BOSTON — Understanding the importance and value of an educated consumer, EnergySage and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) introduced the SEIA-endorsed EnergySage online solar marketplace, a one-stop shop providing consumers with all of the essential tools and resources needed to evaluate solar energy systems and make informed purchasing decisions.

SEIA, the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, is the voice of the solar industry at the federal and state level, advocating for the protection and expansion of the U.S. market for all solar technologies.

SEIA represents the entire solar industry – from small business owners to multi-national companies to installers, financiers, nonprofits and engineers in the lab. EnergySage is the only independent comparison-shopping website for solar energy systems and financing options in the country, and a champion of the consumer’s right to transparency, simplicity and choice.

Together, the organizations are helping to eliminate the barriers to solar energy adoption.

“Our goal is to continue providing the solar industry with the best and most up-to-date information possible no matter what. From advocating on the frontlines for the successful policies that need to be in place, like the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to outreach on consumer protection – an issue that we consider to be of the utmost importance when it comes to solar’s future growth across America – SEIA is working hard to make the choice of ‘going solar’ easy,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “We believe this new online solar marketplace will serve a truly essential need as more and more Americans continue to turn to solar as their top energy choice.”

EnergySage is a single online destination where homeowners and businesses can quickly obtain free, unbiased information about solar technology, receive answers to questions about all aspects of “going solar,” and obtain competitive price quotes on turnkey solar energy systems that will meet their individual needs. The SEIA EnergySage marketplace provides consumers with easy access to multiple SEIA member installers and financiers in their local area. Consumers purchasing a solar energy system through the marketplace can expect to save up to 20 percent on the total cost of their purchase, as compared to getting a quote directly from an individual installer.

“Beyond the obvious synergy, we share SEIA’s commitment to promoting legislative developments that advance and grow America’s solar industry,” said EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal. “We recently joined the association on Capitol Hill for its Southeast Federal Lobby Day to discuss the critical impact that extending the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) beyond 2016 will have on residential solar adoption. It’s our mission to make the process of shopping for solar energy systems as straightforward and affordable as possible, and to play a key role in helping consumers get the greatest return on their solar investments.”

About SEIA
Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

About EnergySage, Inc.
EnergySage provides the first comprehensive online marketplace for consumers and businesses interested in converting to solar energy. By enabling people to comparison shop for “apples-to-apples” competitive quotes from pre-screened installers and financiers, the EnergySage Marketplace typically delivers cost-savings of up to 20 percent when compared to going directly to installers. EnergySage also simplifies today’s complex solar industry by providing tools and unbiased information that enable people to fully understand their product and financing options as well as their return-on-investment scenarios. Many leading organizations have forged partnerships with EnergySage to promote the adoption of solar energy, including Connecticut Green Bank, Staples, Walgreens and the World Wildlife Fund.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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