Consumer ResourcesIn addition to IREC’s Be Solar Smart — A Checklist for Residential Consumers Considering Solar Energy and IREC’s Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights, these resources offer additional information and explanations.

Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power informs potential solar customers about the financing options available, contracting terms to be aware of and other useful tips. Solar Energy Industries Association

When going solar, should you lease or buy? The pros, cons, and costs of installing a solar photovoltaic system
Consumer Reports: February 27, 2015

Solar Power for Your Home: A Consumer’s Guide addresses the basics of a solar photovoltaic system, placing and sizing the system and covers buying or leasing including solar leasing versus ownership calculators. LSU AgCenter

Solar Power for Your Home Federal Trade Commission site covers solar power options, determining if solar energy is right for you, buying or leasing a solar system and other important information. Federal Trade Commission

A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans, and PPAs includes insight on leases, loans and power purchase agreements. Clean Energy States Alliance and the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative 

Solar Leasing Disclosure Statement designed to help solar customers understand the terms and costs of a solar lease. It is not intended to be a substitute for reading the contract, lease and other documents associated with a solar transaction. Solar Energy Industries Association 

Best Practices in Public Claims for Solar Photovoltaic Systems a series of questions and answers regarding PV and the issues specific to selling and claiming Renewable Energy Certificates (“RECs”). Though the paper focuses mainly on photovoltaics, many of the issues discussed pertain to other types of distributed generation. Center for Resource Solutions

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency. Easy to use through a map and zip code search function. North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) professional certification for renewable energy professionals throughout North America. Search by state to find a certified professional. NABCEP

Clean Energy Credentialing Organizations in the clean energy sector that offer practitioner and hardware certifications. IREC

National Solar Licensing Map a web-based resource with licensing requirements by state for installing photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. Easy-to-use search function by state. IREC

Freeing the Grid: Best Practices in State Net Metering Policies and Interconnection Procedures a web-based grading system by state includes information and explanations of net metering and interconnection. These policies allow consumers to generate their own clean electricity without burdensome red tape and costs. IREC and VoteSolar

Solar Power Purchase Agreement Disclosure Statement explains the terms and costs of consumer solar power purchase agreements (PPA). Solar Energy Industries Association


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