This guide is designed to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system financing and select the best option for their needs. It describes three popular residential solar financing choices—leases, PPAs, and loans— and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how they compare to a direct cash purchase. It attempts to clarify key solar financing terms and provides a list of questions homeowners might consider before deciding if and how to proceed with installing a solar system. Finally, it provides a list of other resources to help homeowners learn more about financing a solar PV system.

DateFebruary 2015                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
TopicSolar Basics & Educating Consumers; Financing, Incentives and Market Analysis
SubprogramSoft Costs
AuthorClean Energy States Alliance