Tag Archives: Solar Lease

SolarCity gets into the solar loan business

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As we’ve written about in the past, improved loan options will eventually win out over the solar leases that have become popular in the past few years. SolarCity recently announced that they are catching up with this trend with a new solar loan offer that is a departure from the power purchase agreement (solar lease) […]

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Do solar leases deter potential home buyers?

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A recent Bloomberg article suggests some issues that customers have had with selling homes that have solar lease contracts attached to them. While it has been documented that solar panels have increased the value of homes in California by $5900 per kilowatt, the solar lease contracts could complicate things. Most notably, the article suggests: Solar […]

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A Better Way to Finance Solar PV for Homeowners

I wanted to take a moment and relay a well-researched article posted on ThinkProgress, written by Jesse Morris from the reputable Rocky Mountain Institute. He and some of his colleagues have recently delved their resources and research efforts into the concept of renewable energy-backed securities. Why is this worth breaking down for prospective residential PV owners pondering the “buy […]

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Is Solar Leasing More Expensive Than Necessary?

Before solar leasing came along, installing PV on a residential rooftop was expensive. The approach to achieving the allusive breaking point of “grid parity”, or when solar PV is the same cost or cheaper than fossil fuel generation, was to chip away at the expenses with government incentives. Rebates, small grants, and more recently renewable […]

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Connecticut: The Latest Laboratory for Solar Incentives

After establishing one of the first official RPS programs over a decade ago, Connecticut is renewing the hopes of homeowners seeking a solution to install panels on their roofs. After observing developments in rebate programs and markets for PV installations, manufacturing and SRECs, Connecticut lawmakers and the Board of Directors of the Clean Energy Finance […]

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Partnership, Movement in Solar Leasing

Only weeks after a revealing study from NREL documenting the expansion of solar leasing into new income demographics in southern California, Clean Power Finance is reaching outside the west-coast bubble of clean energy innovation to offer financing services for residential solar customers in Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Though several private equity firms and capital […]

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Solar Leases Are Here to Stay, but Where To From Here?

A very informative and thorough study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) called “The Transformation of Southern California’s Residential Photovoltaics Market through Third-Party Ownership” has rightfully received wide readership for its insight into the trends of residential PV markets moving towards third-party ownership models – particularly, as the study’s evidence demonstrates, in southern California. […]

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Comparing Solar Leases? Here’s What to Look For

While 2011 may mark the first year solar leasing became a widely accepted option to finance and install residential solar systems, 2012 is shaping to be a year of growth – and differentiation – in the niche industry of providing solar leases. Though the basic structure of a solar lease is similar across the board, […]

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The Solar Lease Mystery Shopper: Part 1

From the guise of an ordinary customer, I did some investigative work on buying solar panels from each of the “Big Three” solar lease companies – Sungevity, Solar City, and SunRun – in San Francisco. Since the city is the epicenter of these leasing companies, it was easy to get quotes for putting solar on […]

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Solar Leasing Shows More Signs of Growth

It seems almost a daily occurrence that solar leasing companies are connecting with customers to offer a deal that at face value seems almost too good to be true. Though the three or four largest companies that provide solar leases- Solar City, SunRun, Sungevity, and SunPower- have the most resources and to date receive large […]

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