Safely Exploring Solar: A Guide for Austin Energy Customers

Rachel Jenkins, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


It's easy to get overwhelmed as you start to explore your solar options. There is a wealth of information available out there, particularly online, and it can be hard to know who to trust. This informational guide has been adapted from Austin Energy's Solar Education Course and other national best practice resources, as of May 1, 2023. It will help you understand some of the key concepts and resources available to help you on your solar journey if you have a home in Austin Energy's service territory and are considering installing solar. This document includes: (1) Austin Energy Programs and Services Related to Solar; (2) Tips for Spotting a Solar Scam; (3) Things to Know When Designing Your System; (4) Key Considerations When Shopping for a Solar Contractor; and (5) Final Takeaways.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Pecan Street, Inc., Austin, Texas

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-89916


  • Austin
  • benefits of solar
  • consumer protection
  • energy programs
  • fair solar lending
  • guide
  • homeowners
  • local residents
  • local utility services
  • solar contractor considerations
  • solar financing
  • solar journey
  • solar system design
  • spotting scams
  • Texas


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