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  •  There's an interesting company called Vivant solar (16+ / 0-)

    that has a different strategy.  Instead of selling solar panels to homeowners, they install solar systems on people's roofs, which they (Vivant) continues to own.  They then sell the power to the homeowners, cheaper than the local electrical utility rate, supplying about 80% of their power demand.

    The homeowner doesn't have any up-front investment to recoup, and isn't responsible for maintenance.

    Apparently, at their current rate of expansion, they will be the largest commercial power company in the country in a few years.  Not just the largest solar power company - they will be generating and selling more electricity to paying customers than Constellation, Excellon, or any of the other big power plant companies.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:31:34 AM PST

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    •  I can't tell if they are national but another (2+ / 0-)
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      solar company that will lease you a system is Sungevity.

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      by Frank In WA on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 02:38:49 PM PST

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      •  Lots of panel leasing in California (0+ / 0-)

        Ours are leased. But instead of "buying" power from Solar Coty, we just prepaid the entire lease, 20 years worth, for about $10,000.

        But we have net metering, so in the summer, we are selling energy to the utility.

        From what I heard, panel leasing has to be approved by whatever state or regional authorities regulate utilities, which is why the commenter said no net metering where s/he lives.  With the net metering and the lease instead of buy, we will pay for the panels in less than 5 years from energy savings.

      •  This isn't leasing. They sell you power. (0+ / 0-)

        They are a commercial power company, just like the owners of a coal-fired power plant.  You are still a customer, buying power by the kWh, which is generated by the company and sold at a profit to you.

        The difference is, they own many, many very small "power plants," and they hook directly into your house instead of going through the grid.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:41:27 AM PST

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