Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide for States
November 8, 2016
by Warren Leon, Clean Energy States Alliance
States have an increasingly important opportunity to present the public with sound, unbiased, user-friendly information on solar energy. This guide, prepared by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), explains why states should provide consumer information on solar, describes the types of information that can be useful, and points out existing educational efforts by states and other entities that provide models and useful resource information. Although the focus of the guide is on educational efforts by states, its messages and approaches can apply to municipalities, counties, and municipal utilities that want to provide consumers with information on solar.
This is one in a series of program guides being produced by CESA as part of its Sustainable Solar Education Project. The project aims to provide information and educational resources to help states and municipalities ensure that distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and its benefits are accessible to low- and moderate-income households. In addition to publishing program guides, the Sustainable Solar Education Project will produce webinars, an online course, a monthly newsletter, and in-person training on topics related to strengthening solar accessibility and affordability, improving consumer information, and implementing consumer protection measures regarding solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.