A Builder’s Toolkit for Solar

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Contact: Anna Stern
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As states and jurisdictions take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many localities are considering ways to limit direct (from heating and cooling) and indirect (consumption of electricity by the building occupant) emissions from the building sector. One strategy for builders to consider is the integration or addition of solar photovoltaics (PV).

This toolkit is in process, and additional resources will be added on regularly in the coming months.

Getting Started

Did you know that enough energy from the sun hits the Earth every hour to power it for an entire year? The key is capturing that energy. This video from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) explains some basic concepts about how solar PV works.

If you are interested in a deeper dive into solar and current issues facing the industry, learn more below.

  • Solar Panel Design Plan

    The Basics

    A solar PV system uses an array of panels to convert
    sunlight to a home’s electrical load, exporting any excess energy produced from the system to the utility’s grid infrastructure.

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  • Solar Mandate

    Solar Mandate Pros and Cons

    Is your jurisdiction considering mandating the use of solar for residential construction? Consider these examples of pros and cons for mandating solar, as well as potential questions to ask your local policymakers about key topics areas. 

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  • Solar System Financing

    Solar System Financing

    A solar PV system can be a significant financial investment, but the number of available financing options has increased in recent years. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of loans, leases and power purchase agreements.

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  • Solar Toolkit Intro Collaboration

    Solar Ready Roof

    If it’s not possible to add solar PV on a new build, providing a client with a solar PV ready roof can provide benefits at a later point in time.

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  • Firefighter on Solar Panel Roof

    Fire Safety and Solar PV

    It is important to take fire safety precautions while installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, whether the panels are installed by a professional solar contractor or by a division within your company.

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  • community solar

    Community Solar

    Community solar allows multiple people to benefit from solar energy — usually in the form of a credit on the electric bill — even if the panels are located at an offsite location.

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  • Solar Battery Storage

    Battery Storage

    If your customer has opted for solar PV, he or she may also be interested in exploring battery storage options.

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