Solar Financing Options Opening Up

The solar lease has become a huge driver of revenue from solar installers such as SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY  ) and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR  ) . But equity financing that takes advantage of tax credits is becoming a limiting factor to industry growth. One alternative is the solar loan, something SunPower recently unleashed in Australia. Solar analyst Travis Hoium covers why this and other financing options are so important to solar growth. 

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  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2013, at 11:20 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    Solar leasing is growing the industry. But honestly, it is stupid for the consumer. You are much better off taking out a 2nd mortgage and just paying cash for an installation. That way you get to take the tax-credit and you get a fixed tax-deductible monthly payment (while electricity rates rise). But sadly, people are not very smart.

  • Report this Comment On September 01, 2013, at 12:36 AM, ronwiserinvestor wrote:

    We've been offering $0 down solar loans for well over a year now. Solar lease and PPAs are quickly becoming obsolete. With a $0 down solar loan, the homeowner gets to keep the 30% federal tax credit and other incentives which is typically worth about $6,000 to $8,000 on an average sized system at today's much lower pricing

    And with a $0 down solar loan, you'll avoid the phenomenon known as the "underwater solar lease" that is now plaguing homeowners who are trying to sell their homes because prices for solar have dropped so low that it now cost less to buy a brand solar system than it does to assume a homeseller's remaining lease payments on their used system.

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