Solar for Homeowners

Rooftop Solar Financing 101

Going solar can be intimidating and trying to select the best financing option might seem complicated, but it's easier than it first appears. This video gives an overview of three common solar financing methods: loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

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Choosing A Solar Installer 

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.

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Will Solar Save You Money? 

This short 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.

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About STEP

The Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program continues the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative's foundational work on reducing soft costs by addressing gaps in solar training and energy education, both within the solar workforce and in professions that play a crucial role in solar deployment. The STEP program enables solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations and establishes new credentials in solar operations and maintenance. Regardless of industry, an efficient, well-trained workforce familiar with solar improves inspection compliance, expedites system permitting, reduces liability and insurance costs, and increases consumer confidence.


Sunshot Initiative


Planet Forward


Solar Institute