We get asked this a lot. What is the best way to pay for solar?
It is one of the most important questions to ask when researching any investment, and one that is ultimately new to each of us as apposed to buying a car or even our first house.
Owning and producing your own power is a home improvement, an investment in your home with an incredibly quick return rate that can be affected by the terms necessary to make that investment.
Listed below are the most common methods for customers to purchase their solar system:
Cash – Cash is of course the least costly way to purchase when available to you. This is obviously not an option for many of us, but if possible whenever you save an interest rate it decreases your payback time and increases your instant savings.
Very few investments have as good of an ROI as home solar, so some customers have benefited from moving a lesser producing investment to solar.
Home Improvement loan or HELOC’s – Solar improves the value of your home tremendously, as much as 65% of the value of your solar system and by law will not increase your property tax. Most customers seeking financing find that re-financing or a home improvement line of credit will be the lowest interest rate option for almost any homeowner.
Short term financing from your local financial institution. Lenders that you currently have a relationship with can often provide the best rate on a short-term credit purchase (ie. buying a car or installing a garage or new windows in your home). Solar specific loans are unique and still not mainstream but talk to your local lender about available options in your area.
Solar Specific Financing – We have different lenders that we work with to provide competitive rates for your solar project. When researching a solar specific loan options, the benefit can be terms that will be extended as far as half the life of the solar system or more – ensuring that your monthly expenses do not increase at all even up front.
- LightStream Affiliate – Learn more.
- Shorter term loans with lower interest rates available to highly qualified applicants.
- Clean Energy Credit Union – Learn more.
CECU is a not-for-profit financial institution that is focused solely on providing loans that help people afford clean energy products and services such as solar electric system.
- Provides “Solar PV Combo loan” options.
- Supreme Lending – Learn more.
- The Wilkerson Team Home Equity Solution – Full service mortgage lender that has financing options to allow you to tap into your well deserved equity. A cash-out refinance can get you a new mortgage at a lower rate that includes the cost of your solar installation.