When determining whether to install solar panels, researching alternative energy sources, or just looking for information about your options, the number of websites with information can seem overwhelming. Some sites seem to have more of an agenda than others, and some are looking for viewers to take certain action and so their information may not be completely unbiased. The following are some tips to help you determine what makes a green site a quality top source of information.
Look for sites from established institutions
Sites about alternative energy sources, to claim to be an authority on the subject, should be an established institution. One such examples of an authority in the green energy field would be American Solar Energy Society (ases.org). ASES is a nonprofit organization established in 1954 and is the US division of the International Solar Energy Society. Their goal is to inform the public and speed the transition to a sustainable energy society. There are chapters in most states and specific divisions that focus on different areas of solar energy. They are not trying to sell anything on their website, which makes them a good source of unbiased information. Another unbiased authority is The Solar Electric Light Fund. SELF is a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. that seeks to “design and implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care, and agricultural development.” They were founded in 1990 and travel the globe to install solar power operations in developing countries. Established institutions such as ASES and SELF are more likely to have true and factual information because they are very much in the public eye and have a responsibility to be accurate, unlike smaller third party websites where no one is checking their information.