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Cover image for resource: Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates.

Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates

April 2, 2018

This report aims to establish basic factual information about income trends among U.S. residential solar adopters, with some emphasis on low- and moderate-income households.

Project Overview: Sterling Municipal Energy Storage Project

February 26, 2018

This two-page handout provides a brief overview of a battery storage installation that is providing vital resiliency and economic benefits to the town of Sterling, Massachusetts.

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

January 31, 2018

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

A Maryland Consumer’s Guide to Solar

January 17, 2018

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.

Customers in Most States Could Cut Energy Costs by Adding Battery Storage to Solar

September 14, 2017

New research shows that more than 25 percent of all commercial customers across the continental United States may be able to further reduce their electricity bills by adding battery storage in conjunction with solar installations.

Rooftop Solar Financing 101 (video)

August 10, 2017

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.

Choosing a Solar Installer (video)

August 10, 2017

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.

Will Solar Panels Save You Money? (video)

August 10, 2017

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.

Consumer Protection for Community Solar: A Guide for States

June 8, 2017

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.

Solar Risk: How Energy Storage Can Preserve Solar Savings in California Affordable Housing

May 17, 2017

A new analysis finds that energy storage can effectively hedge against proposed changes to California’s solar policies and utility rates that could drastically reduce the value of solar.