Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has updated resources under its Consumer Protection Portal to cater to the increased demand for solar energy, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentives. To increase access, SEIA is also in the process of translating the material into Spanish.
With rising energy bills and IRA incentives, consumers are more enthusiastic about adding solar and storage into their energy mix. SEIA recognizes the demand and wants to provide resources that simplify and streamline decision-making, empowering consumers to make informed choices.
The materials released will assist consumers and guide businesses to understand the challenges posed by consumer protection laws.
SEIA is in the process of releasing an updated Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power that gives consumers a comprehensive overview of solar power and storage, including financing options, shopping tips, and FAQs. There is also an updated factsheet on the Section 25D residential tax credit and California’s net billing program to help consumers maximize the benefits of these incentives.
As standalone energy storage systems are included in federal incentives under the IRA, many consumers proactively incorporate batteries to enable round-the-clock solar power usage for their houses. SEIA’s resources also shed light on the advantages of solar + storage systems, highlight eligible systems for the tax credit, and offer guidance on certain critical aspects for consumers.
For businesses, SEIA has developed a free Consumer Protection 101 video course as part of its Solar 101 Program, accessible on the SEIA Online Learning Center. SEIA will also conduct a comprehensive update to its Consumer Protection Primer, which is an essential resource for understanding state and federal laws regarding consumer protection within the solar industry.
“The Inflation Reduction Act has launched a wave of new interest in reliable, low-cost solar power,” noted SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “SEIA’s new consumer education resources are helping to meet this transformational moment and empower all Americans to confidently access the benefits of our solar-powered future.”
She further added, “Solar remains one of the most popular energy sources in America, and these new tools will help even more Americans use solar for the first time.”