National residential home solar power prices continued their drop over the last year by an average of at least 3.3% from the year before. The industry has worked hard to pull costs out of a solar installation as they tackle equipment and soft cost (installation, permitting, marketing) efficiencies, making solar more affordable than ever for many Americans.
US solar shoppers are exercising their consumer choice and using the internet to research and comparison shop for residential home solar power. After several years of rapid growth, with several of the larger solar companies using fairly aggressive sales techniques, including telemarketing and door to door, consumers are more frequently now taking their time, jumping on the web, and getting multiple bids before pulling the trigger.
The City of Cambridge, Ma announced the launch of a new residential solar power program on April 4th called "Sunny Cambridge". The new program will provide access to online tools and resources for residents to make educated choices about solar for their homes. Cambridge, MA is home to such powerhouse institutions as Harvard and MIT, along with the thriving research and high tech ecosystem surrounding these universities.
National Grid, an electric utility with operations in the northeast announced in a press release that Rhode Island electric customers will have access to the EnergySage online solar quote platform as part of their new SolarWise Rhode Island Program. The collaboration is part of National Grid's Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program which will make it easier for customers to research and pursue a home solar energy system.