The following have been found to be very useful in providing general solar information, implementing solar energy programs and conducting basic solar research.
The sites listed are either government (gov) or public and private organization (org) sites that provide specific information related to solar energy.
Florida Solar Energy Industries Association
The Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA), founded in 1977, is a nonprofit professional association of companies involved in the solar energy industry. Information on this site includes legislative actions related to solar energy and the FlaSEIA membership directory. This is an especially useful site for consumers interested in finding qualified solar system installers.
US Department of Energy
The United States Department of Energy home page. This site has an excellent search engine to help you find exactly what you need.
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This Department of Energy site provides information on solar water heating. It also maintains a special "Ask a Question" feature with those with specific questions regarding solar water heating.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
This site provides detailed information on solar thermal technologies as well as links to related solar thermal and photovoltaic sites.
American Solar Energy Society
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. The site includes a solar energy fact base, listing of ASES publications and position papers, annual conference information, and suggested links.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
This is the web site of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors and installers. If you are in the market for a solar system, this is a good site to find out about SEIA members in your area.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the sustainable utilization of renewable energy resources and technologies in and through state, local government, and community activities. IREC provides information on various programs, including Workshop-In-A-Box, Schools Going Solar, and the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Measurement and Instrumentation Data Center (MIDC)
This site provides Irradiance and Meteorological Data.
A-Z Topics on Energy Information Administration
This federal government site provides energy statistics and data and is an excellent site for those interested in obtaining detailed information on various energy related subjects.
Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)
This is the site of the national solar collector and system certification organization. SRCC provides one-time certification, national recognition, product credibility, and standardized comparisons of solar energy products.