A solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is another name for a lease. With a PPA, a solar provider owns, operates, and maintains the solar system on your property and charges you for the energy generated. With a lease, you pay a fixed monthly fee to use a solar system.
But, leaser beware! What you don’t know can cost you. There are several downsides to solar PPAs and leases:
- PPA or lease payments may consume a large portion of your electric bill savings. A lease means you’ll be making payments for the next 25 years, and there’s no equity built up in it.
- The solar PPA or lease provider keeps all federal and state incentives. If you pay cash or get a loan for solar, YOU get the federal tax credit.
- In some cases, a PPA or lease can offer savings, but they don’t add value to your house as much as a loan or purchasing a solar energy system.
- Finding potential home buyers may be difficult if you sell your property during the agreement or lease term. The solar PPA or lease comes with the house and is transferred to the new homeowner.
“A lease encumbers the property. It makes it trickier to sell. Realtors dislike leases because leases don’t add value,” said Mark Miller, A.M. Sun founder and partner. “And the new owners can’t make them remove it.”
You Could End Up Spending More
The goal is to make power via the sun, store it for nighttime, and try not to make more than you need.
“If you don’t analyze it correctly, a PPA or lease could cost you more! You could actually have a higher bill than what you had before solar!” Miller added. “We can give you a return on your investment and reduce your bill. We go through a lot of effort to share all the pertinent information with our customers.”
Solar PPA developers imply that they’ll take care of the bill, but they don’t. Their customers think that they’ll be saving money, but there’s a good chance that they do not.
Potential solar customers should ask:
- How much of your energy profile—solar power—will be going back to the grid?
- How much less will it cost with solar than without it?
- How much will my utility bill be after I get solar?
It’s better to work with someone—like A.M. Sun Solar—who has all the options and will consult with you truthfully to your specific situation, because everyone’s solar needs and circumstances are different.
Bottom line: Paying cash makes the most ‘cents!’
Is A Solar Lease Ever A Good Idea?
There are a few circumstances where a lease might make sense.
- If you have bad credit and you can’t get a loan
- If you don’t have the cash to purchase a solar energy system
- If you can’t use the federal solar tax credit
- If you just want a lower monthly payment
- If you do not want a loan to show up on your credit report
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