$600 Yearly Savings For Middle-Class Families Who Lease Solar Panels (Average)

by Zachary Shahan

Photo Credit: 401(K) 2013 / Foter / CC BY-SA
Photo Credit: 401(K) 2013 / Foter / CC BY-SA

Originally published on Cost of Solar.

In states where it’s available, solar leasing is extremely popular. Approximately 75% or so of homeowners who go solar in these states decide to go solar through a solar leasing/PPA option. The big stat of the day today is that middle-class families who go solar in this way are projected to save about $600 a year off their electricity costs. That comes to about $12,000 to $15,000 over the course of their 20- to 25-year solar lease or PPA. That’s of course practically the same as making an extra $12,000 to $15,000, but without having to pay taxes on the money.

A lot of people contend that solar leasing rather than simply buying a solar power system is a rip off, since you’re theoretically giving away some of your profits from going solar to the solar leasing company. However, there is a reason or two that such a huge percentage of people go solar through a solar leasing service when given the option.

The biggest one is probably the simple fact that a lot of people don’t like paying for things up front. The average person would rather pay more in the long run, sometimes a lot more, if they can take their time making the payment.

Another thing to keep in mind is that solar leasing companies are often able to take advantage of solar energy tax incentives that the common person can’t take advantage of. This includes the 30% federal tax credit as well as Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) and sometimes state tax credits. With those bigger government incentives, these companies can cut into their own potential profits a bit to make sure consumers get a great deal, perhaps even better than they’d get by buying their own solar power systems. (But, as always, I recommend checking out all your options and running the numbers.)

Other smaller but still notable benefits include the performance guarantees, monitoring, and maintenance that is generally covered by solar leasing/PPA companies. The peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about any of that is quite valuable to a lot of people.

For those three reasons, the majority of people who go solar and have an option to go with a solar leasing service do so that way. Look into whether or not that’s an option for you!

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Zachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

Obama Unveils Energy Initiatives In Las Vegas | MY COMMENT

Obama Unveils Energy Initiatives In Las Vegas
Lucia Graves in The Huffington Post | January 26, 2012

MY COMMENT — President Obama’s idea of linking natural gas pipelines is a good one.

As Wikipedia states: “Natural gas is often described as the cleanest fossil fuel, producing less carbon dioxide per joule delivered than either coal or oil and far fewer pollutants than other hydrocarbo­n fuels.”

The environmen­tal comparison between toxic crude oil pipelines and natural gas pipelines, favours natural gas pipelines by a substantia­l margin.

As for offshore drilling inside U.S. waters, the EPA should have the legal right to cancel the lease of any operator with poor safety or spill at that location and be required by law, to hand the platform over to another company in good standing with the EPA.

That would be one way to reduce spills attributed to drilling platforms and reduce injury or death to workers.

China is out-compet­ing the U.S. on solar panel and wind turbine manufactur­ing and exports. If the U.S. ramps up it can compete, make money at it – and regain lost market share.

It is a huge world-wide market. As Steve Bolze, the President and Chief Executive of GE Power and Water recently said; “Solar is a $100 million business. It’s not a big part of our portfolio, but when you look at it over the course of the next five to 10 years, this could easily be our next billion-do­llar business.” — The National