Energy Education Video | Buying A Solar Electric System™

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This video clearly explains the essentials of solar electric economics and technology.


Solar electric panels in Maryland
Solar electric panels in suburban Maryland

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Denver homeowner Chris O’Connor discusses her solar power system

The Sustainable Media Network's™14-minute DVD “Clean Energy News: Buying a Solar Electric System”™, answers the most commonly asked questions posed by potential photovoltaic (PV) system buyers. This engaging and informative DVD has proven to simplify sales of residential PV solar electric systems by dealers, integrators and installers across America.



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Photovoltaic panels installed in Washington,DC


The Inverter transforms the DC power generated by the solar panels into the AC power used by the household appliances

The inverter transforms DC power generated by the solar panels into AC power used by household appliances


Produced by a team of experienced solar industry and media professionals, “Clean Energy News: Buying a Solar Electric System™” educates prospective customers on the nuts and bolts of buying a PV system. And for the salesperson, rather than spending precious time answering the same questions over and over, this video serves as a highly targeted tool that touches on all the key questions - from pricing and economics, to design considerations and technology. The DVD takes into account financial incentives, system performance, installation details and environmental benefits in order to best answer the homeowner’s questions and guide PV sales.


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Interview with Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

With creative footage of PV installations and insightful interviews with industry experts, public utility commissioners and satisfied homeowners, the video reduces the transaction costs that a PV company faces when working to close a sale. As producer Dave Bowden explains, "The idea for the video came about after hearing from solar installers how much time is spent answering the same basic customer questions. There had to be a more effective way for these companies to handle customer queries beyond creating fact sheets to educate them." The video, says Bowden, "is a valuable tool for PV companies who can now hand a copy of the DVD over to their prospective customer."

Sun Path for PV Analysis PV System Schematic

The video demystifies how solar technology works for the average homeowner, offers practical examples, and explains the economic and environmental benefits that distinguish PV from conventional fossil fuel-based power systems. The result is a far better educated customer whose questions become focused and, therefore, further qualified to buy a PV system.

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Our "Clean Energy News: Buying a Solar Electric System"™ DVD is available for preview and purchase. The disk can be customized to include your company's logo, as well as edited to include specific details about your projects.


The Sustainable Media Network™, based in Denver, seeks to partner with national, regional and state-based solar energy organizations in promoting and marketing this informative DVD. The project has been endorsed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).


Please contact Dave Bowden, 303-715-0200, or dave -at-, with any questions about sales, customization, or the creation of a new video to promote your organization.

Customer Review

"As a staff member of SEI, I frequently answer phone calls from people who are looking into a photovoltaic system for their home. After I previewed the Sustainable Media Network's DVD, I instantly wished I could just send all of those people a copy. What a great tool for PV installers to show to their clients! If you are thinking about purchasing PV for your home, you should see this can really answer a lot of your questions".

- Soozie Lindbloom, Coordinator, Solar in the Schools, Solar Energy International


Our videos have been endorsed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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