Solar Financing - The ways of going solar
The cost of a PV system depends on the system size, choice of equipment (panels and inverters), permitting costs, and labour costs.
Other cost defining factors also include the condition of the building, accessibility, method of installation and more.
Depending on individual’s power usage, you can expect rates of return of up to 15% on your PV installation. Below are the main options available in financing your solar energy system.
DIRECT SYSTEM PURCHASE
A full system purchase is the straightforward option that many customers go for.
You have the ownership of the solar energy system and you reap all the direct benefits it brings over the entire time. Owning your own solar energy system builds personal wealth through energy savings and by increasing the market value of your home.
SOLAR HIRE PURCHASE
A solar Hire Purchase (HP) is an installment plan arrangement whereby a customer agrees to a contract to acquire the solar pv system by paying an initial down payment (e.g. 10% of the total) and repays the balance of the price of the pv system plus interest over a period of time.
Solar HP is advantageous to consumers because it spreads the cost of expensive items over an extended time period where the purchasers are unable to pay for the goods directly.
SOLAR LEASING & THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)
Solar leases and solar Power Purchase Agreements PPAs are similar to renting your solar pv system. You enter into an agreement with the solar leasing company that entitles you to the benefits of the system (i.e., the energy that the solar panels generate) for the term of the contract, which is generally around 20 years.
Under these arrangements, the solar leasing company owns and maintains your solar panel system, so it is entitled to the rebates and financial incentives that are available for the solar panel system.
Consumers benefit from those savings through purchasing electricity from the leasing company at lower electricity rates.