Solar Energy Association Releases New Consumer Protection Guides
Take advantage of resources designed to safeguard customer rights.
Celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2016, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America.
The Association’s most recent press release details some new transactional documents it has created to help simplify the process even further. These “standardized disclosure statements” were created to make it easier for consumers to compare solar quotes and feel comfortable with proposals before signing any agreements.
“We strive to make the process of going solar as straightforward and transparent for customers as possible, and these new forms help achieve that,” said Tom Kimbis, SEIA’s interim president. “These disclosure forms are a big step forward toward creating a marketplace of consumers who are fully informed and educated in choosing solar.”
“The SEIA disclosure forms are a positive step in the right direction,” said Mary E. Power, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “The Better Business Bureau supports SEIA’s efforts to provide accountability and transparency that will help strengthen the industry, and increase trust in the marketplace. These advancements demonstrate SEIA’s commitment to building a strong, self-regulated industry that will ensure greater consumer protections,” said Power, whose group is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.
SEIA has continued to emphasize the importance of obtaining several quotes when shopping for solar panel systems. The competitive marketplace is an advantage to homeowners but it can be a lot of information to take all in at once, so using forms like these break down the process. When using a marketplace like 123SolarPower, you can be assured that the companies are certified and have plenty of experience in your area. However you do decide to shop for solar panels, we encourage you to do research on potential solar power companies. You can always ask reference and their proof of licensure, as well as check the BBB for any consumer complaints. Make sure that they are familiar with any tax credits you qualify for through the state or federal government.