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A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs

A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs

November 28, 2018

This guide aims to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system financing. The guide describes three popular residential solar financing choices – leases, loans, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) – and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how they compare to a direct cash purchase. It clarifies key solar financing terms and provides a list of questions homeowners should ask before deciding if and how to proceed with installing a solar system.

Advancing Clean Energy Progress: Past, Present, and Future

Advancing Clean Energy Progress: Past, Present, and Future

June 28, 2018

This report presents case studies of the six recipients of the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards.

Cover image for resource: A DC Consumer's Guide to Going Solar

A DC Consumer’s Guide to Going Solar

April 27, 2018

This guide aims to help DC consumers make an informed decision in considering whether to install a solar energy system in their home.

Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage: New Ownership and Investment Models for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities

February 15, 2018

This paper explores additional ownership and financing options for solar+storage projects and low-income communities beyond direct ownership and conventional leasing models.

Unlocking Solar for Low-and Moderate-Income Residents: A Matrix of Financing Options by Resident, Provider, and Housing Type

January 31, 2018

This report identifies the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance PV for low- and moderate-income customers.

A Maryland Consumer’s Guide to Solar

January 17, 2018

The Maryland Energy Administration and the Clean Energy States Alliance have developed a Maryland Consumers Guide to Solar, designed to be a resource for Maryland residents considering home solar photovoltaic systems.

Rooftop Solar Financing 101 (video)

August 10, 2017

This video introduces three common solar financing methods: loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) and briefly explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

May 15, 2017

This guide outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption.

A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities

February 1, 2017

This report identifies market barriers to deploying solar+storage technologies in low-income markets, and proposes more than 50 grant and investment opportunities that socially minded investors can use to target those barriers.

Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs: A Guide for States and Municipalities

January 3, 2017

This guide describes general factors state and municipal governments should consider when assessing whether to launch a public solar loan program, explains various loan program design elements, and offers several case studies.