How It Works

Welcome to EnergySage! Below you will find an overview of the EnergySage Marketplace and how it works.

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Getting Started

Introduction to EnergySage

EnergySage is the solar industry’s first and only online comparison-shopping marketplace for solar. We are backed by the U.S. Department of Energy and leading organizations as a straightforward way to help millions of Americans go solar. By using our platform, you can review detailed educational material, and engage with our team of Solar Advisors throughout your buying experience. Most importantly, EnergySage gives you the ability to easily receive and compare multiple solar quotes from our extensive network of pre-screened installers.

Reviewing your property profile

After you have signed up on EnergySage and set up your property profile, our team of Solar Advisors will review your property to ensure it’s a good fit for solar and check that your profile information is complete and accurate. We may contact you if we need any additional information.

The EnergySage installer network

EnergySage has an extensive network of over 300 pre-screened, high-quality solar installers who will compete for your business. Our rigorous screening process ensures that all our installers are licensed, insured, experienced, and have a reputation for delivering exceptional customer service. Because of our extensive coverage, you’re very likely to find several high-quality solar installers that are local to your property.

EnergySage Solar Advisors

The EnergySage Solar Advisor team is made up of solar energy experts with backgrounds and training in solar panel technology, financing options, and installation best practices. They are a 100% free resource that we offer to our solar shoppers to assist in the solar buying experience.

This team can help:

  • Answer your questions about solar
  • Review your solar quotes with you
  • Work with installers to ensure you receive all the information you need
  • Support you in making the best decision for your property

Property Profile

Attaching your electric bill

Your electric bill provides detailed energy usage history and pricing information that is critical to helping solar installers design the right system for you. This information ensures that your new solar energy system will meet your annual electricity needs, and also allows EnergySage to accurately forecast the financial benefits you will receive from installing solar.

How to get your electric bill

Most utilities allow you to download an electronic copy of your bill so you can then upload that to EnergySage. The complete bill with all the pages is ideal, including your usage in that month and also your history of usage over the last year.

If you don’t have an electronic version of your bill, you can scan it or take a picture with your smartphone and email it to You can also fax it to 509-352-1100.

OR fill in your bill details

If you cannot attach an electronic version of your bill, you can still enter your bill details to get started. This should include your last bill amount, kWh usage for that month and an estimate of your average monthly usage throughout the year, taking into account seasonal variation.

Completing your property profile

To get the best solar quotes possible, please complete the solar preferences section of your profile. These questions include various details like the type of financing you prefer (if any) or the age of your roof. You can specify if you’d like solar installers to be able to contact you via phone, or only EnergySage. Solar Advisors can call you to help move your project along.

Message Center

Engage with installers

You can easily communicate with installers through the EnergySage Message Center. This system allows you to keep your email address private and to organize all of your communications in one place. You should feel free to reach out to installers at any time with questions or to schedule a call or site visit. You can reply to installer messages directly from your email inbox and still keep your email address private, and you can send out a single message to all installers to save time!

If you decide not to go solar

Out of respect to the installers who took the time to send you a custom installation quote, please let your Solar Advisor know if you are not planning to move forward with solar or if you are going to wait. This allows installers to update their records and will let them know that they do not need to reach out to you any longer.

Getting Quotes

Getting interest from installers

Properties with complete profiles that are good fits for solar are likely to get a lot of interest from installers. You will start to receive email notifications of installers who are interested in providing you with a quote.

Typically, about three installers will submit quotes online within a week or so. They may contact you in advance to ask some questions or to set up a site visit to ensure their quote is accurate. You can request a phone call or site visit at any time simply by sending installers a message on the Message Center.

Little to no interest

If there is little to no installer activity in your property, then your Solar Advisor will reach out to you to offer assistance. There are a few steps that we can take to help you get some more quotes. The first step is to reexamine your property profile and make sure that all the information that installers need is filled out correctly.

Quotes Submitted

Reviewing quotes

Interested solar installers will submit a quote through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. You can review the quote in detail online and compare it with the other quotes you’ve received. Additionally, you can always speak with your Solar Advisor to help you review your options.

