Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar

Are you considering the prospect of getting solar panels to harness the sun’s energy for your home? This is a complex decision that requires some knowledge of the process, an understanding of how to go about finding professional help and some ideas of what to expect in the short and long run. 

As an independent, education-focused nonprofit association, Solar Washington can provide you with unbiased, objective information to support your decision-making process through this series of short webinars.

Part 1: Should you Consider Solar? 
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 -- Dever Haffner-Ratliffe helped the audience understand what solar is, what to expect with solar panels and, most importantly, whether your home is suitable for solar panels. Click on the link to view a recording of the webinar: Part 1 of this 5-part series.  (view the links mentioned in the webinar)
Part 2: Understanding Incentives and Solar Financing Options
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 -- Now that it looks like your place is suitable for solar, can you afford it? Dever Haffner-Ratliffe explores your prospects for financing and the incentives you can realistically expect. Click on the link to view a recording of the webinar: Part 2 of this 5-part series  (view the links mentioned in the webinar)
Part 3: Getting and Reviewing Solar Quotes
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 -- You are moving forward with your intention of getting solar panels on your home, so it's time to go out and get some bids. In Part 3 of this 5-part series, Dever Haffner-Ratliffe will help you understand those solar quotes so you can feel confident before choosing a company to install solar on your property.  Click on the link to view a recording of the webinar: Part 3 of this 5-part series  (view the links mentioned in the webinar)
Part 4: What Happens Next?
View the recording -- You now understand the benefits of solar, how much the installation will cost and how you can finance your project. In Part 4 of this 5-part series, Dever Haffner-Ratliffe will take you to the final steps of what to expect after you sign up with a contractor: the installation, connections, day-to-day usage, maintenance, etc.  Click on the link to view a recording of the webinar: Part 4 of this 5-part series  (view the links mentioned in the webinar)
Part 5: Electrify Your Solar Home
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 -- Finally, after switching to solar panels is a good time to review how you use electricity by evaluating your homes for opportunities to scale down or eliminate fossil fuel-based energy consumption. In this webinar, Anders Alexander takes you on a journey to electrify your home. Click on the link to view a recording of the webinar:  Part 5 of this 5-part series  (view the links mentioned in the webinar)

Part 1-4 presenter, Dever Haffner-Ratliffe, is a Solar Washington board member with years of experience in solar. She began her career working at a solar installer, worked for the State in various clean energy-related positions, and now works in government affairs for a public utility district. She recently launched a website to help consumers shopping for solar.

Part 5 presenter, Anders Hellum-Alexander is a Solar Washington board member who has worked in the solar industry in California and Washington since then and is now the VP of Business Development at LoanTerra.

Feedback from Webinar #1:

This was one of the best seminars I have ever attended. Everything was well prepared and the presenter, Dever, was knowledgeable, articulate, presented a comprehensive overview of what sounds like a fairly complex subject and did so in a way that was both professional and understandable. It was an impressive presentation from someone who clearly has the experience to make her presentation credible.

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  • Chantal Stevens
    published this page 2024-06-18 13:34:43 -0700

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