Contact: Nate Hausman, firstname.lastname@example.org
States have a vested interest in promoting a fair and competitive marketplace for solar consumers. They can play an important role in ensuring that distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly.
CESA has produced a variety of resources to give states guidance on solar consumer protection issues. Through the Sustainable Solar Education Project, a two-year, U.S. Department of Energy-supported project which concluded in 2018, CESA provided information to state and municipal officials on topics related to strengthening solar equitability, improving consumer information, and implementing consumer protection measures. Under the project, CESA produced a report and three guides on topics related to solar consumer protection:
- State Solar Contract Disclosure Requirements
- Solar Information for Consumers
- Standards and Requirements for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing and Certification
- Consumer Protection for Community Solar
CESA has also produced a suite of materials directly for solar consumers—resources that state governments have used and adapted for solar consumers in their jurisdictions.
- Under the Sustainable Solar Education Project, CESA released three short videos for solar consumers — Rooftop Solar Financing 101, Choosing a Solar Installer, and Will Solar Panels Save You Money? — which were produced by the George Washington University Solar Institute and are available for states and municipalities to share on their websites.
- In 2015, CESA published A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs (with versions available in both English and Spanish) to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar financing and worked with officials in Massachusetts, New Mexico, and New York to publish state-specific versions of the guide for those states.
- CESA has published broader consumer solar guides for Vermont, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
In 2018, CESA conducted an in-person workshop for state officials on solar consumer protection. Arising out of this workshop, CESA established a listserv for state officials to share information, resources, and ideas related to solar consumer protection.
CESA continues to track and engage on solar consumer protection issues. If you have questions about CESA’s ongoing solar consumer protection efforts or its solar consumer protection listserv, contact CESA Project Director Nate Hausman at email@example.com.