Solar Buying Guides
The Fastest, Easiest, Most Reliable Way to Shop for a PV System by Yourself
The Solar Buying Guides take you through Solar Consumer Advisor's exclusive four-step shopping process. They give you all the information you need to make the right decisions in the right order about getting solar, especially in the greater L.A. (Los Angeles) area.
There are four Guides, one per shopping step: Whether, What, Who, and How:
1. Whether Solar Makes Sense for You: are solar panels worth it
2. What Solar Equipment to Get: size, brands, models, and price
3. Who to Get It From: which installer to use
4. How to Acquire It and Pay for It: leasing, buying, or PPA, plus financing
You can request any of the free guides by clicking on it's cover in the sidebar of this page.
Each guide comes with its own Checklist that you can use to record your facts, decisions, and notes as you read. You'll end up with a handy summary of exactly what you want and what questions to ask. Very useful when it's time to talk with an installer.
To Check on Your Potential Costs and Savings
If you haven't already used the Solar Panel Cost & Savings Calculator to see whether your electricity bill is large enough to make solar worthwhile, now would be a good time to try it.
Free Help Is Also Available When You're Ready
Whenever you're ready - probably after reading the first two Solar Buying Guides - you can take advantage of my free service by phone or email for all SCE customers interested in solar, whether just wondering if it makes sense, starting to learn about it, choosing equipment, considering ways of financing, or looking for a reliable dealer-installer.
I'll also stand behind you throughout the sales process, installation, and even afterward.
Reasurrances: I'm not selling anything; no pressure. I don't reveal any contact information unless you specifically ask me to, and even then only to a single dealer.
About the Solar Buying Guides
The Solar Buying Guides cover the four essential steps in shopping for a photo-voltaic (PV) system. They are written for all PV shoppers, beginner to expert. They strike a balance between too technical for most people to understand and too simplistic to be useful.
The Guides have been reduced to the bare minimum shoppers need to make the right decisions about getting solar. Links to additional information on and off the website are included for more depth, facts, reasoning, and evidence. The Guides, combined with the supplementary linked articles, contain everything needed to shop for solar successfully. One-stop research.
The True Facts about Solar
Widespread myths, errors, and misleading advice about PV systems are noted, explained, and corrected. Important information hard or impossible to find elsewhere is presented and organized to facilitate understanding and quick reference.
The information is as clear, accurate, up-to-date, honest, impartial, and thorough as my extensive research has allowed me to make it. Reasoning is always provided and evidence cited, so that you can check for yourself.
The Only Guides Designed Specifically for SCE Customers
SolarConsumerAdvisor.com is the only website and these Buying Guides are the only ones written specifically for customers of Southern California Edison (SCE). Most calculations for solar shopping depend heavily on utility rates, and SCE's rate schedules are very different from most other utilities, even in California. In addition, different geographic areas have different amounts of solar radiation and different weather, and these also change the numbers significantly.
Other solar websites generalize across many utilities and regions, which is one of the reasons their estimates and guidelines are often so inaccurate, especially for SCE customers. They call them "ballpark" or "rough approximations."
Restricting the numbers to SCE's customers allows very precise calculations and amounts for system sizes, costs, and savings. Assumptions are fully spelled out, so that all estimates can be modified by the consumer to fit their own circumstances.
As far as can be discovered from a thorough look at solar websites and solar information available to the public, SolarConsumerAdvisor.com is also the only resource for solar shoppers that takes all factors into account in its calculations. The unique Solar Panel Cost & Savings Calculator gives the most accurate estimates online of the true, bottom-line costs & savings of PV systems for SCE customers.
The 4 Solar Buying Guides