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- A solar power purchase agreement (PPA) is a financial contract with a third-party solar developer who finances, installs, and manages a solar energy system on your residence at low or no cost.
- Pay only for your energy generated at an agreed price per kWh.
- Less substantial return on investment than purchasing or financing solar panels.
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Pros and cons of a solar PPA
|Less financial risk||Not qualified for tax incentives and rebates|
|Little to no upfront money needed||Committed to a long-term contract|
|No need to take out a loan||Ineligible for SREC income|
|Lower monthly energy bills||Fees may increase over time|
|Less time commitment for planning and design||Homeowners may still need to pay for site upgrades|
|Increase home value||Homeowners may have a higher property tax|
|Gain energy independence||Homeowners may need to pay early termination fees|
Solar PPA FAQs
Most homes with solar panels remain connected to the power grid because it allows them to use additional energy when solar panels aren’t generating enough power. Solar batteries can help store solar energy for off-peak times.
No. This PPA benefit would go to the solar developer.
The best option for setting up a solar system at your home is one that meets your individual needs. Ownership is the way to go if you prefer to collect tax incentives, want to pay the upfront cost of solar or take out a loan, and don’t mind a down payment. Leasing or a PPA might be best if you prefer to start solar with little upfront costs.
When you lease your solar panels, you pay a monthly fee to lease the system or purchase power produced from the leased panels at a set price per kWh. With a PPA, you pay per kWh for energy consumed. The other main difference is that a solar developer retains the RECs in a PPA. However, if you choose the PPA route, you may be able to negotiate to keep the RECs (and the profit from them) in your control.
Green and renewable solar energy benefits the environment and your wallet. Find out what other incentives might be available for solar panel costs in your state guide below.