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Consumer Protection

Will County is committed to ethical development and adherence to consumer protection. Many organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have created documents dedicated to consumer rights and protection as relates specifically to solar development. The resources below offer guidance on what rights you possess as a consumer, but do not replace legal counsel. For a list of legal representatives in the State of Illinois under the Illinois State Bar Association, click here.

IREC Be Solar Smart Consumer Checklist : A strong preliminary tool to solar system installation.

IREC Consumer Bill of Rights : Understand your consumer rights as relates to solar systems.

SEIA Consumer Guide to Solar Power: A great introductory tool for anyone who is curious about solar energy.

SEIA Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar : Not able to support solar at your residence? Learn how to take advantage of community solar.

EPA Solar Photovoltaic Specification, Checklist, and Guide : A technical guide for solar systems.

SEIA Solar Business Code: Consider having your installer adhere to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Business Code—the standard by which the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) advises all developers and installers conduct business.

NY-Sun Decommissioning Solar Panel Systems Fact Sheet: A decommissioning guide for those considering large-scale solar land leases—this guide has not been formally adopted by Will County, but serves as a prime example of large-scale solar land lease best practices.

SEIA Guide to Land Leases for Solar: An overview of land leases and the questions you should be asking.

SEIA Solar Lease Disclosure: Entering into a solar energy lease agreement? Review this first!