The solar industry has launched a set of new tools aimed at helping consumers across the nation learn more about going solar. The new tools, introduced by the Solar Energy Industries Association today (March 29) build on previous tools SEIA has launched to make it easier and safer for consumers to go solar as it anticipates 4.4 million homes will be solar powered in the US by 2012—up from 1.4 million now.
“SEIA’s efforts to provide accountability and transparency that will help strengthen the industry and increase trust in the marketplace,” said Mary Power, CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “The disclosure forms released this week demonstrate SEIA’s commitment to building a strong industry while ensuring greater consumer protection.”
The new suite of tools, according to SEIA, are disclosure agreements covering the gamut of options for financing a residential solar system including solar leases, purchases and power purchase agreements. The agreements are being sent to governors, attorneys general, state consumer advocates, public utility commissions, solar companies, financial institutions, lead generators, federal agencies and other allied organizations across the US in an attempt to help standardize such documents and the resulting transactions for consumers.
The documents add to a number of tools SEIA has introduced to better educate consumers about home solar systems. They will help consumers interested in going solar to ask solar companies appropriate questions, compare competing offers from solar installers and better know what to expect from their solar system over the years, SEIA stated.
“We’ve been developing top-of-the-line resources for years—now it’s about spreading the word and getting these resources into the hands of people who need it,” said SEIA’s president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Solar is still a new power choice for millions of Americans, and it’s critical that we cultivate a well-informed customer base. By doing their homework and making use of these tools, consumers and stakeholders alike will feel confident and comfortable in the decision to go solar.”
The new documents and SEIA’s other consumer tools are available via the advocacy organization’s consumer protection portal. “Using these resources benefits everyone - consumers, solar companies and financial institutions,” said Nick Mack, general counsel of Spruce Finance and co-chair of the SEIA Consumer Protection Committee. “We feel strongly that solar companies across America, large and small, should be using these tools today.”
In addition to sending the new tools to officials and solar companies, SEIA is launching a media campaign to introduce the resources to millions of consumers considering solar this year. The organization also continue introducing more and improved consumer tools as the industry grows.Tweet