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Reports PDF (8.67 MB)

August 2, 2018 - by Nate Hausman, Georgena Terry, and Justin Cooper - CESA

State Solar Contract Disclosure Requirements

This report examines existing state solar contract disclosure policies and explores some of the areas of commonality and divergence among these state policies. Read more »

Project: Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (2.09 MB)

April 27, 2018 - by Diana Chace (CESA) for the DC Office of the People's Counsel

A DC Consumer's Guide to Going Solar

This guide aims to help DC consumers make an informed decision in considering whether to install a solar energy system in their home. Read more »

Project: Solar, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (2 MB)

January 31, 2018 - by Jeffrey J. Cook and Lori Bird, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Unlocking Solar for Low-and Moderate-Income Residents: A Matrix of Financing Options by Resident, Provider, and Housing Type

This report identifies the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance PV for low- and moderate-income customers. Read more »

Project: Solar, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (5.72 MB)

January 17, 2018 - by Diana Chace (CESA) and David Comis (MEA) for the Maryland Energy Administration

A Maryland Consumer's Guide to Solar

The Maryland Energy Administration and the Clean Energy States Alliance have developed a Maryland Consumers Guide to Solar, designed to be a resource for Maryland residents considering home solar photovoltaic systems. Read more »

Project: Solar, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports Link (Video)

August 10, 2017 - by GW Solar Institute for CESA

Rooftop Solar Financing 101 (video)

This video introduces three common solar financing methods: loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) and briefly explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Read more »

Project: Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports Link (Video)

August 10, 2017 - by GW Solar Institute for CESA

Choosing a Solar Installer (video)

This video offers advice for customers in selecting a solar contractor, questions that customers should ask a solar contractor, and information that should be included in a solar contractor’s bid. Read more »

Project: Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports Link (Video )

August 10, 2017 - by GW Solar Institute for CESA

Will Solar Panels Save You Money? (video)

This video discusses key questions homeowners should explore when assessing whether going solar makes financial sense, including how the cost of solar compares to savings from solar, how the federal tax credit works, and the extent to which a homeowner’s electricity bill can be offset by solar. Read more »

Project: Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (10MB)

July 27, 2017 - by Clean Energy States Alliance

Directory of State Clean Energy Programs and Policies for Low-Income Residents

This document surveys current and planned state activities that seek to bring the benefits of clean energy to low-income residents and communities. It focuses primarily on clean energy generation, but also covers some energy-efficiency initiatives. It does not include low-income weatherization programs. Read more »

Project: Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (3.93 MB)

June 8, 2017 - by Diana Chace & Nate Hausman, CESA

Consumer Protection for Community Solar: A Guide for States

This guide discusses consumer protection issues that may arise in community solar projects for residential consumers, and the role states can play in ensuring appropriate consumer protections. Read more »

Project: Solar, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (6.10 MB)

May 15, 2017 - by Bentham Paulos (PaulosAnalysis) for CESA

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

This guide outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption. Read more »

Project: Sustainable Solar Education Project