A new solar power guide for consumers produced by the Clean Energy Council takes people through a simple seven-step process to help them select the ideal solar system for their needs.

The guide was launched this morning at the opening of the ATRAA solar conference and exhibition, held as part of Clean Energy Week.

Clean Energy Council Acting Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the free, easy-to-use guide to installing household solar panels provided simple information that would help people quickly understand the process better and avoid some common pitfalls.

“People should be careful and do their research when making any major purchase, whether we are talking about a laptop, a car or a solar power system,” Mr Thornton said.

“The solar installation guide cuts straight to the chase and gives consumers a seven-step process - from finding the right system to negotiations with electricity retailers, connecting to the grid and signing contracts.

“With the recent rises in power bills and solar power systems falling in price over the last four or five years, solar power has never been more appealing,” he said.

The Clean Energy Council’s Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households was released today at ATRAA, the solar industry’s conference and trade show held at the Sydney Showground as part of Clean Energy Week in Sydney.

Mr Thornton said while the solar industry overall was a very good one, the industry had introduced a range of measures to help consumers invest in a high quality solar power system that would serve them well for many years to come.

The Clean Energy Council Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct helps consumers identify companies that are prepared to go the extra mile, while the organisation’s solar accreditation scheme ensures that installers are up to date with the latest technical standards for solar power.

The Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households can be downloaded from: http://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/guideforhouseholds

Clean Energy Week 2014 is proudly sponsored by Trina Solar and NAB. Held across two venues in Sydney, Clean Energy Week incorporates ATRAA (Australia's largest solar event), a huge trade show, a Policy and Finance Conference, and a professional development day for solar installers.

The program includes prominent local and international experts, politicians, decision-makers and business leaders. The event runs from 22-25 July 2014.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.