Tag Archives: Solar Lease

Top 5 States for Residential Solar

Residential solar often struggles to compete with commercial and utility-scale solar industries in terms of system pricing. Smaller average facility sizes, less standardization in supply chains, and relatively large upfront costs to prospective system owners make it difficult for residential solar markets to take advantage of economies of scale efficiencies, which makes it difficult for homeowners […]

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9 Tips For Selling Solar Power Systems

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Early on the people who bought solar energy systems were either live-off-the-land environmentalists, survivalists, right wing extremists , or engineers & hobbyists.  That has changed.  Solar electricity systems are becoming quite mainstream, and therefore the approach for selling them has to change too. In particular, the residential solar lease offers a whole new way to look at going solar, […]

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How do solar leasing companies make money?

How can companies like SunRun, Sungevity, and SolarCity provide a zero down or $1000 down solar lease while charging less per month than a utility company? Here’s a high level overview of how solar leasing companies make money. The first step is project finance. Because there is a 30% federal tax credit for residential solar electricity projects, the leasing companies, […]

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Go Solar in Tucson for $1 a Day with a SolarCity Solar Lease

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Homeowners in Tucson, Arizona can now take advantage of a solar lease program offered through SolarCity. The California-based solar company is currently moving to its new operations facility in the city also known as The Sunshine Factory. While this facility is new, SolarCity has been active in Tucson since 2009 and has installed hundreds of rooftop […]

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Where Can I Get a Solar Lease?

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Solar leases are a new way to go solar, which as the name suggests allows you to lease rather than own a home solar power system. The map below shows the states where solar leases are currently offered. Click on a state to find out which leasing companies currently operate in that state. In states like  California […]

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Why is Solar Attracting Investors?

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There is a popular saying in the in investing world, follow the money. If you follow the money lately you would find that some of it at least is flowing towards solar. This year alone we have seen PG&E create a $60 Million tax equity fund for SolarCity and then a $100 Million tax equity fund to […]

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The Future of Residential Solar Energy

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As I’ve watched the residential solar energy market for the past year I’ve often wondered where it is heading. Who will emerge as the dominant players?  Will the panel manufacturers ultimately control the industry or will those on the leasing and finance side?  How will rebates look in years to come?  Will the federal and local governments […]

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Solar Leases: A New Way to Finance Solar

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Earlier this month we outlined a new type of solar financing product called Solar Power Purchase Agreements (SPPAs). These programs offer homeowners an alternative to purchasing a home solar power system. With SPPAs, a company retains ownership of the solar power system and you simply buy the power the system produces for a set contract period. Similarly, solar […]

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Why Do You Want to Go Solar

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Many of the early adopters of solar energy were out to save the earth at any cost. They lead the charge and helped form the now booming solar energy industry. However these days, people are choosing to install solar panels for a myriad of reasons; To save money, to have fixed, predictable energy costs, to […]

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