If a solar installer sends you a quote directly through email, mail or in person, please ask them to upload it to the EnergySage Marketplace. One of the key benefits of using the Marketplace is that it displays all of your quotes in an easy, apple-to-apples format, ensuring you make an informed decision.

Quotes can be updated

You can always ask the installers to revise and update their quote to your liking. For example, if you would like to have the installers use a specific panel brand, inverter type or quote a particular system size, just send them a message on the Message Center to let them know of your preferences so they can modify the quote accordingly.

Comparing Quotes

The quote comparison tool

One of most valuable features of EnergySage is the ability to easily compare quotes in our standardized side-by-side view. Before installers submit custom quotes for your property, this tool will show you a sample of typical solar quotes in your area. Once you start receiving custom quotes from solar installers interested in your property, it will become populated with your customized installation offers and options.

Important metrics

Each quote contains a variety of important metrics to consider. Key aspects include the profile of the installer, the technology offered, solar energy production information, the warranties offered and the customer service mentality of the installer. In addition, EnergySage highlights many of the important financial metrics that you can use to evaluate each option, such as payback period. These metrics all have explanations to help you understand their importance, and you can always reach out to your Solar Advisor if you have any questions.

The benefits of comparing quotes

Make use of EnergySage’s quote comparison tool to fully understand the key differences between all your offers. You can examine system pricing, technology used, warranties offered, installer reviews, design differences and more. You can also compare each financing option to see which one offers the best overall value for you. People using EnergySage generally save 20% or more off the costs of installing solar simply by receiving multiple quotes, comparing them, and selecting the best value.

Making Your Decision

Selecting your installer

When you have decided which installer’s quote you would like to move forward with, you should select it by clicking the orange “Select Installer” button.

Confirming your quote

After you click “Select Installer”, you can review their quote details once more and then press the “Confirm” button to inform the winning installer.

Selecting an installer online will…

1. Lock in your deal

This will inform the installer that you are interested in working with them. Selecting the quote online does not create an obligation to move forward. This will let the installer know that they should follow-up with you to provide you with a contract for services.

2. Notify the losing installers

Selecting an installer will notify the other installers that you have chosen a different provider. Moreover it allows you to provide all losing installers with feedback without having to spend time calling or emailing them individually.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Solar Advisor directly.

After contract signing

Now that you have signed a contract for a solar installation, your installer will take over as your main point of contact. The installer will apply for necessary permits and utility approvals and will work with you to complete any needed paperwork for rebates (if available) or other incentives. A typical residential solar installation may take 2-3 days, but commercial installations vary considerably in length, so ask your installer for details. You must inform EnergySage of which installer you’ve selected in order to receive your free Solar Home Value Assessment and learn how much solar has increased your property value.

Update Property Value

Getting your free assessment

EnergySage has partnered with PV Value® to provide all homeowners with a free Solar Home Value Assessment after their installation. In many cases – particularly in those where a cash purchase or solar loan was used – installing solar will increase your property’s resale value. This assessment methodology enjoys broad support, including from the Appraisal Institute®, the nation’s largest association of professional real estate appraisers. The assessment can be provided to your realtor if you decide to sell your solar home in the future.

To ensure you get your free assessment, you must remember to click the “Select Installer” button on EnergySage and tell your Solar Advisor you’ve gone solar – it’s that simple!

To ensure you get your free assessment, you must remember to click the “Select Installer” button on EnergySage and tell your Solar Advisor you’ve gone solar – it’s that simple!

Share Your Experience

Rate and review your installer

Have your voice heard! After your solar installation, we ask that you rate your solar installer on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, and additionally write a review of your experience with them. We believe in the trust and honest communication that comes from transparency and clear conversations. Therefore, we ask for reviews that are truthful, clean, and helpful to both the company and other EnergySage shoppers.

Write a case study

You can easily create a case study of your solar installation that you can share with family and friends. This can include some pictures of your installation and any details you are willing to provide. The more details, the better, as this helps to inform more homeowners about the benefits of going solar!

Participate in Q & A Forum

More often than not, you are likely asking a question that many similar homeowners throughout the country are also asking. Feel free to write this question on our Q&A Forum or if you have answers to some questions, please answer those and help homeowners like your self go solar!

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