Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

The lawyers tell us that we need a privacy policy and terms of use. Okay, fine. The full legalese is below, but here’s a friendly summary:

Friendly Summary

  • This site uses Google Analytics (GA) to help understand web activity on the site. GA is the most popular analytics tool on the web. You can read their privacy policy here.
  • Our servers also log activity in NCSA combined log format, which we use for error analysis and analytics. None of that data is ever provided to third parties.
  • The Solar Nerd is an Amazon affiliate, which means that some links on this website point to products for sale on Amazon.com. When you make a purchase, this site earns a small commission.
  • We may run display advertising from third parties on this site, and those third parties may make use of user targeting. To opt out, visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org
  • When you fill out the Get Quotes form on this website, we send the information you provide to a maximum of three solar installer companies, who reach out using the contact information you provide. The Solar Nerd does not sell that information to other parties, or use it for other marketing purposes unless you actively opt-in to an email list.
  • The Solar Nerd is not a solar installer. Our service recommmends solar installer companies, but any contract you agree to is between yourself and the contractor, and does not involve The Solar Nerd.

Full Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Statement of Privacy applies to www.thesolarnerd.com and The Solar Nerd LLC and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to The Solar Nerd LLC include www.thesolarnerd.com and The Solar Nerd. The Solar Nerd website is an informational website for residential solar. By using the The Solar Nerd website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Google advertising cookies

Google uses cookies to help serve the ads it displays on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying Google ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a Google partner's website, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser. To opt out of Google personalized advertising, visit Google Ads Settings or Your Ad Choices for third-party cookies set by Google advertising partners.

Collection of your Personal Information

When you use the "Get a quote" service to receive price quotes from our network of residential solar photovoltaic installers, you are asked to provide the following personally identifiable information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Mailing Address
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • (optional) A copy of a utility bill

The information you provide is shared with solar installers who provide services in your area. Those companies will reach out to you using the information you submit to The Solar Nerd and use that information to prepare a solar installation proposal.

The Solar Nerd may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Solar Nerd or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Solar Nerd; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of The Solar Nerd, or the public.

Tracking User Behavior

The Solar Nerd may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within The Solar Nerd, in order to determine what services and content are the most popular.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Security of your Personal Information

The Solar Nerd uses SSL/TLS encryption to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.

Children Under Thirteen

The Solar Nerd does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

E-mail Communications

From time to time, The Solar Nerd may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication. In order to improve our Services, we may receive a notification when you open an email from The Solar Nerd or click on a link therein.

If you would like to stop receiving marketing or promotional communications via email from The Solar Nerd, you may opt out of such communications by To unsubscribe from promotional emails, simply click the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Quotes on Home Solar Installations

The Site allows you to provide your name, contact information, and other details in order to receive quotes from our network of residential solar photovoltaic installers ("Service Providers"). When you provide your information to request a quote for a home solar installation, we attempt to match you with up to three service providers in your area. You consent to be contacted by the Service Providers using the information you provide. Once your information is submitted to these service providers, any request to opt-out or unsubscribe from their communications must be directed to such Service Providers.

Although we do our best to review the credentials of the Service Providers in our network, we make no guarantees or representations regarding the performance, quality of work or products provided by the Service Provider. We do not endorse or recommend the products or services of any Service Provider, and are not an agent or advisor to you or any Service Provider. We do not guarantee that any of the individuals, companies, or entities to whom we forward your application will contact you or agree to provide you services. Any quotes provided by Service Providers or via the Site are not contractually binding offers and are for informational purposes only. YOU HEREBY AGREE TO RELEASE THE SOLAR NERD LLC (AND OUR OFFICERS, AFFILIATES, AND EMPLOYEES) FROM ANY DAMAGES OR CLAIMS OF EVERY KIND OR NATURE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH SUCH DISPUTES AND YOUR DEALINGS WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS.

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use/Intellectual Property

You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use www.thesolarnerd.com strictly in accordance with these terms of use. As a condition of your use of the Site, you warrant to The Solar Nerd that you will not use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You may not use the Site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Site.

All content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of The Solar Nerd or its suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.

You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. The Solar Nerd content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of The Solar Nerd and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of The Solar Nerd or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.

International Users

The Service is controlled, operated and administered by The Solar Nerd from our offices within the USA. If you access the Service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the The Solar Nerd Content accessed through www.thesolarnerd.com in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless The Solar Nerd, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. The Solar Nerd reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with The Solar Nerd in asserting any available defenses.

Arbitration

In the event the parties are not able to resolve any dispute between them arising out of or concerning these Terms and Conditions, or any provisions hereof, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise at law or in equity for damages or any other relief, then such dispute shall be resolved only by final and binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, conducted by a single neutral arbitrator and administered by the American Arbitration Association, or a similar arbitration service selected by the parties, in a location mutually agreed upon by the parties. The arbitrator's award shall be final, and judgment may be entered upon it in any court having jurisdiction. In the event that any legal or equitable action, proceeding or arbitration arises out of or concerns these Terms and Conditions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and reasonable attorney's fees. The parties agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims in regards to these Terms and Conditions or any disputes arising as a result of these Terms and Conditions, whether directly or indirectly, including Tort claims that are a result of these Terms and Conditions. The parties agree that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. The entire dispute, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision shall be determined by the Arbitrator. This arbitration provision shall survive the termination of these Terms and Conditions.

Liability Disclaimer

THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. THE SOLAR NERD LLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.

THE SOLAR NERD LLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. THE SOLAR NERD LLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SOLAR NERD LLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF THE SOLAR NERD LLC OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE.

Termination/Access Restriction

The Solar Nerd reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of New York and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in New York in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and The Solar Nerd as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. The Solar Nerd's performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of The Solar Nerd's right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by The Solar Nerd with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.

Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and The Solar Nerd with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and The Solar Nerd with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.

Changes to this Statement

The Solar Nerd reserves the right to change this document from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Contact Information

Please contact The Solar Nerd at:

Solar Nerd LLC
PO Box 544
Buffalo, New York 14207

info@thesolarnerd.com

Effective as of June 17, 2020