Solar Energy Estimate Report (For Consumers & Solar Providers)

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For anyone who wants to dig into the options a solar contractor looks at when he or she decides what to install on your property, or what a potential solar system should provide for you, the Solar Energy Estimate (SEE) Report offers a pretty detailed look.

From the SEE Report website:

“The SEE Report is a simple one page report that shows you the estimated energy output the chosen system will produce in one year (in KWh) as well as the estimated energy output the system will produce over a time period of 25 years. Comparing the one year and 25 year energy output numbers to the ones provided on a second SEE Report for a different system is a simple way to compare and evaluate the performance of two different solar electricity systems. The SEE Report also includes a bar graph showing the estimated energy output for the first year by month.”

Going on:

“Besides giving a good faith estimate of system performance, the SEE Report also shows the PV system specifications on which the outputs are based. While these might seem confusing at first, the specifications are essential because they allow you to reconstruct the inputs that were entered when generating the report at hand. The SEE Report is based on a variety of inputs including equipment choices, installation specification, and geographical data. Showing the inputs on the actual report, results in more transparency for you.”

Here’s a sample report:

The report can also be used by solar providers if you happen to be a provider not a consumer.

If you want more details before visiting the site, here’s a video on the report:


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