Share your solar story

Congratulations on going solar!

Now that you’ve gone solar, it’s time to share your story.

First-hand stories from homeowners like you can make a huge difference in showing others who are considering going solar that the process is doable and worthwhile!

This toolkit will provide you with everything you need to share your solar story in several different ways. Once you share your story with us, we’ll share it with the Solar United Neighbors network on our website, Facebook page, and newsletter. We also encourage you to share your story with friends, family & neighbors!

Step 1: Writing a Testimonial

Reflect on your own experience going solar and write up your answers the following questions. Please be as thorough as possible in your answers!

  1. Your full name (and the names of other members of your household)
  2. Town and State where you live
  3. Name of the Solar Co-op you went solar with (if applicable)
  4. What are the specifications of your system (number of kilowatts, number of panels)?
  5. What interested you about going solar initially? Why do you support solar energy?
  6. Why did you choose to go solar with Solar United Neighbors?
  7. What benefits did you experience going solar with a co-op (if applicable)?
  8. Has anything surprised you about going solar?
  9. Do you have any data on your solar system’s performance? What electricity savings have you seen since going solar?
  10. What advice would you give to someone who is considering going solar?
  11. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Send your responses to: getinvolved@solarunitedneighbors.org

Step 2: Photographing Your Family with Your Solar Panels

Photos are a great way for homeowners considering going solar to visualize what it would be like to have solar panels on their own home.

  • Have a neighbor or friend take a few photos of your family with your solar panels in the background. Photos that include people are much more impactful than photos of just the panels!
  • If possible, use a digital camera set to it’s highest resolution setting instead of a smartphone.
  • If you or someone you know has a professional camera, it’s best for photos to be 300 DPI and have a pixel ratio of at least 1302 pixels x 636 pixels

Get creative! Make a sign that says “We Went Solar” for your family to hold up in a few of the photos

Include everyone! Pets, kids, and as many family members as possible make for the best photos!

Take a variety of shots! Your kids pointing to your panels, you and your inverter, your family with your state flag or Solar United Neighbors yard sign, the sky is the limit!

Click here to download the “We Went Solar” sign:

Send your photos to: getinvolved@solarunitedneighbors.org

 

Step 3: Filming a Video Testimonial on your Smartphone

What’s even more captivating than a photograph? A video!

  • Ask your spouse, child, or neighbor to help by being your videographer, that way you can focus on sharing your story in front of the camera
  • Setting up the shot
    • Choose a good background – if your videographer can get you and your solar panels in the shot that is ideal, but sitting on your steps, porch, or in your yard can make for a great setting too. You can also film your video in a well-lit area inside of your house.
    • Consider noise – if you choose to film your video outside, make sure to keep the noise level in mind – such as traffic and construction. Try to reduce noise other than your voice as much as possible and you may need to do a few takes if you have any interruptions.
    • Up close and personal – keep the distance between you and your videographer pretty close to make sure you can be well heard during your video.
  • Content
    • Be sure to start off your video with your name, where you are from, and that you went solar. You can stop it right there or you can share more about your experience. Here are some ideas about what else to say:
      • How many kilowatts your system is or kilowatt-hours your system produces each monthVideographer Volunteer
      • Why you decided to go solar
      • What your experience with the co-op was like
      • Why you would encourage other people to go solar
      • What you wish you knew before that you now know about solar
  • Keep it Short and Sweet – Your video should ideally be 30 seconds – 1 minute long. Keeping your video within this length will make it more likely that viewers will watch it.
  • Practice Makes Perfect – Practice what you are going to say in your video a few times before starting to record. You can also record a few takes and choose which one you like best!
  • If you’re feeling video savvy; take your video to the next level: give us a tour!
  • Show us your house, your solar system, your inverter and your family. Let your kids tell the story, or include your pets in the movie! Drone videos of your solar system are great too. Make it fun!

Send your videos to: getinvolved@solaruntiedneighbors.org 

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us!

Allan and Marcia Gelb

Allan and Marcia Gelb – Orlando, Florida

My initial interest in solar energy was just the concept: “free” energy from a non-depletable resource, the sun. Allan and Marcia Gelb, Solar homeowners ...

Carol and Bill Reuther – Wheeling, West Virginia

We love having the solar system.  We check the production amount every day, and so, I think that we are more conscious of energy use, and try to conserve ...

Chuck Kleymeyer and Ann Delorey – Arlington, Virginia

Go solar and bring at least two friends or neighbors along with you. Put pressure on your legislators to expand the depth and breadth of solar power in your ...

Dave and Kelly Campion – Bowie, Maryland

We waited for the city of Bowie to get a solar co-op in place due to the cost involved -- saved thousands of dollars! Dave and Kelly Campion, Solar ...

Eugene Matthews – Oberlin, Ohio

It just sits there and makes electricity for you. It’s the right thing to do. If enough people do this, we’ll have an impact. Eugene Matthews, Solar ...

Dane Cherry and Melissa Westman-Cherry – Washington, D.C.

 Going solar through the co-op was a simple and easy experience - plus I met some very nice folks throughout the process. Dane Cherry and Melissa ...
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