California is currently the nation's largest market for solar power installations; it has great sun, great solar policies, relatively high conventional (non solar) electricity rates, and a vibrant solar installer eco-system. So how does a homeowner start the process of finding the right system and the "best" deal for their particular situation?
Prices for US Residential Home Solar Power systems continued to drop in 2015 and early 2016 preserving the industry trend of steady price reductions. Installed prices, before incentives, for residential solar systems dropped by approximately 5% or $0.20 per watt nationwide, and 7% or $0.30 per watt for "smaller" (under 500KW) non residential or light commercial solar systems.
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.
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.