The Solar Foundation and EnergySage Collaborate to Empower the Solar Consumer

Partnership Brings Education, Simplicity, and Transparency to Solar Energy Adoption

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C and BOSTON, MA – May 5, 2016

To advance a shared commitment to helping people make informed energy decisions, The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, today announced that they have partnered with the nation’s leading online marketplace for solar, EnergySage. The TSF-supported EnergySage Solar Marketplace brings transparency and choice to consumers that wish to go solar by allowing them to comparison-shop multiple solar quotes from hundreds of pre-screened solar installers, all from one platform.

Solar has the potential to become the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050 and TSF is dedicated to providing consumers, businesses, and governments with expert analysis, objective information, and excellent resources pertaining to solar energy adoption. Both TSF and EnergySage are recipients of funding awards from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative. Through each organization’s DOE-supported work, they are providing the solar education and information necessary to simplify and lower the cost of solar energy adoption for American consumers.

“Solar energy does much more than help people save money on their electricity bills,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation. “The solar industry currently employs nearly 209,000 Americans and contributes over $16 billion to the U.S. economy. It also plays a critical role in helping governments, businesses, and universities meet sustainability and climate goals. The TSF EnergySage Solar Marketplace will magnify these benefits by ensuring that energy consumers are better informed and ready to make sound solar investments.”

There are a lot of decisions for consumers to make when seeking to go solar, such as selecting the right equipment, installer, and financing options best suited for their home and budget. This has traditionally been a complicated and time-consuming process with virtually no transparency. The TSF EnergySage Solar Marketplace will empower consumers with easy access to free, unbiased information about solar technology, and obtain competitive price quotes on turnkey solar energy systems that will meet their individual needs. Consumers purchasing a solar energy system through the Marketplace can expect to save up to 20 percent on the total cost of their purchase, as compared to getting a quote directly from an individual installer. The Marketplace will be promoted as a trusted resource for consumers who look to TSF for impartial solar insight.

“Aligning with The Solar Foundation advances our shared quest of proactively helping homeowners and business owners better understand solar energy and the options available to them” said Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage. “This partnership helps broaden our ability to serve as an advocate for consumers and further enables us to make the process of shopping for solar energy systems as straightforward and affordable as possible.”

About The Solar Foundation

The Solar Foundation® (TSF) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research and education that transform markets. Since 2010, TSF has published its annual National Solar Jobs Census, which established the first credible solar jobs base line for the U.S. TSF is considered the premier research organization on the solar workforce, employer trends, and the economic impacts of solar. TSF is also a leading provider of educational materials on the economic impacts of solar for local governments through its work with the U.S. Department of Energy. TSF chairs the National Solar Schools Consortium, a group of stakeholders seeking to make solar a larger part of the national K-12 system.

About EnergySage, Inc.

EnergySage provides the first comprehensive online marketplace for consumers and businesses interested in converting to solar energy. By enabling people to comparison shop for “apples-to-apples” competitive quotes from pre-screened installers and financiers, the EnergySage Marketplace typically delivers cost-savings of up to 20 percent when compared to going directly to installers. EnergySage also simplifies today’s complex solar industry by providing tools and unbiased information that enable people to fully understand their product and financing options as well as their return-on-investment scenarios. Many leading organizations have forged partnerships with EnergySage to promote the adoption of solar energy, including Connecticut Green Bank, Staples, Walgreens and the World Wildlife Fund. For more information, please visit: