About Us – Overview
United States Renewable Energy Association, LLC., (USREA) is a member network that provides consumers with a product and information shopping experience. USREA offers a unique content and advertising network with superior content, industry news, objective third-party information and research tools. USREA launched in 2008 as an online Renewable Energy portal that facilitates the research and purchase processes for consumers and as an access point for dealers and manufacturers.
As a means of limiting resources. we use a distributed workforce wherever possible. This allows us to utilize the best contributors possible while keeping workforce flexible, eliminates overhead, commute time and wasted energy use.
Our goal is to be the very best online solution for buying, selling and researching new energy products and services. We want to provide the most positive experience possible for our consumers, dealers, and affiliated partners. We welcome your feedback.
If you are a Renewable Energy dealer or manufacturer interested in participating in the USREA program, please complete our Dealer Inquiry Form >>
The USREA.com and USREA.org websites , along with associate sites (with all subdomains and subsites thereof, including the “Website”) is owned, operated by United States Renewable Energy Association, LLC, 6697 Lakeshore Road, Lexington, Michigan 48450 (“USREA”).
Agreement between User and USREA
You may be able to access some features of the Website without registering for an Account and in each such case Your identification may be based on an automated means of identification as USREA may determine, in its sole discretion.
USREA shall have the right at any time to change or discontinue the Website, and any aspect or feature hereof, including, but not limited to, available Content (as defined below), features, services and content providers, hours of availability, equipment needed for access or use and any other capabilities of the Website.
The Website is an informational resource. Most of the Content available at the Website is provided by third party content providers that have agreed to make their Content available at or through the Website. In no way does USREA expressly give or imply any representations or warranties regarding such third party resources and services. Such representations are made by those third party content providers, not by USREA.
The Content and features on the Website is provided for informational purposes, only. USREA is an information service and distributor of Content, not a dealer (“Dealer”). USREA may provide an online venue for its users to obtain Renewable energy product price and payment quotes from participating Dealers and independent Sellers and related services through other third party service providers. USREA plays no part in the actual sales transaction and has no control over the quality or safety of the products advertised, nor the truth or accuracy of the product descriptions (including condition or installed options or equipment), nor the actual availability of any specific product listed. All quotes are estimates based on information provided by the Dealer or Seller and may exclude items such as state and local taxes, any state and local governmental charges, registration, license and title fees, documentary fees, and any added accessories that You may choose to place on a product or energy system. On occasion, unintentional, but material, errors may occur in the entry of the condition, warranty, pricing and/or payment data that forms the basis of such quotes or other information about a specific product furnished through the Website. Because USREA is only a distributor of Content, in the event of any type of dispute over a vehicle listed on the Website, You agree that any reliance on Content provided on the Website is at your own risk, and unconditionally release USREA, its affiliated companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, service providers, content providers and licensors (the “USREA Parties”) from any and all claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such dispute. You are encouraged to thoroughly review any documents you are asked to sign at the time of purchase, as a Dealer or Seller is not prohibited from independently negotiating all of the terms and conditions of the final sale or lease. Any terms, conditions, warranties or representations in a written contract with the Dealer or Seller are legally binding upon You, and not USREA, which is not a party to the purchase and makes no representations or warranties, implied or otherwise, with respect to any renewable energy product, including, without limitation, the condition of products listed on the Website.
Third Party Content, Services and Websites
With respect to most of the Content available at the Website, USREA is a distributor (and not a publisher) of such Content since the Content is supplied by third parties. Accordingly, USREA has no more editorial control over such Content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or Content expressed or made available by third parties, are those of the respective content providers and not of USREA. Neither USREA nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any Content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.
USREA neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on the Website. Under no circumstance will USREA be liable for any loss or damage caused by any user’s reliance on information obtained through the Website. It is the responsibility of each Website user to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other Content available through the Website. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice or other Content.
User Material Submission Guidelines
Eligibility: USREA may permit written, photographic, video or other material to be submitted by You and other users, including but not limited to user-generated audiovisual content and blog, chat room and forum postings (collectively, “User Submissions”) through the Website via email or via any other means, and USREA may also permit the hosting, sharing, and/or publishing of such User Submissions. In order to submit a User Submission on the Website, You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who is of legal age of majority in Your jurisdiction of residence (and at least 18 years of age). You understand that whether or not such User Submissions are published or otherwise used, USREA does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any submissions to the Website.
Submission Specifications: By making a submission to the Website (including, without limitation, any video submissions), You agree and represent that such User Submission is original with You and accurate and that You own all right, title and interest in any User Submission You submit to us and any elements You include in the User Submission (such as photographs, footage and the like). You may be required to provide documentation in a form acceptable to us evidencing such rights. You also agree that Your User Submission: (i) does not violate, and its use will not violate, the rights of any third party or any applicable law or ordinance; (ii) is not pornographic, obscene, indecent, profane, threatening, harassing, hateful, intimidating, abusive, defamatory, tortuous, fraudulent, or otherwise objectionable in any way, and does not encourage conduct that would constitute illegal activity, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national or foreign law, including any right of publicity, right of privacy or any other proprietary right of another; (iii) does not promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; (iv) does not promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of the foregoing); (v) does not post advertisements or solicitations of business; (vi) does not contain copyrighted materials or trademarks, logos, or trade dress owned by others; and (vii) does not contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures (or using look-alikes of the same), living or dead.
You agree not to: (i) use the Website, the Content (including, without limitation, the User Submissions), or any products or services included on or available through the Website for any unlawful purpose; (ii) restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Website, including by means of disrupting the normal flow of dialogue, causing a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the Website are able to type, hacking or defacing any portion of the Website, introducing any virus, worm, Trojan Horse, Easter Egg, time bomb, spyware, or any other computer code, file, or program that may or is intended to damage or hijack the operation of any hardware, software, or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise acting in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges; (iii) post or transmit any advertisements, solicitations, chain letters, pyramid schemes, investment opportunities or schemes or other unsolicited commercial communication or engage in spamming or flooding; (iv) impersonate any other person or entity, or misrepresent Your affiliation with any other person or entity; or (v) use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, “data mine,” or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Website or any Content on the Website. You agree not to solicit, for commercial purposes, any users of the Website with respect to their User Submissions.
When You submit a User Submission, You understand that USREA will have the right, but not the obligation, to use, display and publish Your name, photograph, likeness, voice, performance, biographical information and/or statements, throughout the world in perpetuity in any media that now exists or may exist in the future including for advertising and promotional purposes by USREA and its related entities. If USREA makes use of any of the foregoing rights, You understand and agree that You shall not receive any other consideration, or payment, notification or credit, nor will You have any approval over how USREA uses the foregoing rights.
Regulatory Compliance and Take Down Procedure:
USREA cooperates with any law enforcement authorities and complies with any judicial order requesting or directing USREA to disclose any information we have about the identity of anyone uploading, downloading, or posting materials, or otherwise using the Website in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local laws. USREA respects the intellectual property of others. If You believe that Your work has been copied in any way without Your permission (including as part of a User Submission), please provide the following information (i.e. invoke the “Take Down Procedure”) to our Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement identified below. Your notice must contain the following:
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner whose work You claim has been infringed;
- A description of the work You claim has been infringed;
- Identification of the work You claim infringes the copyrighted work and a description of where it is located on the Website;
- Your address, telephone number and email address;
- A statement by You that You have a good faith belief that the infringing use is not authorized by the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent or by law; and
- A statement by You, under penalty of perjury, that the above information in Your notice is accurate and that You are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Our Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discontinuation and Modification of Acceptance of User Submissions: USREA reserves the right at any time and from time to time to discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the acceptance of User Submissions and/or Your ability to access User Submissions with or without notice in its sole discretion. You agree that USREA shall not be liable to You or to any third party for any suspension or discontinuance of acceptance of User Submissions.
Proprietary Rights and License
The Website is for your personal and non-commercial use, only. The right to use the Website is not transferable to any other person or entity. You agree not to reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate Content received through the Website to anyone, including but not limited to others in the same company or organization without USREA’s express prior written consent. You also agree that You will not use any robot, spider, software, routine, meta-search, automated query or device, or manual process to bypass security measures or to monitor or copy content contained on the Website, or for any other unauthorized purpose, without the prior expressed written permission of USREA. You also agree that You will not interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website, including attempting to access data not intended for you or for which you are not authorized to access; attempting to probe, scan or test vulnerabilities to breach security; attempting to interfere with the Website by submitting viruses, forging TCP/IP packet or other header information; flooding, spamming, mail bombing, or attempting to overload or crash the Website; or by taking any action that may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the infrastructure supporting the Website.
You have no right to use any names, marks, logos, copyright titles, trademarks, service marks or other property of a USREA Party, except as expressly provided herein. Any other trademarks or service marks and associated logos found herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners in which You likewise have no rights. All rights not granted herein are hereby expressly reserved by USREA and its licensors.
Select Disclaimers Regarding Certain Features Available at the Website
Product Inventory: None of the products listed on the Website are offered by USREA and USREA offers no express or implied warranty. Products displayed for sale on the Website should be assumed to be sold with or without warranty from the Dealer or Manufacturer. Unless stated otherwise, all products should be assumed to be sold “as-is”, with all faults and without warranty, express or implied. All express or implied representations regarding a product are that of the dealer or manufacturer and not USREA. The Dealer or Seller is solely responsible for ensuring each product meets minimum state and federal standards applicable for the product.
Product Availability and Prices: USREA does not guarantee product prices or availability. All product and service descriptions and prices provided to You either on our Website or via separate contact following your submission of a purchase request are made by the participating Dealer or Manufacturer possessing the desired product or service and not by USREA. All Products are subject to prior sale and may not be available when your request is processed. All prices and terms are believed to be accurate on date of publication, only. All Products and systems are subject to availability and final pricing from the Dealer and not USREA.
You are also not required to participate with the additional credit services that may be offered on the Website. As an informational Website, USREA may also have hyperlinks to outside companies to help You understand your own credit situation or financing options. Any representations made on behalf of those credit resources on the Website are made by those respective companies and not by USREA. By using those services, You are subject to the terms and conditions that those companies have in place. It is your responsibility to read and understand their privacy policies, terms and conditions and other policies those companies practice before giving personal information and/or participating in their programs.
Limitations of Liability; Disclaimers
You expressly agree that YOUR use of the Website is at your own risk. No USREA Party makes any representations or warranties of any kind regarding the Website, THE Content or the results that may be obtained from use of the Website. USREA and/or its content and service providers make no representations about the suitability of the Content, software, products and services available on the Website for any purpose. All such Content, software, products and services are provided on an “as-is” and “as available” basis, without warranty of any kind. USREA and/or its content and service providers hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to such Content, software, products and services, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement.
Without limiting the foregoing, the Content, software, products and services distributed on or through the Website may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. In addition, changes are periodically made to the Content, software, products and services.
In no event shall USREA and/or its content or service providers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of the Website or with the delay or inability to use the Website, or for any Content, software, products and services obtained through the Website, or otherwise arising out of Your use of the Website, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, even if USREA or any of its content or service providers has been advised of the possibility of damages. In NO event WILL the aggregate liability of the USREA Parties exceed the amounts paid by You to USREA to access the Website in the twelve (12) months prior to the claimed injury or damage.
YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT USREA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER SUBMISSIONS OR ANY ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY. THEREFORE, THE ABOVE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND/OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IN ITS ENTIRETY.
USREA may terminate Your access to or terminate in general any content, features, and/or services on the Website, in whole or in part, at any time with or without notice to You.
Infringement and Regulatory Complaints
United States Renewable Energy Association, LLC., has assembled a management team that possesses over 30 years experience in the solar energy, electronics, teaching, automotive, marketing, and high technology industries. This management team leverages relationships and develops strategies that will endorse and accelerate the adoption of USREA and build effective solutions that directly address the changing energy needs of consumers.
Gerald Zack, Founder, CEO
Described by many as a modern day renisance man, Gerald Zack founded the energy-driven, customer friendly Internet solution for renewable energy enthusiasts that became USREA.org and USREA.com. Under his leadership, USREA began in 2003 with a vision to raise millions in investment capital to help launch this venture. His vision allowed the company to succeed in a space where many competitors have failed. Gerald (Gerry) also serves as President and CEO of SolarOcity LLC., one of the nations premiere renewable products dealers, and WindmillCreek.com, a renewable energy learning center located in Lexington, Michigan. A self-proclaimed technologist, Zack, is a former broadcast engineer, pilot, master automotive mechanic, product designer, marketer and electronics and mechanics instructor. He has received training from various trade and technical schools including GMI, Specs Howard and multiple specialty institutions. He has also served as Public Affairs officer for the Civil Air Patrol, the US Air Force Auxiliary, at Selfridge Air National Guard base. He has likewise been seen and interviewed on ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal (Daniel Pearl featured Story) and Wired magazine under a wide variety of disciplines, including citizen based Air Combat, biometric identification technology, the true original auto show (WXYZ-AM), the Detroit News and others.
Our collection of information
Information collected directly from you
You can visit the Website and access the information available on the Website without entering any personal information. However, in order to access certain information, services or features that may be available on the Website, we may require you to provide personal information such as your name, email address, zip code and phone number and other similar information that can be used to identify you (collectively, “Personal Information”). For example, we will collect certain Personal Information from you if you request more information about, or a sales quote for, a renewable energy product you are interested in. Using this feature service will also require that you provide Personal Information. In addition, we may collect certain Personal Information if you choose to register for an account on the Website, join our email list, subscribe to our newsletter, participate in special offers, sign up for our chat rooms, message boards or other public venues or send questions or comments to us via email.
Information collected automatically
We may collect information about your visit to the Website, including what pages you view, the number of bytes transferred, the links you click, the materials you access, and other actions taken within the Website. We may also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your Internet Protocol address, your browser type and capabilities and language, your operating system, the date and time you access the Website, and the website from which you linked to our Website. We do not link this information to your Personal Information.
Our use of information
If you provide us with Personal Information, we may retain and use that information for several purposes, such as information gathering, lead and sales processing, marketing, legal compliance and similar uses. For example, we may use your Personal Information in order to provide information and services that you request such as product pricing, financing quotes and information, responding to your questions and sending emails to our email list subscribers. In addition, we may use your Personal Information to ensure compliance with USREA’s policies and applicable law. In order to offer you a more consistent experience in your interactions with USREA, information collected via the Website may be combined with information we collect by other means. We may also use your Personal Information to improve the Website, or to make the Website easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information or by customizing the Website to your particular location, preference or interests. If you have chosen to receive communications by email from us but later wish to opt out of receiving such communications from us at any time, simply follow the instructions for doing so included in the emails. We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Website, such as service announcements or similar administrative or transactional messages, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out from receiving them.
From time to time, we may collect and share with others general, non-personal, statistical information about the use of the Website, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Website, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they “click” on. We collect this information through the use of technologies such as “cookies”, which are discussed in greater detail below, and those described in the “Information collected automatically” section above. We collect this information in order to determine which areas of the Website are most popular and to enhance the Website for visitors. We may also group this information into aggregate visitor data in order to describe the use of the Website to our existing or potential business partners, clients or other third parties, or in response to a government request. However, please be assured that this aggregate data will in no way personally identify you or any other visitors to the Website.
Cookies are small files that websites save to your hard disk or to your browser’s memory. We may use them to track the number of times you have visited the Website, to track the number of visitors to the Website, to determine and analyze visitor’s use of the Website (including the effectiveness of online advertising), to store information that you provide such as your preferences, and to store technical information useful for your interactions with the Website. We may use session cookies (cookies that are deleted when your browser session ends) and persistent cookies to facilitate your movement around the Website (particularly in connection with information searches) and to store other information useful in administering the session. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being placed on your computer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the features of the Website.
