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June 19, 2018 - 11:34am

National Grid launches website to serve potential solar customers

posted by Howard B. Owens in solar energy, National Grid, news.

Press release:

As consumer interest in solar energy continues to grow, National Grid is now offering its Upstate New York electricity customers a convenient online tool to use in researching and purchasing solar energy systems for their homes and businesses. The portal is called New York Solar Marketplace and is part of National Grid’s commitment to the future of the energy landscape and to ensuring a quality customer experience for going solar.

Through the marketplace, National Grid offers customers a simple process to research and purchase photovoltaic equipment. Customers are able to comparison-shop solar opportunities and receive competitive quotes from prescreened installers. Eligibility extends to both existing structures and new construction.

“National Grid is committed to advancing clean energy options for our customers, and we expect the solar marketplace will help customers evaluate those options and make informed buying decisions,” said John Bruckner, president of National Grid in New York.

To deliver the New York Solar Marketplace program National Grid is collaborating with EnergySage, the nation’s leading online marketplace for solar.

“Our mission is to make solar more accessible and affordable for Americans through choice and transparency,” said Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage. “We’re thrilled to be working with an innovative company like National Grid to empower their customers as they consider going solar, while also helping local solar installers grow their business.”

Customers can access National Grid’s New York Solar Marketplace through https://www.energysage.com/ngny/ . The company provides a wealth of energy saving information, including solar, at: https://www.nationalgridus.com/Upstate-NY-Home/Ways-to-Save/.

The New York Solar Marketplace helps customers save time and money when evaluating solar. By accessing the Solar Marketplace, consumers can:

  Learn about solar energy and determine if your roof is suitable;

  Discover how to save thousands on your installation with incentives;

  Get multiple quotes from prescreened solar installers in your area in a standardized, easy-to-compare format.

Participating installers must: have at least three years of experience installing rooftop solar systems; be licensed and insured for solar installation; must be certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP); have a demonstrated reputation for excellent customer service and quality solar installations; and sell and install only high quality solar equipment.

The New York Solar Marketplace is one of many programs offered by National Grid to help customers manage their energy usage, and promote reduction clean alternatives in support of both company and New York State energy goals.

National Grid was the first electric utility in the nation to collaborate with a solar marketplace to offer customers simplicity, transparency and choice when shopping for solar when it launched its Rhode Island Solarwise program in 2016. In the first few weeks of the program customer interest has been high with more than 1,500 participants, including 10 customers who have chosen a solar installer to install nearly 100 kilowatts of solar capacity.

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