumer protection is an issue of highest priority and is vital to solar’s future growth across America.”
While most installers are on the up-and-up, the guide and programs like SolarReviews’ Pre-Screened Solar Pros help homeowners find the best solar installers for the job. The guide walks homeowners through the basics of solar power, informs them about ownership options, like power-purchase agreements, leases, loans and outright purchases. It also gives homeowners a list of questions they should ask an installer before choosing to use their services.
"Solar power provides significant benefits to you and to the environment, but make sure you do your homework before you sign up,” said Vivint Solar CEO Greg Butterfield. “A little research upfront can help you get the most out of your investment over time.”
SEIA said the guide was produced as part of a joint effort of leading solar companies across the industry. It complements SEIAs existing Code of Ethics, which SEIA members are required to practice.
“Across America, solar power is providing a cleaner, more affordable alternative to electricity generated by coal and gas—and the number of solar homes is rapidly increasing,” said Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity. “The solar industry has always put consumers first and worked hard over the last three years to develop industry best practices such as: technology performance, warranties, contracts, and financing terms for solar products. It’s not a coincidence that the industry’s leading solar companies all have A or higher ratings with the Better Business Bureau.”
"The solar industry is committed to consumer protection and transparency,” said Nick Mack, general counsel at Clean Power Finance. "Solar companies rely on referrals and consistent payments for financed solar systems, so it is in our own best interest to protect consumers and provide them with a positive experience."Tweet