December 12, 2018
Since 2016, Vermonters interested in installing a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system have relied on "A Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar," a free guidebook produced by the Clean Energy States Alliance and the Vermont Public Service Department. The guide was updated in the fall of 2018 to reflect changes in Vermont's net metering rules.
May 7, 2018
CESA worked with the District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to publish two new state-specific guides for residents considering going solar.
The guides aim to help consumers make informed decisions about solar. They cover topics including how solar can save consumers money, different methods of system ownership or finance, and key questions to ask before signing a contract. State-specific issues are also covered, including programs, rebates, and permitting requirements. Read the OPC guide here and the MEA guide here.
August 10, 2017
The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), in conjunction with the George Washington University Solar Institute, has released three short videos for consumers who are considering adopting solar:
November 10, 2016
State governments have an increasingly important obligation and opportunity to present the public with sound, unbiased, user-friendly information on solar energy systems and financing options. With hundreds of thousands of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being installed at homes, businesses, and institutions, consumers need help to ensure that they make decisions that give them long-lasting satisfaction rather than regrets.
September 13, 2016
Homeowners in New York have a new resource to guide them through the complicated process of financing a residential solar installation. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in collaboration with CESA, has released the “Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing in New York," available here. This guide is a modified version of CESA’s 2015 publication, “A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs,” designed to help homeowners make informed decisions about financing solar. CESA has also worked with state agencies in Massachusetts and New Mexico on state-specific guides. CESA will release a Spanish language version of the homeowner’s guide in the coming months.
September 2, 2016
The U.S. distributed solar market has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade.  Over seventy- times the residential solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity was installed in the U.S. in 2015 (2,099 MW) as was installed in 2005 (27 MW).  While the significant opportunities for gainful enterprise in the residential PV economy signal solar market health, they have also brought consumer-focused issues to the fore. Policymakers, regulators, advocacy groups, and the solar industry are giving increasing attention to ensuring that consumers receive accurate information and ultimately have good experiences with solar energy installation. A number of new resources are intended to help further residential solar understanding.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has put forth a Solar Consumer Protection Resource webpage with various resources focused on improving consumer transparency, reducing transaction costs, and increasing the potential for asset securitization for solar customers. SEIA’s Solar Consumer Protection Resource webpage includes: