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:

solar finRooftop Solar Financing 101 introduces three common solar financing methods: loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) and briefly explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.


solar instChoosing a Solar Installer 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.


solar monWill Solar Panels Save You Money? 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.    

The videos are free. States and municipalities and other solar stakeholders are encouraged to share the videos and to use them as resources on their websites.

The three videos were produced by the GW Solar Institute for CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project. This project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Solar Training and Education for Professionals program. The GW Solar Institute produced the videos with GW’s Planet Forward, which uses interactive media to empower new voices and lead a global conversation on the planet’s future. Solar videos produced by GW Solar Institute for other organizations are available at
Contact CESA Project Director Nate Hausman by email at or by phone 802-223-2554 x206 if you have any questions about these videos or how you can use them.