What The CPUC Wants You To Know About Solar
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has just released a new version of their Consumer Solar Protection Guide,, which provides valuable information to homeowners about solar. The CPUC requires a California consumer to read and sign the guide before signing a solar contract.
The Mission Of The Solar Protection Guide
The CPUC created the guide to protect consumers by educating them about solar. If you take the time to read the document before going solar, then you’ll be able to spot false claims and make a good purchasing decision.
Who Needs To Sign The CPUC Guide?
Residential solar customers in Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric must docusign the CPUC guide.
The Key Changes In The New Version
Consumers must sign the new guide electronically or by hand (wet-sign). The salesperson must disclose the language used in the sales presentation and provide license information from the California State Licensing Board, including their Home Improvement Sales Registration Number. You have rights, and you should know them.
The CPUC California Public Utilities Commission recommends reading the guide 48 hours before signing any contracts. They want you to have ample time to read it so it can help you make a sound decision.
Download The New Guide Now
Download the newly updated Solar Protection Guide.
Financing: PACE, LOANS & PPAs
The CPUC Consumer Solar Guide dives deep into solar financing because false promises have misled many homeowners. PACE loans create a tax lien that will jeopardize your home if you don’t pay your taxes.
The Solar Installation Process
The solar guide gives a detailed outline of the solar installation process. You should become familiar with the basic timeline so you’ll know that your project is on track.
Is Solar A Good Fit For Me?
While solar will benefit most people, it’s not right for everyone. There are many considerations to be aware of before signing a contract. Always research your contractor properly and understand your financing terms.
Understanding The Different Rolls
Different entities will contribute to your solar installation, but many consumers don’t have a clue of who does what. The permitting jurisdiction, the utility company, the solar installer, the lender and the salesperson are not necessarily related to each other, but will play a part in your project.
Picking Your Solar Installer
Before you sign a contract, be sure to ask the right questions. The guide has a thorough list of questions for you to choose from. Company background, design, and warranties are some important topics.
EnergySage is the best option for homeowners who want to receive quotes from vetted, qualified solar installers. Their solar marketplace ensures you won’t fall victim to predatory and price-gouging tactics from installers without the consumer’s best interest in mind.
Check out our post on picking the best solar company for more information about choosing the right solar contractor.
Net Energy Metering & Time Of Use
Your utility provider will enroll you in their Net Energy Metering program and put you on a Time of Use rate (SCE, PGE, and SDGE). Understanding how these elements affect your electric bill savings is vital. The guide explains them both, including the True-Up settlement bill.
Read The Solar Protection Guide
I’ve covered many key points in the Solar Protection Guide, filled with even more in-depth info you should read. Reading the guide is smart and required before signing a contract. Download your copy and be sure to visit our YouTube channel for more pro tips.