Solar leases, ppas and solar leasing company loans are three of
the most expensive ways to have solar on your roof in .

Solar Lease Ball And Chain 


Ever wonder why the solar leasing companies never post their pricing on their websites? The answer to that question is simple. If you knew upfront how overpriced their system are, you would probably never consider inviting one of their high pressure salespeople into your home to provide you with a quote.

The leasing companies might post their interest rates, but what good is a low interest rate if you're paying nearly twice the price that you would pay if you purchased the same system from a fair market priced solar dealer?

Unfortunately for consumers across the country, low interest rate solar leasing company loans, power purchase agreements and solar leases are three of the most expensive ways to have solar on your roof. Up to three times the cost of a purchased system from a local or regional dealer using the same name high quality, reliable equipment..

The low interest rate loans offered by the solar leasing companies may appear enticing at first glance but these low interest rate programs are very expensive for the leasing companies and in the end for the system purchaser. They are known as "buy down loans" and can cost the leasing company thousand of dollars in fees which are simply padded into the price of the system.

While many fair market priced solar dealers are installing systems for less than $2.70 per Watt, the solar lease companies that are selling low interest rate loan programs are pricing their systems between $4.50 to well over $5.00 per Watt, completely wiping out any savings that a low interest rate loan might yield.

To put this into perspective, a typical 5 kW grid tied solar system from a fair market priced solar dealer would cost you less than $13,500 before incentives while the same 5 kW grid tie solar system from a solar leasing company will cost you up to $30,000 before the same incentives!

Solar leases and power purchase agreements will typically only save you about 10% to 15% on your electric bill after you factor in the monthly lease/PPA payment.

Not only are you forfeiting the lucrative 30% federal tax credit worth thousands of dollars but to make matters worse, most if not all $0 down solar leases include an annual payment escalator that will increase your monthly payment by up to 2.9% per year, every year for 20 years. A lease payment that may start at $80 per month can run into the hundreds of dollars toward the end of a lease contract.

Imagine what would happen if your utility company decides to, or is ever mandated to add fees or decrease their net metering compensation like what just happened in Nevada. On a lease with annual payment increases, you could end up being forced to pay more for your electricity than if you never had signed that air tight, escalating solar lease contract in the first place.

You'll typically pay so much more to purchase or rent a system from a solar leasing company than a purchase from a local or regional non-leasing dealer, that's it's actually you who will be over-paying to maintain, monitor and insure the leasing company's equipment.

You'll probably have problems selling your home  with a solar lease or power purchase agreement attached to it. What home buyer will want to assume your remaining lease payments on a used, outdated solar system when they can own a brand new system with the latest technology and keep the 30% federal tax credit for thousands less.

Don't believe it ? Well then simply type the keywords "solar lease scaring buyers" into Google and you can read many accounts of homeowners and real estate professionals reporting difficulty when trying to sell a home with a 20 year solar lease or PPA attached to it.

Solar leases and power purchase agreements will typically only save you about 10% to 15% on your electric bill after you factor in the monthly lease/PPA payment.

You'll have to forfeit the 30% federal tax credit and any applicable cash rebate to the leasing company and you won't get tax deductible interest on your lease payments. By purchasing your system with a $0 down FHA solar loan or PACE financing instead, you may qualify for tax deductible interest. Solar leasing company loans, leases and power purchase agreements don't offer tax deductible interest.

And after making 20 years worth of leasing payments, you won't even own the system. It will still belong to the leasing company. If you want to own their system after making all those payment, then you'll have to buy it from the leasing company at the end of your lease at fair market value.

Add up all of the disadvantages that a Solar Lease, Power Purchase Agreement as well as the much higher pricing that a solar leasing company solar loan offers and you'll find that none of these forms of financing makes much sense in today's much lower priced solar market.




Time Is Running Out !

You only have a limited amount of time before California's new,
less favorable net metering policy takes effect.


Call us to find out how to get grandfathered under the old net metering policy
so you can avoid paying the new fees and avoid the new TOU (Time Of Use) mandate before it's too late.




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LightStream Loans

LightStream loans. $0 down. No collateral required or lien against your home. Affordable Payments.

PACE Loans

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Comerica Loans

Comerica loans. $0 down and no payments for one full year as well as home equity lines of credit.



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