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Homes.Solar has limited the amount of offset you can choose in this illustration to between 60% and 90% in recognition of typical variables including system size, the position of the roof, and location of surrounding trees and structures. Your local utility company may still charge the basic service charges regardless of your total offset. This illustration Does Not Include the Cost of Solar and is only an approximate representation of what your electric bill may be if you choose to install a solar energy system. Your total savings and offset percentage are not guaranteed. All illustrations based on data from EIA’s 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey
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Almost every state has been weighing changes to how homes with solar are compensated for electricity they send to the grid. The results will impact solar growth.
Like solar installers across much of America, Mark Hagerty is adapting to drastic changes in the economics of his business. His state, Michigan, is one of many that are cutting the rates rooftop solar owners receive for selling excess power to the grid.
“We’re going to do fewer jobs, and each job is going to be a smaller size,” said Hagerty, president of Michigan Solar Solutions, a solar installer based northwest of Detroit. His comments echo concerns now being voiced by solar installers in many states as new rules take effect.
For most Florida homeowners, cash and leasing are still the 2 most popular ways to pay for a new solar installation. These financing approaches are polar opposites. And they both have their own pros and cons:
But with Homes.Solar, there’s now a Third financing option – one that’s quickly picking up steam in the Sunshine State.
PACE financing combines the best of both worlds by turning solar into an affordable investment that delivers guaranteed returns.
Short for Property Assessed Clean Energy, PACE is a unique type of solar financing that provides you with full system ownership – without requiring any upfront payments.
Here’s how it works.
An authorized PACE lender provides you with money to pay for your solar installation (parts and labor included). This financing is technically a loan. And you may be wondering why anyone would take on debt to go solar.
After all, the goal is to save money by installing panels – not owe money.
But here’s what makes PACE financing unique.
The loan is tied directly to your property taxes instead of to any personal guarantees. And this means your annual property tax bill goes up slightly over the 20-year term of the PACE agreement.
But rather than pay off this higher tax bill using your own money, you use that year’s utility bill savings instead. In fact, you’ll have extra cash in your pocket at the end of each billing cycle. So, your annual savings are guaranteed.
And at Homes.Solar, we can further increase those savings by extending the PACE loan terms from 20 years to 25. This shrinks your annual obligation, allowing you to keep even more money in your wallet each year.
As an added bonus, the interest payments on PACE loans may be 100% tax deductible.
Better still, PACE financing isn’t attached to you – the borrower. Instead, it follows the property. And this is beneficial for 2 reasons:
Every homeowner is different. And depending on your own goals, budget, and credit history, you may be better off exploring other financing options like cash or solar leasing.
But for a growing number of homeowners throughout Florida, PACE offers many important benefits. And it would be a mistake to not consider this financing solution as you begin exploring your solar options.
To learn how Homes.Solar can help you qualify for affordable PACE solar financing, schedule a free consultation with us today.
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