The Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2018 — The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released an updated Installation Best Practices Guide for Residential Portfolios, a vital document for all parties involved in a solar transaction.

The white paper, developed by members of SEIA’s Solar Quality Assurance Working Group, provides recommended best practices on everything from contractor qualifications to the design and actual installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

“As an industry, it’s important for our companies to deliver consistently high-quality installations,” said SEIA’s president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “This resource is a roadmap to that success. With companies following these best practices, solar consumers, regulators, investors, and other stakeholders can feel fully confident in their decision to go solar.”

“We commend SEIA on the publication of the updated Installation Best Practices Guide for Residential Portfolios,” stated Richard Lawrence, Energy, Sustainability & Resilience Program Director for the Institute of Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). “With this document, the industry has developed consensus guidelines applicable to all parties involved in the residential PV system finance and installation chain needed to ensure quality, reliability, and financial transparency.”

The newly-released best practices guide builds on the earlier efforts of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and will be updated as proper protocol dictates. SEIA’s Solar Quality Assurance Working Group intends on developing a similar consensus-based document for commercial solar portfolios next.

“Solar continues to make strides as an asset class with the capital markets,” said Chris Doyle, Founder, and President of SiteCapture. “Investors and rating agencies rely on proactive industry adoption of these initiatives and we are excited to help provide the framework to enable investment-grade system installation.”

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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