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Published on December 26th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Solar Tool to Help Residential Solar PV Customers

December 26th, 2011 by  

rooftop solar panels

SolarTech, a non-profit solar industry consortium, has created a system for reporting and comparing solar energy quotes for customers. It is called the SolarTech’s Solar Energy Estimate Report (SEE Report) and is available on SolarHub.com (go straight to it on the link above).

The site notes: “Solar contractors employ a variety of tools to size systems and provide detailed quotations for prospective customers. Differences in the methodologies, assumptions, and output presentations of these individual tools can make consumer comparisons difficult. The SEE Report’s standardized performance calculations and simplified report format designed to provide a ‘good faith estimation’ that solar contractors or consumers can use to present and compare solar system proposals.”

Of course, what’s critical for the “report” to be useful is broad use by commercial solar sales professionals and proposal tool providers.

The folks behind the report compare it to the Federal government’s new-car MPG rating system. “Just like the EPA’s new vehicle MPG rating system, the SEE report isn’t an absolute prediction (or guarantee) of forecasted performance. Its real value is as a relative comparison across multiple system proposals in an easily understood consumer friendly report format.”

Rooftop solar panels via shutterstock 

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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