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Articles About Solar Financing

Financing is one of the most popular ways to pay for home solar panels. Read what we’ve got to say on the topic in the articles listed below!

What’s an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and what does it have to do with solar?

As if the decision to get solar wasn’t complicated enough – with constantly evolving state and federal policies, as well as widespread misinformation – we’re about to introduce a new factor: the internal rate of return. It may sound daunting at first, but understanding the financial return of investing in solar, regardless of location or […]

Last modified: July 24, 2018

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Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) Explained

Even among the solar-savvy, many people do not know what Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) are or what potential benefits they represent. As we’ve mentioned before, SRECs (or often simply RECs) allow generators of renewable energy to sell credits to businesses like utilities who need them to comply with government regulations. These credits accrue automatically […]

Last modified: February 17, 2017

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Solar Fred’s Most Useful Solar Economic Posts on SolarPowerRocks.com

Photo : Flickr/Patrick Hosely For the last 3 years, SolarPowerRocks is and has been a very useful resource for solar consumers. We’ve got tons of information about technology and solar economics–some of which needs a bit of updating because solar rebates change so often in so many states. Forgive us. However, there are some evergreen […]

Last modified: May 7, 2020

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5 Reasons Why Solar is Now Affordable

Everyone knows that solar is a great renewable resource, but there’s a misconception out there that it’s not really affordable, especially in this economy. While this USED to be the case, the last year has really brought solar prices down to earth, so to speak. Reason 1: 30% uncapped Federal Tax Credit This means that […]

Last modified: June 22, 2009

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SunRun Solar Lease: 5KW Example

In my last post, I told you about the basic info in the newSunRun leasing program, available only in Los Angeles and Arizona for now. In this post, I’ll go through the example of an average sized 5KW system. First I’ll bet you’re asking, “Solar Fred, what’s an average 5KW DC system and what does […]

Last modified: June 16, 2009

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Cash Poor Financing: CityFirst/Municipal Financing

This is the fourth and final answer to Cash Poor Solar Richard, who wrote that he wanted solar panels, but had no upfront cash to pay for them. To recap: Part One talked about solar leases, a no money down option, similar to a car lease. This is a good option, but you also must […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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Cash Poor Financing: 0 Down

In Part One of Cash Poor Richard, I told you about a solar lease program that’s similar to a car lease, with no money to pay upfront, and an option to buy after 15 years. Combined payments targeted to be cheaper than your current electric bill. In Part Two , I told you about Power […]

Last modified: December 18, 2015

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Cash Poor Financing: PPAs

For those of you catching up: Richard wants solar for his family, but doesn’t have the upfront cash or home equity to finance $10 to $15,000 worth of solar panels. I told him about no money down leasing options, such as the one offered through Solar City. Another similar option to leasing is what’s called […]

Last modified: December 18, 2015

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What’s up with the Berkeley FIRST solar financing program?

By Guest Author Sheldon Norberg Berkeley’s long awaited solar program hit the ground yesterday, with the 40 initial financing spots being lotteried off at 9 AM. From the turnout at their public information meetings, it could be as many as five entries for each spot. However, most folks in Berkeley are sharp enough to take […]

Last modified: November 6, 2008

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