Honda, SolarCity raise $65 mln for dealership, home solar systems

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RonWint wrote:

Solar leasing or solar fleecing ? You decide. The solar leasing companies want your roof so that they can take your 30% federal tax credit worth thousands of dollars. They will also take any and all other financial incentives such as cash rebates and REC credits. In exchange you’ll only get a 10 to 15% reduction in your electric bill after you factor in the lease payments and you’ll be stuck with 20 years’ worth of lease payments on forever ageing solar equipment that you can’t sell because it won’t belong to you. In fact after making 20 years’ worth of lease payments, if you want to keep the system, you’ll have to buy it from the leasing company at fair market value. And good luck ever selling your home with a lease attached to it. What home buyer will want to assume your lease payment on used equipment when they can buy a brand new, state of the art system for as little as 1/3 the cost of your lease payments. Today you can buy a complete, name brand, grid tie solar system for only $1.66 a watt. And that’s before any incentives. Instead of a solar lease why not get an FHA $0 down solar loan so you can keep the 30% federal tax credit and all the other financial incentives for a much better return on your investment. Oh, and that discount that the leasing company is offering you, who do you think is paying for that in the end? Right, how generous of you.

Feb 21, 2013 6:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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