If you’re interested in going solar, you are probably already aware of solar energy’s benefits: cost savings, environmental benefits, and energy resiliency. You know that if you type in “How much does solar cost?” as a search on your phone or laptop, click unwittingly on an ad, and you will set off ‘the chase’ for your business.

Immediately, the phone calls begin. And some solar companies are relentless! Even when we are very interested, it may be jarring to get unsolicited phone calls. An email or even a text may be more comfortable than a live conversation in the middle of the day. So, how can you avoid being called and make the contacts on your terms?

Here are five ways to learn about solar power without getting robocalls from autodialers.

  1. Don’t give your phone number to just anyone.

Unless you really know the company in the ad and want a phone call, do not offer up your phone number in a blind solar interest form. Instead, if possible, opt in for the “email only.” When you fill out a SunPower lead form, we give you the option to be contacted by email only and will not call you unless you have expressly permitted us to do so. We also include specific consent notifications.

  1. Do your homework.

It’s a significant purchase; you should learn as much as you can / or want to about solar before speaking with a consultant. But there are some “spam-free,” informational websites you can visit to learn about the pros and cons of solar for your home without getting blasted with advertising or calls:

  • The US Department of Energy has been doing solar research for decades and can offer great background, general information, and statistics.
  • The Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar answers a vast number of questions on solar, from how to evaluate your home’s readiness for solar to available state and federal tax incentives for home solar.
  • The industry trade association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, promotes solar, but the site won’t attempt to gather your information or resell it to any other companies.
  1. Talk to people you trust.

The growth of solar over the last few years has been incredible. Most likely, some of your neighbors or friends already have solar power. Ask them how they made the decision to go solar, what their experience was like, and how the system performs. And would they recommend the same products or company for your system?

 Check reviews.

Reviews are a great way to learn about the solar companies in your area from real customers who are like you. Checking out our reviews can tell you a lot about your experience throughout the process.

Going solar is an important decision; it’s important to take the time to learn about it. And when you’re ready to engage with a trusted advisor, try our free Solar + EV Solar Calculator!