Grow solar in Texas and protect solar customers

Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would protect solar customers by making sure they are informed about their installation. It would also stop local governments from imposing excessive restrictions on solar.

Texas’ solar market is ready to boom. More and more Texans understand that going solar is the right choice for their family.

As this happens, there are steps the state should take to ensure solar grows in a way that benefits consumers.

Two of these steps are contained in the Solar Consumer Protection Act. The bill has two main provisions:

1. It clearly defines what information solar companies must provide to customers in writing.

This includes:

  • A description of all equipment to be installed;
  • The full cost of all equipment to be installed;
  • Representations, if any, made as part of the agreement regarding the expected operational performance and financial performance of the generation resource; and
  • All applicable warranties
  • Additionally, for homeowners who lease their systems, installers must provide:
  • The term and rate of the lease. This includes any terms that change the rate you pay.
  • A statement of whether the lease is transferable to a new owner where the system was installed.

2. It protects homeowners from unfair limits on their ability to install solar

The law prevents municipalities from limiting home solar installations beyond what is restricted by a homeowners association or utility.

Use the form at the right to contact your state senator. Personalize your message. Tell them why you support solar energy. If you have gone solar yourself, tell them how solar is benefiting your family.

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