DSIRE, EnergySage team to create powerful online solar combination

There’s always only been one place for solar policy wonks to find the information that fuels their fires, and that’s the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) maintained by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC).

Now that powerful policy engine has teamed with the U.S. Department of Energy-backed online solar comparison-shopping marketplace EnergySage that will allow consumers to transition from policy research to concrete action at the click of a button.

“The collaboration represents DSIRE’s ongoing effort to better assist its users,” said Henry Tsai, deputy director of the NCCETC, which administers DSIRE. “Visitors who are interested in solar now have a seamless bridge that connects important incentive and policy information with ways to take informed action.”

EnergySage is providing DSIRE’s visitors with easy access to its Solar Calculator for quickly estimating solar savings and its Solar Marketplace where consumers can easily comparison-shop multiple quotes.

“Our collaboration will help increase the adoption of solar PV systems nationally, leading to more business for local installers and lenders,” said John Gingrich, senior vice president for strategic partnerships at EnergySage. “Together, we’re able to bring transparent information and pricing to more consumers so that they can select the equipment, installer, and financing option that suits them best.”

It is unclear at press time whether NCCETC will end its business relationship with Solar Reviews, a site that competes with EnergySage. Presently, an ad for Solar Reviews remains at the top of DSIRE’s webpage.