Our Website may also contain electronic images known as web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that allow us to count the number of users who have visited those pages. We may include web beacons in promotional email messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
We use third-party advertising companies and advertising networks to serve certain ads to you on our behalf when you visit the Website or other websites. Please be aware that we may add or subtract from this list of third-party advertising companies in the future, in our sole discretion and without notice to you. Information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites, may be used in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique cookie or web beacon on your browser.
Disclosure of your Personal Information
Except as described below, Personal Information you provide to USREA through the Website will not be shared outside of USREA without your permission. Please note that once we disclose your Personal Information with dealers or sellers (or other third parties that may make their services available through the Website), they will contact you directly to discuss your request. Thereafter, your Personal Information in their possession will be subject to their privacy policies and practices, which may differ from ours.
Disclosure regarding service providers. USREA contracts with other companies to provide services on our behalf, such as marketing services, hosting websites, sending out information, and analyzing the Website. We provide these companies with only those elements of your Personal Information they need to deliver those services. These companies and their employees are prohibited from using that Personal Information for any other purpose.
Disclosure regarding other third parties. In some cases, if you have given us permission to share your Personal Information by clicking on the appropriate box or button on the Website, we may make your Personal Information available to our parent or other affiliated companies, or to other third parties (including, but not limited to, our clients) who have products or services that we believe will be of interest to you. For example, if you submit your Personal Information to receive a price quote for a renewable energy product, we will share your Personal Information with a specific identified dealer or individual manufacturer (if you request a quote for a particular product you found through the Website) or with a number of dealers or sellers (if you submit a general request for quotes). If you later decide that you do not want us to share your Personal Information with these companies please email email@example.com.
Disclosures in connection with acquisitions or divestitures. Circumstances may arise where for strategic or other business reasons USREA decides to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize its own or other businesses. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal and other information to prospective or actual purchasers, or receiving it from sellers. It is USREA’s practice to seek appropriate protection for information in these types of transactions. In the event that USREA or all of its assets are acquired in such a transaction, customer Personal Information would be one of the transferred assets.
Disclosure for other reasons. We may disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with legal requirements or with legal process served on us, to protect and defend our rights or property, or in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of any individual.
USREA is committed to protecting the security of your Personal Information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the Personal Information you provide on computer systems with limited access that are located in facilities to which access is limited. We cannot, however, guarantee the security of your Personal Information.
If you register for an account on the Website, you will be asked to choose a password for your account, in which case, your online account information shall be protected by your password. We recommend that you do not disclose your password to any other person. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.
Choices concerning your Personal Information; Updating Your Information
If you have registered for an account on the Website, you may view and update and cancel your account information at any time.
There are two ways to cancel your My USREA account.
- To cancel the account yourself, please follow the steps listed below:
- Login to your My USREA account at https://www.usrea.com/myusrea/Login.aspx
- At the top of the My USREA page you will see a link that reads: Edit profile
- Click the “Edit profile” link to reveal an “About Me” page. Click the link that reads: Change your email address, password and other site registration options here
- On the subsequent page, click the link that is next to the “Membership Status” heading that reads: Cancel your membership
- An additional confirmation page will appear. To cancel your membership, click the “Cancel Membership” button. Your My USREA account will be cancelled
- If within thirty (30) days after submitting your Personal Information to us at the Website you would like us to remove such Personal Information from our database please follow the steps listed below:
- Forward the email verification that you received from USREA upon submission of your Personal Information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In the subject header type “delete info” and send.
- Upon receipt of your email request we will delete your personal information within thirty (30) business days.
Please note that after we delete your Personal Information, there may be residual information that remains within one of our databases that may or may not contain such Personal Information, such as information that may be retained in back-up servers or records we may retain for a period of time to comply with legal requirements or with legal process served on us, to protect and defend our rights or property, or in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of any individual. We will not authorize any third party to access or use this residual information for any commercial purpose.]
Links to other websites
The Website may contain links to other websites such as USREA’s affiliates and advertisers. While we try to link only to websites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content, security, or privacy practices employed by other websites.