Sustainable Solar Education Project
The Sustainable Solar Education Project supported the sustainable growth of the distributed solar market by providing information and training to state and municipal officials to help ensure that distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households.
The project started in March 2016 and ran through July 2018. The first year of the project centered around research, development, and production of a series of guides for state and municipal officials. The final year and a half was focused on providing in-person training on project issues and disseminating project resources to our target audience. The project's final report is available here.
The Sustainable Solar Education Project produced and disseminated a suite of resources for states and municipalities on topics related to strengthening solar equitability, improving consumer information, and implementing consumer protection measures. A cornerstone of the Sustainable Solar Education Project was the production of a series of six guides and one report:
- Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide for States
- Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs: A Guide for States and Municipalities
- Standards and Regulations for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing & Certification: A Guide for States and Municipalities
- Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities: A Guide for States and Municipalities
- Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Consumers: A Guide for States and Municipalities
- Consumer Protection for Community Solar: A Guide for States
- State Solar Contract Disclosure Requirements
The Sustainable Solar Education Project released three short videos for solar consumers, which were produced by the George Washington University Solar Institute:
Other resources produced through the project included webinars, in-person workshops, and a monthly electronic newsletter with updates on project activities and news from around the country on solar consumer protection and solar equitability.
The Sustainable Solar Education Project was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office under Award Number DE-EE0007321. If you have any questions about the Sustainable Solar Education Project, contact Nate Hausman at firstname.lastname@example.org.